Does it really matter?

During the start of the semester, I was really looking forward about the subject because this is something I did not really have the opportunity to go deeper into its topics or should I say, during my time the materials were limited.  I really enjoyed going through every topic of discussion as it was sort of a discovery for me. At my age, and considering I am not a technical person to start with, it gave me some insights about MIS.

I learned many about technology/software which I did not realize it was part of this subject. Like collaboration tools, business intelligence, knowledge management, etc.  It gave somehow a formality to all that I have been exposed to in my work, in which if I had known it sooner, I should not have learned it in a hard way in terms of my professional development.  Being a newbie in an organization, in which the culture is “survival of the fittest”, it was a struggle and at the same time a challenge to force yourself into something unfamiliar (in terms of software, IT platform, tools) to know it as fast as you can because of competition.

I have developed a sound knowledge and understanding of the discipline of Information Systems and have gained practical knowledge within the real world of IT.  Although I am a bit slower on my database laboratory practices, I am enjoying it.  I know it would take the time to practice, but I am glad that I am doing it and I will surely continue until I develop the skill and expertise perhaps on the subject matter and be able to put them into use both in my personal and professional development.

On this day, it matters to know about the subject because it’s all around us and has certainly no signs of slowing down.  In terms of my professional development, it’s imperative to develop the skills and experience in communication of IT issues to justify, critically evaluate and explain real-world situations leading to IT management decisions and to develop and demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills. In my personal development, it makes me productive, efficient and effective in my daily routines and interests. It offers a quicker way to gain information which is provided by the internet.

In addition, the expertise of our professor and the wide range of ideas had made the subject really interesting and fun.  I know, sooner or later, I would use all of the learnings that I have gained through the subject.  You just need to have an open mind always to appreciate its worth, no matter how difficult you may perceive it to be.

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Responsible Use of Social Media

The internet and social media have been the significant change in the world today, bringing people closer together around the world, creating more awareness in the society and making everyone more involved in the much relevant cause. It provides us with a range of benefits, and opportunities to empower ourselves in a variety of ways. We maintain a social connection, support networks, and more information that are accessible in just one click!

On a more personal perspective, social media is a useful tool whose sole purpose is connecting with our families and friends about our status quo, achievements, milestones through photo sharing, timelines, facetime, messenger, etc. It has strengthened our relationships due to the aid of constant communication and pervasive connectivity to others.

It can also be used for business to stay connected with colleagues or customers to provide support, collaborate on a project, promote or sell products or services.  Moreover, you become the go-to place for a specific topic by showcasing your knowledge. Even if you are using social media on a personal level, you show off your art skills or provide inspiration to others.

On the other hand, social media can amplify your reach through expansion of your network, which can be utilized for enhancing one’s professional growth. It leverages creation of a collaborative environment by initiating new conversations, and contributions. In this advancing digital era, if we are not using social media to keep up with professional relationships and organizations, there is a risk of being left behind.

Overall, social media technologies provide an opportunity for our community to have access to the endless flow of information both in personal and professional growth. Increasing one’s creativity and collaboration, it provides a method to create content, and share this content with a larger audience and making your mark on your chosen your goals and objectives.

Social media has brought to the world a common ground for self-expression, words, and thoughts but if not properly channeled or used, it can bring havoc to ourselves.  Using it entails responsibility and these are my personal statements which I intend to keep:

Safety first when online

  1. Never post any personal information such as your address, birthdate, cell phone number or your current locations. If not careful, this information online is available to people whom you do not know. Remove all of this information that could put you at risk.
  2. Refrain from posting schedules of upcoming activities.
  3. Think before you post photos. Once posted they are in public domain. Be sure all photos are appropriate in nature.
  4. Never post a photo of someone else without permission.
  5. Be careful of relationships developed online. You don’t really know who the other person is online. Never under any circumstance meet someone alone in person whom you have only met online.

Think before you post

Do not air out personal problems and issues for everyone on your social media reach, since the lack of context may worsen the situation. Avoid negative comments about work, on personal matters that put down others since you may promote cyber-bullying.

Treat others with kindness, respect, and compassion

Make sure when posting or writing online that all posts are appropriate. Do not get involved with discrimination, harassing or rude comments; discontinue relationships online with people who participate in this type of behavior. Be thoughtful in your use; social networking technologies including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others are powerful tools which must be used appropriately.

Protect your reputation and professionalism

If you are unsure whether something you post online could compromise your professionalism or your reputation, you should think about what the information means for you in practice and how it affects your responsibility to keep to the norm.

Finally, what you publish is your responsibility. “Think about it”.

Photo Credit: “Responsible Use Of Social Media Elearning Course”. Compliance Training NEWS. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Software Piracy: The Unending Saga

Software piracy has been a long overdue problem that has been affecting software companies for decades. It exists everywhere nowadays, be at homes, schools, businesses, private and government offices and is even now readily available for download from numerous websites and file-swapping strongholds on the Internet. This has been damaging to the sales of software companies due to the devaluation of their products. Even laws have been imposed across the globe but the widespread of piracy cannot seem to be controlled.

In developing countries such as the Philippines, we have to admit that most users of the software will consider the cost first, rather than the quality or safety. Any means that can save money is always a priority. One copy of any software specifically the one that is commonly used, like Microsoft office cost a lot.  Instead of buying the original or licensed copy, many would resort to buying the pirated software. More often, people would have at least five software programs installed on personal computers from pirated source, as well as most of this unauthorized software use, occurs in otherwise legal businesses that may have been bought licenses to install a program on probably five computers but ending up installing them for more units than intended. Furthermore, software piracy involves more overt illegal enterprises selling counterfeit copies of software programs at cheaper prices.

I think in some way or another, everyone is guilty of this offense. The defensive reasoning of saying that due to the higher cost of software, people resort to piracy just to stay competitive or to be updated with today’s technology are inexcusable. There is no justification for breaking the law to have an unauthorized operating system (for example). We have no respect for the intellectual property rights of the developers, for their hard work and talent.  On the other hand, these software companies should also have a social responsibility wherein they have to consider the other parts of the world that are underprivileged to offer some products that are a lower version, downloadable for free or perhaps set up a payment scheme that has flexibility in payment terms and based on usage. Moreover, decrease the prices of their products.

The attempt of eliminating software piracy has always been a challenge both for software companies and the government. In fact, there are existing laws in every country, as well as policies of software companies with severe punitive measures, however, piracy still continues to exist and it may or may not be the best way to go.  If this is what we want to achieve, the government must work hand in hand with the software companies to discourage piracy and impose the rules as appropriate. We may have the laws in place, but we have been very complacent in imposing them, like what is happening now in our country. If software developers can create a “build- in” feature to be able to trace (through serial numbers) their product licenses and counter-check them based on the purchase or the buyer, maybe they could put some “warning prompts” that copying or accessing is not permissible for that specific license (I do not know if this is possible or if this does not violate any privacy act) and perhaps have some audits on a regular basis.  But no pressure, these are just my thoughts 🙂

In the end, if we wanted to eradicate piracy, the market should decide and change the parameters of the industry to bring competition and lower the price which is the real reason behind why piracy exist in the first place.

Photo credit: McCallion, Jane. “Microsoft Warns Smbs Of Software Piracy Perils”. IT PRO. N.p., 2017. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

 

 

 

Why Knowledge Management Important to the success of your organization?

Knowledge in every way is one of the best gifts an individual can have in their lifetime. Using knowledge to get success in any selected field transforms the lives of people as they contribute not only towards their own development but also the economy as a whole. In business, knowledge plays an important role not only in terms of knowing what product or services that you want to focus on both the knowledge of knowing the preferences of your market or knowledge of best practices will give you a competitive advantage from your competitors.

As defined, Knowledge Management (KM) “is a practice concerned with increasing awareness, fostering learning, speeding collaboration and innovation, and exchanging insights. KM involves creating value from an organization’s intellectual assets through codifying what employees, suppliers, business partners, and customers know, and then sharing that information with employees and even with other companies to devise best practices. Reynolds, G. (2009). Information Technology for Managers, 5th Edition).

More businesses employ KM into their respective organization to improve the current state of their businesses, competencies, etc. It provides feasible and actual based cases that can assist in your business strategies and now it’s come very handy.  The expansion of the services sector, globalization, and the emergence of new information technologies have caused many organizations to establish KM programs in their Information Technology or Human Resource Management departments. The goal is to improve the creation, retention, sharing, and reuse of knowledge. Reynolds, G. (2009). Information Technology for Managers, 5th Edition).

KM will be very beneficial to our organization which is just on its 4th year of operation.  Looking into the current state of business, we still have many processes that we need to improve, change and best practices to adapt to us to remain competitive. Our organization is quite new in our area and we wanted to take advantage of the expertise and the few competitions and be established before the market becomes a trend. With KM, it will help us to promote standards, repeatable processes, and procedures across our organization. It’s imperative that standard processes and procedures are defined, to be able to implement and impose your people to follow, as appropriate.  This allows employees to learn how things are done, leads to predictable and high-quality results, and enables large organizations to be consistent in how work is performed.

KM has proven many benefits, however, if it’s implemented in the organization as part of its initiative and change, it can also pose a barrier. When organizations lack information about knowledge management, especially senior managers and absence of Training or L&D departments and knowledge management teams will face serious issues. The lack of proper vision and strategic programs and unawareness of senior managers about knowledge management concepts are critical reasons. When a manager does not know about the concept of Knowledge Management, it becomes a chain reaction across all the organization.

Furthermore, I would like to share my thoughts about this statement, “knowledge is power, but knowledge sharing its empowerment.”

Knowledge is very powerful than physical strength and no great endeavor can be made or accomplished without knowledge. It empowers people to achieve great results, the more knowledge a person gains, he becomes more aware of what the best steps to do to be able to reach his or her goals. No one can prosper in life without knowledge.  On the other hand, Knowledge sharing is an activity through which knowledge is exchanged between people, friends, families, communities, etc.  It is empowering because it will contribute competence, initiative, and satisfaction that is based on the idea of giving opportunity, motivation, authority, skills, and resources to someone and be holding them accountable for whatever actions or outcomes that may result in that. This holds true in every organization, the success of its KM will depend greatly on knowledge sharing from its senior leadership down to its subordinates and empowerment increases the sense of belonging and motivation of their employees to do their very best, comes from mentoring and inspiring them. It starts with a note of trust from leaders to their people and it’s very critical to pay good attention to their learning and development to achieve the goals and objectives both personal and across the whole organization.

 

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Business Intelligence Tools

As defined, Business intelligence (BI) includes a wide range of applications, practices, and technologies for the extraction, translation, integration, analysis, and presentation of data to support improved decision making.

These tools are helpful for many organizations to build a large collection of data called a data warehouse, or data mart, for use in BI applications. Organizations often employ BI tools to make predictions about future conditions and then make adjustments in staffing, purchasing, financing, and other operational areas to better meet forecasting needs. Business intelligence tools include spreadsheets, reporting and querying tools, online analytical processing, drill-down analysis, data mining, digital dashboards, data warehousing, local information systems, reality mining and the like. The use of business intelligence tools results in cost savings, more control over information, better alignment with the busi­ness goals and strategic plans of the organization and increased competitive advantage over the competitors. Reynolds, G. (2009). Information Technology for Managers, 5th Edition).

Putting to mind how competition nowadays works in almost every business operations, one cannot afford to be left behind. Having these tools in the organization, gives them a better understanding of the past, present and future state of its business.  A complete view of customer behavior and experience is provided by certain metrics and analysis, which in turn helps you plan better for your company’s future. To encourage its most effective use, it should start from the management and the way down to its subordinates. They must incorporate these tools internally within its organization, empower the usage of these at all levels and be part of its corporate compliance or requirements. They must provide proper orientation, training or seminars related to BI tools to prepare them in taking the appropriate role if necessary. Also, to ensure that all of them have the information they need and that they are well-equipped with the skills, to be able to maximize the use of these tools in their respective responsibilities.

One of the best things an organization has to give its people is motivation.  The rewards program is one platform that can boost not only the morale of its employees but to keep them more engaged at their work. This should be aligned with the organization’s goals, strategies, and objectives and effective communication are vital to reaching its effectiveness. It includes salary, bonuses, incentive pay, benefits and employee growth opportunities such as professional development and additional training. This system provides a number of advantages to companies, particularly small businesses in which business owners and managers must foster positive personal relationships with employees.

Unclear information about this program will result in confusion and will weaken the effectiveness of this initiative.  Having considered its advantage, I may say that it’s very appropriate to have them in the organization with the assistance of BI tools, which can promote its effectiveness by means of transparency in terms of evaluation of the scores of an employee which aligns with every metric set by the company.

I think it’s also fair to have a punitive program in place (as long as it’s constructive) so that employees will not become complacent with the rules and policies as well as it will eliminate biased decision making as well as to curtail undesirable behavior of an employee by having an evaluation. Moreover, this program must ensure that it has all the controls needed to eliminate all forms of fraud or irregularities within the organization and among employer and employees.

How about pay raises based on job performance that requires employees to make BI applications? It’s just appropriate and fair to give what is due to Caesar right?  As long as it all aligns or within the company’s goals, strategies, and objectives, then it’s all good to go. Every process required in the corporate has expectations specifically for the employees to develop competencies, considering the complex processes of BI tools, the organizations have to put pay raises very attractive to encourage everyone to challenge the system, learn from it and in return, increase its effectiveness and efficiency and finally, increase productivity.

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Internet Shopping

Information Technology, particularly the internet has revolutionized the way we do our daily routines such as paying our bills, ordering food, shopping, etc. More people these days prefer buying things or shop online because of the many advantages and benefits compared to the conventional way of going to malls or establishments.  Just recently, I have asked some of my friends to give their notion about internet shopping and most of their responses were very positive, based on their experiences.  The top reason for this is the benefit of convenience (24/7).  Online shopping gives the opportunity of purchasing without time constraint. One is able to finish in just a few minutes, simply by clicking. The absence of long queues when paying the bill which is very usual in every establishment is one benefit of convenience that most people prefer.

The rapid increase of this type of shopping gives you a leeway to choose so many things because of the variety of offers, cheap deals or packages that are available online.  It also gives you the power to choose, compare and assess the goods or services that you wanted because the information is shared, by means of reviews of other shoppers who have firsthand experience of an item. Furthermore, being able to purchase without leaving your home or when you are at the office is absolutely fantastic.

With all the benefits stated above, Internet shopping have its downside too! Replacing damaged items takes a lot of effort, the going back and forth of the item will take some time because they have to check if the same item is still available. If not, sometimes you would end up getting a different one because you have no choice.  Although a refund can be possible, however, only a few companies would allow them.

Items that I have no hesitation on shopping for over the Internet are clothes, shoes, purses, make-up or other accessories.  It’s easy to find your sizes, the color that you prefer and also the brand that you feel that you can rely on.  The styles too of these items are most likely unique and you would easily fall in love! These items may not cost that much and there are many reviews and several sites such as lazada.com, amazon.com, zalora.com, OLX Philippines that are the currently the best online shopping sites. Also, if something goes wrong, it easier to accept and will not break your heart!

I think electronics and gadgets are great to purchase on the web because of the many brands that are proven durable for centuries, but it will make me think many times because I cannot see them physically or touch which is very important for girl’s standpoint. Based on experience, I once purchased a cute Japanese mobile phone that I have seen on TV, I bought it because the site was also reliable. It was pricey for me but I went to buy it anyway. I found out that the material was made of “light plastic” that would break easily. I end up very frustrated, but glad that I was able to return the item because they have no available for replacement.

Moreover, the items that I would never consider purchasing over the internet are cars, expensive jewelry, animals, and houses and because these are items that I would want to see them in person or have a cursory look before purchasing. The risk is too high and it would cause a lot of drama once you get problems with your purchase of the item.

Finally, online shopping is continuously becoming more popular and improving every single day. The choice to patronize this would depend in every person because, at the end of the day, the responsibility and risk would depend on both parties, this I may say that you have to always be on the lookout for possible solution that is best for you by doing more research to increase your knowledge about this matter. Having said all these, I hope I was able to shed some light to possible shoppers in the future.

 

Opportunities, Standards, and Guidelines of Wireless Network Technologies Usage

The existence of wireless network technologies has changed the way we live. From our day to day routine; it has also had an enormous impact in the workplace, improving communication, increasing efficiency and introducing new ways of performing many different business tasks.

In every organization every second matter. Having a  wireless network in place will help to boost productivity and convenient way for information sharing. It gives the power of flexibility for everybody within the organization with its untethered access to documents, emails, applications and other network resources, employees can exploit its capabilities. They can roam where they need to and have constant access to the tools required to do their jobs.

Other opportunities are also manifested by the technology such as it increases mobility and collaboration within the organization making them work in various areas without having the need to worry about losing connection and each team members from other departments can work more effectively. It Improves responsiveness, as customers want a quicker response to queries and concerns. A wireless network can improve customer service by connecting staff to the information they need. At the same time, it allows a business to bring network access to areas that would be difficult to connect to a wired network.

Easier network expansion. Companies that need to add employees or reconfigure offices frequently will immediately benefit from the flexibility wireless LANs provide. Desks can be moved and new employees can be added to the network without the effort and cost required to run cables and wires.

Moreover, it enhanced guest access. The technology allows business to provide secure wireless access to the Internet for guests such as customers or business partners. It gives businesses a unique value-added service to its customers, partners, or third party vendors.

Solutions. (2016, December 20). Five reasons to go wireless. Retrieved February 16, 2017, from http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/small-business/resource-center/work-anywhere/why-go-wireless.html

The benefits of having these technologies within our organizations are incredible, however, it also entails risks. Companies have to put some security measures on how to protect themselves from possible theft, data and integrity issues which can result in company losses and lawsuits resulting from these breaches.  To name a few, these are the common acceptable standards and guidelines that have to be incorporated or adopted within every organization.

Standards & Guidelines

Computer and Network Policy applies to all users and usage of organization-owned computers and data and voice networks.

    1. The policy applies apply to all host computer systems, personal computers, software, set of data and other resources which may be accessed by users of the organization data.
    2. All network users, including organizations’ stakeholders, staff, contractors or other parties are expected to comply as was agreed by their signature on the application for a network/e-mail account.
    3. By logging in to the network, a user consents to these guidelines and all other IT policies and procedures implemented in the Computer and Network Policy.
    4. Limited personal use of computer and network resources is allowed, but priority is given to usage for business and other learning pursuits.
    5. Users of computer and network resources will abide by community decency standards, copyright restrictions and other legal requirements.
    6. Users may not modify the organization network wiring or configuration.
    7. Users may not engage in activities which degrade network performance or which interfere with other users’ access to a computer and network resources.
    8. Users must respect institutional data confidentiality and others’ privacy.
    9. Users are responsible for all actions initiated from their login ID(s). Each user is assigned a personal login ID with a unique name associated with their organization or employee records. Users should not share access to their personal login ID with others.

Merritt, S. (2017). Wireless network usage guidelines. Retrieved February 17, 2017, from http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/information_technology/wireless_network_usage

These are just some of the standards and guidelines that are put into play in every organizations’ IT concerns.  It’s best to safeguard its interest from its conception to implementation phase to ensure safe and secure usage of these technologies. Furthermore, bringing peace of mind to everyone; making life easier and manageable.

 

 

 

 

 

Outsourcing IT Security to an outside Organization?

In the modern world of business, outsourcing has stemmed into popularity in the late part of 1990’s and from then on, it has taken control center stage attention and has been the focus of entrepreneurs, politicians, employers as well as workers. The benefits of it seem very obvious, touted by many experts across numerous industries as the answer to cutting costs for business functions ranging from human resources, accounting and marketing; it seems possible that you could run an entire company without even hiring an employee. Truth be told, outsourcing has increased productivity and competitiveness of multinational companies across the globe as evidenced by continous growth of these industries in the past years, up to the present time.  But why outsourcing, fuels the drive of stakeholders? Aside from cutting costs, it gives the organization put its focus on its core competencies when they choose to outsource their other business functions and upgrade its capabilities.

Should an organization outsource IT security? Security, in general, has always been one guarded possession of almost everyone.  Under Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Motivational Theory, it places second on the level of people’s need.  It means, safety needs – can be protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear, is something innate amongst ourselves and in every aspect of the word,  we will strive harder to obtain it.

From an IT security perspective, I think it would be best to outsource if the organization is too complex and large to have its own IT security. However, I strongly favor of having this set-up internally, as this should be part of the organization’s top priority considering how fast technology can change and people now are more adept with the systems being used within their organization that sometimes may lead to security breaches if controls are not in place.  It’s true that organizations may acquire benefits of outsourcing, but these gains do not come without problems, the areas of risk include quality problems, exposure to legal liabilities, impact on business partner/customer relationships and satisfaction, and potential data security issues. (Reynolds, G. (2009). Information Technology for Managers, 5th Edition).  There had been several cases reported on these issues around the world that cost billions for some firms and the challenge for revisiting its internal controls posted many problems as well.

Several organizations experience data security and integrity issues despite having compliance and controls internally.  Like in the movie Thor: The Dark World, Asgard has become powerless when the force field that protects them inside the city was penetrated and destroyed. Having this picture in mind, seem to give me an animosity for outsourcing IT security outside of the organization.  Moreover, I am convinced that it will be a great risk and very costly to do that – as the famous line from Hunger Games: Catching Fire, goes “There’s always a flaw in the system”, which is obviously true.

If to outsource IT security outside is a corporate requirement, then it’s imperative to set controls. A thorough research has to be done like to study the important factors to consider in choosing an outsourcing partner – a company that reflects the same values or mirror your organization’s confidentiality requirements. There should be the presence of blueprint and process flow to ensure specifications were captured; an audit trail report that would pinpoint some variances or changes in the data or to trap any irregularities and detailed work instruction (DWI) on what steps to do when a security breach occur. These are just some stipulations that must be indicated in the Service Level Agreement (SLA) between an IT security outsourcer just to ensure that no exploitation of data will happen specifically to any sensitive information within the organization.

Putting limitations on additional outsourcing and subcontracting to maintain data security and integrity and safeguard it against security lapses should be specified in the SLA. Also, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements with employees of the outsourcing firm must be required to protect an intellectual property of the organization. Furthermore, stipulations on penalties and fines in the event that IT outsourcing company fails to deliver what is expected in reference with the service level agreement and related performance metrics or when negligence to sign-off process flows and compliance procedures are violated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of 3 (important skills needed by managers in order for them to participate effectively in IS decisions)

In every organization or business, manager plays an important role across all phases and areas within it.  We could not stand a chance as we know it today nor improve without a steady stream of managers to plan, organize, lead, control, its people and the organization toward goal accomplishment. Performing these roles is the basis of a manager’s job, be in sales, business, medicine, IT, politics, etc. shares the same formula to be able to put things in perspective.

To be effective at these roles, a manager must have a complete notion of the business, by understanding its strategies and operational responsibilities. In addition, they should possess the required managerial skills to be able to transition itself in whatever platform; to foray into the fields that they set their hearts on.  But how do managers develop these skills?  Throughout the decade, many books have been written and published about managerial skills and traits that tailor fit for this responsibilities. This can be helpful in a way but personally, I think it’s more than that, these skills are acquired through learning and practical experiences and only few can really possess or understand the complex role of leadership. Managers will need skills that will help them to decision making, manage people and technology to ensure an effective and efficient realization of their working tasks.

Social psychologist *Robert L. Katz in 1974, in his article,” Skills of an Effective Administrator“ in Harvard Business thought about the relationship of managerial skills (competencies) and hierarchical management levels. The result was the setting of the three areas of managerial skills and determination, for which level they are characterized as Technical, Conceptual and Human or interpersonal management skills.

Technical skills are the job-specific knowledge and techniques needed to perform specific tasks proficiently. Having these skills will help one to apply practical knowledge and abilities to perform in a specific discipline and it is often known as a typical hard skill – meaning it can be learned, defined, evaluated, and measured. I may say that, in an IS point of view, where there is a strong drive to perfection and the thirst for learning new strategies and the obsession for new technology is insatiable, the absence of the skill will somehow put you in a bad light because you need to translate specific knowledge and techniques across your organization. The use of these technologies will effectively and efficiently help in achieving the realization of the company’s goals and objectives. You see, the communication between non-technical and technical people has been a pressing problem in an organization. As a manager, you want to bridge that gap so that every decision is clearly defined making it more effective.

Conceptual skills in management use to think and to conceptualize about abstract and complex situations in a larger scale. You see your organization as a whole, and you recognize how various functions rely on one another.  Hand in hand, the organization and its people as (both end users), uses technology to improve and streamline its processes. Managers give valuable inputs or contribution on what the specification of its preferred databases as part of their corporate requirement, by all means, analyzing it ” IS current state”. The success of any decision depends on the conceptual skill of the manager who makes the decision and who put it into action and get predictable results.

Human or interpersonal skills involve the ability to work well with other people both individually and in a group. They are what we call soft skills.  In a complex world of IT, its infrastructure involves people and procedures but truth be told, the former is one of the most important management tasks to handle. Every day in the organization, managers have to interact and work with its people. This makes him or her to understand, communicate, lead, and motivate them and to develop unity within them respectively.

Furthermore, the above-mentioned skills are very essential in day to day life of managers. But what is more important is that, every manager should be able to deliver all expectations or results in whatever endeavor that he was assigned to, with the support of its strong team behind they make all the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Katz, R. L. (1974, September 1). Skills of an effective administrator. Retrieved January 29, 2017, from Leadership development, https://hbr.org/1974/09/skills-of-an-effective-administrator

 

 

 

 

IT and Me

In this day in age, the rise and development of IT have become part of our daily lives because of the many benefits it has brought us.  Way back then, life is more complicated due to some inadequacies, with the technologies pertaining to our daily routines in general.  Most of the time you have to do things manually and they relatively require many steps before you can actually get an output. Innovations such as television, the internet, radio, cellular phones, etc., have influenced the way we perceive things surrounding us, the way we make choices, the way we maintain ourselves informed, and also the way we view almost everything today. For someone as busy, like myself (juggling between family responsibilities, work, school, etc.), IT has become my loyal BFF (“best friend forever”); PA (“personal assistant”) and unbeatable “one-stop shop”. Who would not want them? It gives me the convenience of time, simplifies my daily activities, moreover, it’s like a driving force making things possible for you 24/7.

I wake up every day to the beep of my electronic alarm, a cup of coffee (freshly brewed) to satisfy my craving for caffeine in the morning and nonetheless, my laptop which sets and organizes my priorities within the day.  These routines would not be made possible without the convenience of what IT is all about.

I mentioned previously, I am a very busy person and my typical day, is not typical L due to the diverse role I play both in personal life and at work.  Before leaving home for work, I have to ensure that my schedule for would fit throughout the day.  My calendar of activities comprises both aspects and has been carefully planned a few days prior for them to take place. I set alarms, notification ahead as to not forget any single detail. IT plays a vital role for me stay on top of my game. One of the few examples of these is the internet access. It makes possible for me to perform various tasks without leaving the office or sometimes, home. With the rapid and incredible development of IT, I am able to make inquiries by phone, instead of traveling long distances which can be very exhausting.

IT has certainly made a big part of my life simpler, with the extensive usage of computers and other related gadgets so to speak, some of the tedious and dreary activities can be simplified or can even be eliminated. Unlike before, you have to allot heaps of time for a certain activity and still end up not being able to accomplish anything within the day. Thus, 8 working hours a day is not enough to finish your task and you have no choice but to render an overtime, which can strain personal relationships in the long run.

The advancement of technologies encourages flexibility and expedites processes at my convenience. The use of emails, mobile phones, instant messaging, social networking applications or video conferencing has also simplified the way I communicate to my clients, family, and friends and it’s relatively cheaper – very ideal for business operations and maintaining social relationships too! Also, online shopping gives me the convenient of not going to the mall to purchase something or online express payment makes me beat deadlines which prevent us in paying late dues.

Overall the impact of IT both inspires simplicity, efficiency and productivity at any endeavor I am in, as it enables me to multi-task.  It’s like having tentacles that could stretch as far as it can without hassle. Hence, the genie is out in the bottle.  IT helps me learn, date, eat, socialize, and so much more. It changed the way I perceive reality; both my professional and personal life are now dependent and it is integrated within me that going without them will cause severe anxiety for sure – it’s not hard to see why. IT has indeed taken over and we must be in control of it, moreover, there are no signs that the development of technologies is slowing down.  I am proud that I have lived this day to witness such discoveries and actually had the opportunity to take advantage of its uses.  Life is simply amazing because of them. Don’t you think so?

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