The U.S. information technology (IT) research and development (RaD) ecosystem was the envy of the world in 1995. However, this position of leadership is not a birthright, and it is now under pressure. In recent years, the rapid globalization of markets, labor pools, and capital flows have encouraged many strong national competitors. During the same period, national policies have not sufficiently buttressed the ecosystem, or have generated side effects that have reduced its effectiveness. As a result, the U.S. position in IT leadership today has materially eroded compared with that of prior decades, and the nation risks ceding IT leadership to other nations within a generation. Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology RaD Ecosystem calls for a recommitment to providing the resources needed to fuel U.S. IT innovation, to removing important roadblocks that reduce the ecosystem's effectiveness in generating innovation and the fruits of innovation, and to becoming a lead innovator and user of IT. The book examines these issues and makes recommendations to strengthen the U.S. IT RaD ecosystem.Box 4.1 iPod and iTunes: Internationalization of Design and Implementation The Apple iPod is a digital music player with a highly stylized industrial design and an easy-to-use click-wheel user interface. ... five generations have been launched in only 6 years: the iPod, iPod mini, iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and video iPod. ... The iPod offers an interesting case study in the internationalization of product design and implementation.1 For the fifth-generation video iPod, among the most costly anbsp;...
|Title||:||Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology R&D Ecosystem:|
|Author||:||Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology R & D Ecosystem: Retaining Leadership in an Increasingly Global Environment, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2009-03-16|