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Ask Dan!

Is Information Technology transforming the U.S. Heartland?

by Dan Power

The Midwest United States chapter of the Association for Information
Systems (MWAIS) is hosting a conference in May 2007 with the theme
"Information Technology: Transforming the Heartland". The 2nd Annual
Conference of the Midwest AIS will be held in Springfield, Illinois
May 18-19, 2007 and is hosted by the College of Business and
Management at the University of Illinois at Springfield. MWAIS 2007
will provide a stimulating environment to facilitate the sharing of
ideas. About 100 participants are expected from throughout the
Midwest U.S., neighboring states, Canadian provinces, and beyond. The
MWAIS 2007 website is

MWAIS serves Association for Information Systems Members across the
Midwest from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
MWAIS serves the needs of Information Technology thought leaders in
the U.S. Heartland. Many of the eastern states in the region led the
U.S. industrial revolution and the praire states were leaders in the
global agrarian revolution. The region is a mix of what Joel Gareau
(1981) called the Foundary and the Breadbasket. Beginning in the
mid-1990s, the Internet and the World-wide Web provided the
information technology infrastructure to transform business,
government, and the lives of the residents of the region.

The U.S. Heartland has an abundant supply of water from rivers and
the U.S. Great Lakes, fertile soil, mineral resources, especially
iron and coal, a good transportation system, and a well educated
population. More than 17% of the population in the region have at
least bachelors degrees and the states have many excellent
Universities. The problem has been the changing employment needs in
agriculture and manufacturing, but the Information Revolution or
Internet Age has provided new job opportunities and changed the
migration patterns and demographic trends of the region. Today we
have outstanding access to information technologies and Internet
connectivity. Although the weather is still generally cold in the
winter and hot in the summer throughout the region, modern climate
control, immersive video games, web surfing and video chat have
helped conquer the weather.

What is the impact of IT?

Information Technology broadly refers to computing hardware including
PDAs, GPS devices, RFID, networks, application software like Decision
Support systems and computer operating systems. The general impacts
from Information Technology that are occurring globally like
e-business, e-commerce and e-government are also positively impacting
the Midwest United States. The rate of change is of course varied
across the region. Specific impacts are more interesting and suggest
the scope and magnitude of the transformation that is occurring. Let
me suggest 25 impacts of Information Technology: 

1. Changing business models of book stores, publishing, newspapers
and media companies

2. Changing decision making processes, especially decentralizing
decision making

3. Changing population migration patterns, especially reducing farm
to city migration

4. Creating good jobs, manufacturing high technology products, using
information technology, and providing IT services

5. Creating new crimes like phishing and cybertheft, but helping
catch criminals

6. Enhancing and expanding distance learning, especialy in Higher
Education but potentially in K-12

7. Facilitating creation of virtual communities

8. Facilitating Interfirm coordination and control

9. Impacting citizenship and participation in elections, residents
are using email and the Web to further their political activity

10. Improving government revenue collection and law enforcement

11. Improving information distribution, more information is available
with wider dissemination, and faster access

12. Improving patient outcomes in Hospitals and clinics

13. Improving quality of life of residents, especially in rural

14. Increasing efficiency of global product supply chains

15. Increasing entertainment options, especially virtual worlds,
online gambling, music and video

16. Increasing productivity of organizations

17. Increasing training needs, especially in the use of information

18. Providing access to a broader range of goods and services

19. Providing new tools for scholarly research

20. Reducing layers of management and hence managerial overhead costs

21. Reducing privacy and increasing our access to information about
other people

22. Reducing the need for cash and hence improving transaction

23. Reducing transportation costs

24. Stimulating entrepreneurship, especially increasing the number of
technology and home based businesses

25. Supporting geographically distributed teams

In the Midwest U.S., firms like General Motors encourage car dealers
to buy online; Ameritrade in Omaha, Nebraska has helped create a more
efficient market for trading stocks; farmers are using global
positioning systems and spatial DSS to gather, store, view, and
analyze data for making better crop production decisions; Speedpass
( is making it easier and faster to pay for
purchases at participating Exxon and Mobil stations; and Midwest
University professors are studying the impact of information
technology and applying IT to real business, government, and
organizational problems. 

The so-called digital divide seems to be narrowing in Midwest U.S.,
but more needs to be done to realize the full benefits of information
technology. We all need to become more aware of possible changes from
information technology.

The keynote speakers at MWAIS 2007 are Blake Ives and Ron Swift.
Blake holds the C.T. Bauer Chair in Business Leadership in the School
of Business at the University of Houston. Ron is vice president of
Cross-Industry Solutions for Teradata, a division of NCR.

Come debate the impact of information technology in Springfield, IL
at MWAIS 2007. Completed papers (2500 words) should be emailed to the
program co-chairs by February 13; Research-in-progress papers (750
words) and panel proposals should be submitted by February 26, 2007.
Contact Program Co-Chairs: Arkalgud Ramaprasad, University of
Illinois at Chicago, email: and Matthew Nelson,
Illinois State University, email:

As always your comments and suggestions are appreciated. This Ask
Dan! is research-in-progress.


Garreau, J., The Nine Nations of North America, Avon Books, 1981.

Please note: Dan Power, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA,
is President of Midwest AIS (MWAIS). For more information check .


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2. ISCRAM 2007, May 13-16, 2007 Delft, The Netherlands. 
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3. AMCIS 2007, Americas Conference on Information Systems,
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4. DaWaK 2007, 9th International Conference on Data
Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery, Regensburg, Germany,
September 3-7, 2007. Full papers due: April 13, 2007.
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