Sunday, March 14, 2004

Capitalizing on IT
Some thoughts and finds on IT developments.

In recent University Memorandums The CAN SPAM legistlation puts a bind on certain fundamentals of using the internet to activate correspondence in the one to many sense.

The controversies?

The controversies are nothing new the reason there is so much SPAM is because it is an effective method to affordably increase sales. The argument is that less reputable businesses and institution are blocking opportunities for more reputable ones and now that legistlation is toughening up on the definition of SPAM, IT's biggest champions are suffering the most by limiting the freedom to send email for the purpose of promotion and fundraising.

A similar controversy existed when Porn was making its presence felt. The consensus was Porn was bad and unacceptable; the question became when is it porn and when is it art? The problem with capitalism is that laws established out of "moral integrity" fall by the way side of "what they will buy we must sell".

SPAM can only dry up if sales are no longer a direct result of SPAMMING.

Gimmicks sell, Sex sells, Enthusiasm sells, finally SPAM sells. Efforts to make traditionally intrusive SPAM straighten up and fly right puts a squeeze on free internet services and the opportunity for the advancement of technology on a creative larger scale interaction.

SPAM and POP up blocking software seems like a good solution to those being bombarded by advertising online, the next problem is because less effort has been put into valuable Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Analytics at this time we do not have the high quality software that can accurately or more accurately distinguish the difference between email you want and email you don't; between java designed second screens and advertising pop-ups.

Big Brothers Mis-Adventure

Technology has evolved the strongest based on where the money is. Government needs have determined the priorities of IT. Data building, connectivity, storage, security serve as major concerns for Government needs but these focal points diminish down the food chain. Real life small business needs remain the last to be accommodated.

The problem is that the IT spending and consumerism that is needed to rejuvenate morale and the economy are being deflated by Big brothers' over involvement in a forum that continues to need more time to develop.

To top it all off at least 20 states in the US are working to spend greater effort to impose and enforce taxes on Internet related business. On a service level it would seem reasonable that offline and online business transactions should be regarded in much the same way. This would be fine if online business transactions where not consistently being challenged in key growth areas. Online business does not have the same measure of stability that offline businesses do. Therefore any additional costs and challenges make the overall effort less attractive than originally believed.

This slows down the number of new businesses popping which puts a greater lean on state employment opportunities and availabilities,etc.

The trouble with Taxes

Taxes are a problem when revenue is limited. That is when the money paid out to taxes creates a profit loss and liability. The more difficult online and IT efforts become the greater chance of more offshore outsourcing, less innovation, and less overall spending on IT.

IT facts and IT fiction

IT has a limited reality following. When the average JOE thinks of technology the connection more often than not takes the mind to Science Fiction rather than IT fact. Few imagine the real possibilities of technology and most first envision gadgets found on Star Trekk or Star Wars as being the definition of IT evolutions.

The answer means getting people to change their ideas about IT in time to preserve the progression of successful business integrations. I have to wonder given these thoughts is it really prudent to dismiss the ideas of IT unions?


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