Burke Technology Services


Analysis of Electronic Commerce in California

BTS assessed the potential impacts of electronic commerce in California for the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). BTS reviewed the evolution and structure of electronic commerce, including possible public policy concerns and information technologies that may shape its future. The study is being used by PPIC as a basis for establishing a program of policy development initiatives in electronic commerce.

Business Knowledge Center

BTS worked with the Bay Area Regional Technology Alliance (BARTA) and a Bay Area local government to develop a concept design and perform a feasibility analysis for a Business and Knowledge Center. The plan, and associated architectural program, applied developments in digital technology to education and training for the benefit of the local and regional community. Program support facilities included:

Business Planning & Development Assistance for Startup & Small Technology Companies

On an individual basis BTS provided the following services to startup companies:

Dr. Burke served as a consultant and later as CEO of the Contra Costa Software Business Incubator (CCSBI), located in Concord, CA. He assisted 16 startup software companies with a range of services, depending on their needs to grow into public companies. When funding for the incubator was withdrawn as a result of California's fiscal crisis, Dr. Burke organized the closure of the incubator and the transition of its firms to new facilities.

E-Learning Survey and Analysis

BTS assisted the University of California Berkeley Extension Online program to survey companies about changes that are taking place in online corporate training, and to provide firms with preliminary information about the UCB Extension Online program. BTS selected and interviewed 80 firms. The process included the design and testing of the survey form, and the actual survey process.

Emergency Preparedness Virtual Community Planning

BTS performed a NASA wide study to review the requirements of Emergency Preparedness Managers and to link them in a virtual community utilizing the Internet / World Wide Web. The project is intended to show the benefit of linking professionally isolated managers on a day-to-day basis in order to increase readily-available knowledge to prepare for various types of emergencies.

High Tech Crime Analysis & Strategy Development

BTS assisted the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP) in data collection, analysis, strategy development, and in writing of a strategic plan to address high technology crime in California. The effort was part of the development and updating of the High Technology Theft Apprehension and Prosecution Program as mandated in SB 1734. The program, managed by OCJP, coordinates with the regional task forces set up within the State to fight high technology crime. Based on interviews with California police officers and district attorneys with experience in high tech crime, and with internal research, BTS identified and analyzed the scope and scale of high tech crime in California.

In order to develop a program to effectively fight high technology crime in California a strategy was developed that identified the different types and extent of high technology crime, including the differences between regions, local needs and programs. Also since high technology crime may originate outside of a local community, crime-fighting approaches, potential jurisdictional issues and the coordination local, state and federal organizations were taken into account.

The work was also based on knowledge of information technology, including high speed networks and the Internet, web site development and e-Commerce.

The types of high tech crimes included in the strategic plan were:

Market Assessment - Nanocapacitors

BTS worked with MindForce Consulting to perform a market assessment of a new thin film technology, developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, to fabricate capacitors at the nanoscale. As this developing technology becomes more economical it will be able to replace the existing approaches to produce supercapacitors and ultracapacitors, technologies which are used in battery systems and variable-speed motors (e.g. hybrid railcars and automobiles). Combining high energy density (i.e. specific energy) with small size, nanocapacitors have the potential to replace batteries, especially where weight and size are concerns (e.g. aerospace applications).

Multimedia Center Project Planning

BTS was a founding member of the Bay Area Multimedia Partnership (BAMP) Steering Committee and was Co-Chairman of the Technology and Multimedia Centers Committees. With the Technology Committee, BTS reviewed the means to provide broadband communications services on the Bay Area "Digital Diamond" a regional network connecting Multimedia Centers. With the Multimedia Centers Committee BTS assisted in the concept development, preliminary design and implementation of several types of Multimedia Centers which would provide network access to content, tools and training by private and public organizations.

Multimedia Industry Assessment

BTS, under contract with The Center for Manufacturing Excellence Development (MANEX), reviewed the multimedia industry in Northern California and recommended programs that would assist multimedia companies. BTS surveyed the multimedia industry to identify current issues and to review industry needs. It recommended and assisted in the development of programs to offer services and provide information to the multimedia industry. MANEX, located in Fremont, is one of 43 manufacturing extension partnerships established by the National Institute of Standards to assist small manufacturers around the United States.

Next Generation Internet (NGI) Project Planning & Development

BTS assisted NASA to implement the Next Generation Internet (NGI) program including the development of the Advanced Networking Technology Laboratory (ANTL). BTS also assisted NASA in project planning and management for NGI. BTS reviewed NGI technologies and recommended technology companies that might be interested in collaborating with NASA to develop them. BTS also coordinated the participation of technology firms in the nation-wide NGI networking test-bed, which interconnected with the Internet2, in mission-related applications, and in joint research of new technologies with NASA. BTS also provided database design and web site development services.

BTS developed a project plan for the implementation of ANTL. The plan included the implementation of best practices for data networking, testing and start-up based on NASA and NGI needs. BTS worked with NASA to establish goals and measurable objectives, scope of work, schedule, budget, management approaches, communications, client/vendor relations, and the start-up plan for ANTL. The cost estimate for the project included software, equipment, data communications services and both direct and indirect labor costs.

Program Development Plan for the Virtual Information Technology Alliance (VITAL)

BTS developed the program implementation plan for the Virtual Information Technology Alliance (VITAL) to advance information technology knowledge and capability through both public-private and private-private collaborative research, development and applications projects. The purpose of VITAL is to utilize advances in information technology from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to establish R&D partnerships with larger organizations such as NASA Ames Research Center, larger corporations, and research universities to the benefit of all parties. The program plan for VITAL was developed for the NASA Ames Research Center Technology Commercialization Office.

Proposal and Project Planning, Multimedia Technology Alliance

The Bay Area Multimedia Technology Alliance (BAMTA) was developed from an unsolicited proposal BTS submitted to NASA. BTS subsequently participated in project planning to establish BAMTA as collaborative initiative of Smart Valley (part of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley program), NASA Ames Research Center, and several major information technology companies. BAMTA's mission was to foster the development of the world's leading multimedia tools and applications industry.

Public-Private Research Cooperation Design

This project was performed for the Oregon University System (OUS) and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) for the purpose of increasing cooperation in scientific research. The project investigated the status of research laboratory cooperation, in particular between publicly and privately funded labs. Based on interviews and secondary information, areas of potential research strength and best practices in Oregon and other states, were identified. The project presented findings of the challenges to increasing cooperation, and made recommendations for the short and long terms.

Technology Commercialization Program Design, NASA Ames Research Center

BTS assisted NASA Ames Research Center to develop a detailed commercialization process for implementation with advanced IT technologies such as:

The project serves as a guide of the NASA commercialization process for effectively developing commercialization partnerships with the appropriate companies and other organizations.

Technology Center Project Planning

BTS worked with the City of Oakland and information technology firms to plan the non-profit Technology Interchange in support of the education and small business programs associated with the revitalization of Downtown Oakland. Activities included soliciting sponsors for prototype projects such as the:

Virtual Incubator Project Planning

BTS performed strategic planning and analyses of concepts and approaches, and formulated a preliminary implementation plan for a virtual incubator at NASA Ames Research Center. The program is designed to work with local universities that will provide interns for startup companies.

Virtual Research Center Development Assistance

BTS assisted the NASA-wide program in the development of a Virtual Research Center (VRC) utilized the World Wide Web to provide a remote, distributed, secure, multi-user virtual work environment for researchers from NASA and other organizations. The VRC increased the productivity of geographically distributed teams by creating a shared space and communally accessible tools.

Virtual University Planning & Development

BTS assisted the California Governor's Office to establish the California Virtual University (CVU). BTS advised the Governor's Office in the early stages of the project. Later BTS worked with the California Virtual University Design Team consisting of representatives from the Governor's Office, UC System, CSU System, Community College System, and private universities such as Stanford, USC and CalTech. BTS provided assistance with strategic planning, requirements analysis, project planning, and training development to the project.

BTS worked with the CVU Design Team to assist in setting program goals and project objectives. Strategic planning involved working with the State's higher education segments and major private universities to set policies and procedures and to lay the groundwork for the start-up of the CVU. Initially the CVU will act as a clearing house for distance education provided by its members. The members will remain in control of course content and the granting of degrees. BTS provided advice on the corporate environment, including potential corporate partners, and on learning technology. BTS also participated in the "business planning" effort of the CVU.

BTS developed a project plan for the implementation of the CVU. The plan accounted for the establishment of an IT-based learning management operation. Based on technical requirements and other aspects of the CVU, BTS developed the scope of work, schedule and budget for the project. The cost estimate for the project included software, equipment, services and labor costs for the start-up period.

Virtual University Project Planning

BTS provided The Laurasian Institution, developer of the Asian Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Virtual University, with a plan for project development and management.

Web-based Distance Learning Program Business Plan

BTS assisted the Center for Media and Independent Learning (CMIL) and the University of California, Berkeley Extension to develop a business plan for state-wide on-line computer science/information technology curricula focused on the future utilization of the Internet. CMIL was a statewide program of the University of California. It is located in Berkeley and works closely with UC Berkeley.

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