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How RSS can help you


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Some examples of how managers can use RSS.

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How RSS can help you

  1. 1. Corporate Information Systems William A. Sodeman, Ph.D. Hawaii Pacific University 19 July 2008 Saturday afternoon session
  2. 2. What is RSS? <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Push technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>XML is a “wrapper” or a lightweight data-integration system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>XML = machine readable data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML = human readable web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Users can subscribe to content that they want to read </li></ul><ul><li>The user decides when, where and how to read their subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>See this article for more details </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why use RSS? <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>More convenient that using bookmarks or web search </li></ul><ul><li>Event-based feeds deliver information when the event happens </li></ul><ul><li>Many RSS feeds offer full-text content for free </li></ul><ul><li>Few or no advertisements! </li></ul><ul><li>Users can use the RSS feed list across multiple services </li></ul><ul><li>Stock and portfolio tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Weather forecasts </li></ul><ul><li>Package tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Music playlists </li></ul><ul><li>Sports scores </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic conditions </li></ul><ul><li>More examples </li></ul>
  4. 4. RSS examples in the enterprise <ul><li>Replace dashboards </li></ul><ul><li>Replace broadcast e-mail messages </li></ul><ul><li>Announce company and department events </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute mission-critical reports and documents </li></ul><ul><li>Display lists of exceptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receivables that are 30 days past due </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Late or AWOL employees </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Reading RSS feeds with traditional applications <ul><li>Readers are built into modern web browsers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safari </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opera </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are dozens of feed readers available as stand-alone applications </li></ul><ul><li>Some readers can synchronize with a web service </li></ul>
  6. 6. RSS feeds and Web services <ul><li>There are hundreds of web-based RSS readers and aggregators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Yahoo! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feeds are updated on the service’s server </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to share feeds and articles with others </li></ul><ul><li>Service can recommend feeds and articles based on usage patterns </li></ul>