As of time of writing, we are twelve hours away from the final exam.
Using this blog to study has been a great, insightful experience. I started with the premise that information is not like a traditional resource; its value is not in scarcity but in transfer (cf. Week 1). This is true of the knowledge that I have gained from INFS1602. In this quasi-gift economy of undergraduate studies, there is zero marginal cost – making notes for myself would have been even more effortful, and I wouldn’t have the chance to try to help anyone else (cf. Week 2). My blog as an enterprise has been extremely low-maintenance; as a ‘pure play’ project, there have been very few key resources that I’ve had to acquire (cf. Week 3). Such is the wonder of Web 2.0 and social media, whereby any cramming student can set up a blog in a matter of minutes and gain 431 views in less than a week by linking to his blog on his Facebook (cf. Week 4).
What you see in that picture above was generated by WordPress.com using an intensive BI process that probably involved lots of data warehousing and ETL processes from its web server logs (cf. Weeks 5-7). Goodness knows how difficult that would have been in terms of system development and project management. I wonder if WordPress was built from a Waterfall approach, or a more modern approach such as iterative, RAD, JAD, or maybe even Agile? (cf. Weeks 8-9)
Sure, all this stuff is public on the web. But, where we have compromised confidentiality, we have increased integrity and availability. Security has improved in this form of studying (cf. Week 10). There are some social and ethical issues that may arise from my use of this blog; however, I believe that the many benefits outweigh the negligible costs and tolerable risks. I do, after all, try to use CC-licensed pictures to decorate blog posts (cf. Week 11).
Whatever happens tomorrow morning, this has been a great run. I leave you with the words of the late Steve Jobs. If anyone understood how Business and Information Systems go together, he would have:
“You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart … stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Let’s do this thing.