Higher education can now tap into an explosion of educational resources that are free to view, download and modify. That's disruptive to commercial textbooks, media and assessments.
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The MIT OpenCourseWare website launched in 2002, and by 2007 MIT put its entire curriculum online, free of charge. The OpenCourseWare site includes video lectures, presentations and course materials drawn from MIT's standard curriculum. It also paved the way for MIT's entry into the MOOC arena, first with MITx and then edX, a joint venture with Harvard that now has 12 participating universities.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
CIOs Get Smart About BIIT’s tried for years to simplify business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
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