If I was given the task of determining the mission statement, I would include the use of the words people and technology in the mission, since it appears STARS need skilled and dedicated staff to achieve their goal. They also plan to replace their current fleet of helicopters for faster and longer range coverage of their service. The mission statement could be as follows:
Providing a safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport system for the critically ill and injured, through the best people and cutting edge technology.
If STARS manage to provide these services to cover the whole state of ALBERTA, then the mission statement could also cover the scope of its geographic operations.
It is very important that the information system is well managed because:
* Information increases flexibility with regard to how, when and where resources may be utilized to achieve strategic advantage for the organization.
* Enhanced information exchange facilitates collaboration and redefines relationships between an organization, employees, suppliers and the public at large.
* Managers will use it to better manage resources towards achieving goals through human resource in an organization.
IS is therefore the thread that links the organization’s activities into an integrated process
Based on my analysis, it can be seen that there is no coherent IS strategy in STARS because from the 72 page STARS Critical, Strategic and Operation Plan, only a single paragraph of IS was mentioned and the STARS organization structure appeared to lack executive level IT representation until the new CIO was recruited.
The IS initiatives in the organization appear to be badly managed by consultants who:
* overcharge the organization for menial tasks such as changing passwords or fixing printers
* in one case, did not provide a timeline for a project.
* Did not follow procedures of providing quotations before commencing work.
Additionally, the new CIO’s predecessor was doing outside consulting assignments and did not appear to fully focus on the IS job in hand.
It also appears that there are several tasks that have been setup historically for whatever reason that could be streamlined and perhaps centralized for better control by the IS department. Most IS projects seemed to be purely reactive in nature, without little forethought and planning.
Hence a complete review of architecture, configuration, maintenance and administration of the entire STARS network will be needed, that would have an impact on STARS current and future operations and decision making processes.
In an organization, more than 80% of an organization’s business content is semistructured or unstructured, hence business value of improved decision making will help Improve hundreds of thousands of “small” decisions which then adds up to large annual value for the business . The types of decisions could include unstructured decisions where the decision maker must provide judgment, evaluation, and insight to solve problems. It will also include structured decisions where repetitive and routine decisions are made involving a definite procedure for handling so they do not have to be treated each time as new.
It appears therefore that STARS will need to build a knowledge management system, which will include the following aspects:
* Enterprise-wide knowledge management systems. These are general-purpose firm-wide efforts to collect, store, distribute, and apply digital content and knowledge,
* Knowledge work systems (KWS). These are specialized systems built for helicopter pilots, nurses, paramedics and other professionals such experts in clinical operations, aviation, engineering, communications, disaster preparedness and base operations which comprised the STAR Air Ambulance service ( Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society.
* Intelligent techniques. These are diverse group of...
March 23, 2014
The King and I: Plot Summary
The King and I, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, is a broadway musical based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. The musical relates to the experiences that main character, Anna, has while in Siam. The king of Siam has hired Anna as a school teacher in efforts to modernize his country and provide education for his many, many children.
The musical takes place in 1862, widowed schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, arrives in Bangkok, Siam at request of the king. Anna is accompanied by her son, who is intimidated by the king’s prime minister, but Anna is not bothered by the likes of him. Anna is hired by the king to educate his many children. She and her son are escorted to the king’s palace where they will be staying. This is a violation of Anna’s contract, for she was supposed to stay in a separate home.
A few weeks later, while Anna and her son are kept in their room, the king receives a gift: a slave girl Tuptim. Tuptim is to be added to the king’s vast collection of wives and mistresses. This is the reason why the king has so many children. With so many wives, you can get so many children. Tuptim meets a dashing scholar known as Lun Tha. The two fall in love, but must keep their feelings hidden, for the king will be angry.
Anna meets the king’s many wives. His wives grow fond of Anna as she tells tales of her late...
...Christianity and Culture Assignment
I robot is a movie based on the works of an atheistic man, in which there are many theological themes present, which play toward the same questions we ask about our faith each and every day.
I Robot is a movie based on the works of Victor Asimnov, a man who wrote several short stories about robots and human kinds interaction. The movie takes place in futuristic Chicago in the year 2035, at a time there are so many robots, that there will soon be one of them in each home. The story revolves around detective Del Spooner (Will Smith), a homicide detective who hates robots. The reason being that he had a bad experience with them, ever since a robot saved his life in a car accident when it could have saved a young girl instead.
The movie starts off when the scientist who repaired Will Smith after the accident, named Alfred Lanning, is found dead in the lobby of the U.S. Robotics office tower. Del Spooner (Will Smith) assumes that the scientist's death was not a suicide attempt, but a murder committed by a robot named Sonny. Everyone tells Spooner that he's crazy, because robots cannot go against the three laws by which they are to abide by at any cost.
THE THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS:
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except...
...A Comparison Of The Decline Of Han China And The Roman Empire
A Comparison of the Decline of Han China and the Roman Empire
The decline of China and Rome both shared similar economic strife in that they were both subject to barbarian and nomadic invasions, therefore having to spend large amounts of money on frontier defense; however, they differed in that the Han Empire collapsed in part due to the high taxes imposed on the peasant class resulting in a large peasant rebellion, such as the Yellow Turbans, while in Rome tax collections was in danger of abandonment as residents of the empire were few in number and in financial difficulty. In addition, the two empires were similar socially because of large epidemics, diseases, and plagues that caused a population decrease. Also, both experienced a cultural decay in intellectual creativity and innovations. Differences appear in that China shared common culture, such as the Chinese script, while Rome was more fragmented causing a less severe fall in China than Rome. Politically, the falls of both
Comparing Classical Athens And Han China
The differences between Classical Athens and Han China were major and distinctive. The background information, government, values of the individual, and art of each society show how differently each empire developed.
Within the background information of both Athens and Han China you can automatically notice evident differences between the two. The first document shows the maps of both...
...Tuesday, September 23rd
The Influence of Art
I was fortunate enough to spend the first 11 years of my life in Grand Rapids, Michigan: home of streetcars, freezing winters, and humid summers. My family and I lived in a standard sized cobblestone house surrounded by thick bristled green fir trees that stood so tall, and wide that my father was able to build my younger sister, Erinn and I a pint-sized tree house that was pink with lime green shutters that he managed to somehow wedge in between two of the giants. I went to an elementary school up the road by the name of Endeavor; our school did not require students to take an art class until the 5th grade. Summer had soon come to an end, which meant I was on my way into art. I didn’t think very highly of art class because of all of the bad experiences that I had from the years before, even just the thought of macaroni art, or adding paper mâché over thin waxy balloons was enough to make me cringe. I even tried begging the principle, Mrs. McDowell to make an exception. I offered to volunteer in the library in place of art. Principle McDowell was a thin middle aged woman with spindly fingers, and bucket like wavy blonde hair. She had been the principle at Endeavor ever since I had been in kindergarten, she knew me well and told me that I would do just fine, and sent me on my...
...“Only then I realized how much I loved her”
The death of a family member will always be a considerable trauma for the rest of the family members and other relatives. Any life can be taken away in a blink of an eye. I don’t think anyone really thinks about tragedy until they are actually faced with the shocking news. I never thought much about it myself, until I was faced with the devastating news of my life. My cousin’s death was unexpected. I didn’t realized how much I loved her until I seen her in the casket.
It was December 15, 2009 my first semester of high school was almost over. I just had four days left of school I was so anxious to leave to Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico; I was counting the days to see my cousin at the hospital. That Tuesday afternoon I was on my lunch break with my friends were inside the cafeteria sitting down at the round gray lunch table. Yvette was eating a disgusting chicken sandwich which; the chicken was still red and juicy. Zaida was eating her green salad; Blanca was eating pizza that was really hard and crusty because it had been heated up the day before and I wasn’t eating I wasn’t hungry. I was in sitting down at the table when at exactly at 12:15 p.m I just got a deep sadness I closed my eyes and my...
September 13, 2011
I Hope You Dance
“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder/You get that fill to eat but always keep that hunger/May you never take one single breath for granted/God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.” The first time I ever heard the lyrics of this song was a sunny afternoon in July. I was riding in the car with my mom when it came on the radio, and it has stuck with me since that day. Lee Ann Womack's song, I Hope You Dance, sends a powerful message. Through her words, she displays the desire of never giving up on love, keeping an open mind about life and what it has in store, and taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.
“Loving might be a mistake, but its worth making.” A literal translation of this line would be that loving someone might be a mistake in the end, but that doesn’t mean you should cease to put effort into the relationship. Throughout the years, this line has proven to be true to me. During high school, I had a boyfriend of two years and, even though the relationship ended, the memories we made will last forever. I have also found this line to prove powerful when it comes to family and friends. My parents recently got a divorce when my mom found out that my dad had an affair. For over a year, I refused to see or talk to my dad. I called him for the first time the day...
...NTT DoCoMo: Marketing i-mode
Why was NTT DoCoMo so successful? What is the most critical reason for its success?
DoCoMo’s i-mode delivered a service that met the incipient need of a large target group in the
market, namely a world wide web-like content service on a mobile phone, and rapid easy
messaging; this was the critical driver of its success. Most of their strategic and marketing decisions,
such as its choice of content, advertising, pricing, technology and hardware, revolved around
appealing to young Japanese customers. Its consistent marketing approach created a service that
consumers were previously not able to articulate. The service was a “blue ocean” (Kim &
Mauborgne, 2005) - a standalone service that uniquely integrated the most appealing aspects of
the internet and mobile communications.
The following are the key decisions that supported the success of DoCoMo:
DoCoMo chose not to control the entire value chain from content to network, but rather involved
the work of third-party entrepreneurs to build content. Partners like Bandai (Moon et al., 2002, p.6),
Japan’s largest producer of toys and video games, supplied emotionally appealing content for
teenagers and young adults. In addition, a centralized and seamless billing structure facilitated
payment to content providers by subscribers who valued convenience and who disliked small
purchases made with credit cards. This service proved popular; in 2001...
...room. When suddenly the door bell rang. Instantly, all eyes were on me. Oh! How I hate to be interrupted when it is my turn to speak. Apparently, it was assumed that the eldest among siblings would do the prestigious task of opening the door. Well at that point of time, in order to impress everyone, I followed the ritual and answered the door. At the door stood my nosey poker neighbour and I presumed that she was here to complain about the noise from our house.
But to my surprise, she revealed in a composed manner, “Someone’s balcony is burning”. “Whose?” I asked inquisitively. Before I could even enquire further, she confirmed something that exploded into my ears. “Thressia, I think those flames are coming out of your balcony”.
I was astounded, as I would expect a neighbour to bang my door and show some urgency when they realize my balcony was burning ….but, here she was cool as a cucumber!!!
In split seconds, we raced to the balcony and to our utter dismay the news was true. It was a dreadful sight indeed and our heartbeats stopped. Tongues of flames were spreading rampantly in our balcony burning every thing in its way with thick black smoke that made it difficult to see.
Our first reaction was to splash lots of water to douse the flames. Instantaneously, we all ran towards the bathroom and to our sheer astonishment, the bathroom door was...