Individual: Effect of Systems on Business
Computers are essential in promoting digital literacy and allowing the accessibility of open data, as they are some of the most convenient devices discovered by man. They have continued to make work easier for human beings and have become an integral part of the society. Computers are useful in data storage, communication, entertainment, connecting with friends and families (Disney, Naim & Potter, 2004). They keep track of the latest societal issues such as local and international news, stock and shares and finances. The information is accessed through the print media (newspapers and magazines), television sets, radios, short messages (SMS) alerts and online using the internet. The great milestones in getting the essential information have been made possible by several factors. The growth in the technology sector, globalization and Internet are some of the factors behind the rapid growth of the computer-enhanced gadgets and devices. This paper discusses the IT systems that have in the recent past affected the business world.
Cloud computing deals with the use of remote servers on the Internet within a network for the purpose of data storage, processes and management. Mostly, the practice is common in IT firms with adequate memory capacity such as Apple. It affects the data storage for both employees and customers. It saves the business storage and expertise cost that could be incurred by a business in the purchase of expensive server storage computers. With cloud computing information is centralized, and the processes that changed were the isolation of data and information (Disney, Naim & Potter, 2004).
The immense use of social media, primarily Twitter and Facebook has affected the public imaging of business firms. It has affected the personal relationship among employees and also their supervisors and heads. It increased levels of interaction and hence coherence and unity. Also, teamwork was improved owing to familiarization between employees. The formerly official addressing between employees and their employers was altered, particularly on Facebook and employers would now understand their employees’ character better. In addition, professional network that initially existed was limited, was expanded through media sites as LinkedIn and Twitter. The possible future effect eases in talent identification and potential employees for different departments in a business (Hoogervorst, Koopman & Flier, 2002).
The third possible system is the next generation mobile. Technological advancement in the field of smartphones and tablets business information comes closer to employees and employers. The process of decision-making has been made easy since information has been readily available and shared in individuals’ handheld devices. Also mobility has been improved and hence concurrence of tasks. This is because services can be run remotely via smart phones (Disney, Naim & Potter, 2004).
Another IT system is the consumer technology. Consumer technology has become undemocratic contrary to what it has been in the past. In recent decade, companies and businesses have kept very tight reins on their employees’ and consumer user devices and software, thus restricting their communication. However, in the recent past the various user level restrictions formerly dictated by the IT department have been overridden, and more content concerning companies is available to consumers. With the free flow of information, the future of businesses would be based on consumer knowledge. Probably the cost of marketing would increase since a stronger convincing power would be needed to woo consumers (Hoogervorst, Koopman & Flier, 2002).
Finally, there is a big data IT system that is as important as the internet technology. It goes deeper in terms of volume, velocity and variety. Big data affects the decision-making process by availing more data. Data from multiple sources including social media is accrued and stored for informed choices. This has led to greater operational efficiencies, cost reduction and reduced risk. The key areas affected include the marketing department since more product knowledge is known to consumers. The future trend in due to this system focuses on the safety of products from different companies. Companies will face more scrutiny with knowledge of products content and awareness is they do not change (Disney, Naim & Potter, 2004).
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