Of Course, IT Matters!

 

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The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.    -Steve Ballmer

            A world without IT is a world full of inefficiency, misery, discontentment and slow progress.If you were to ask me, does IT matters? I will answer you with a big YES! IT does matter!  This trimester, we’ve been bombarded with many concepts, learning and reminders that awakened our senses and made us feel that “HEY!”, we are in the technological advancement era. We need to plan, change, renew and improve our business strategies and ideas suited to the demands of the market for us to gain competitive advantage.

           In every class discussion that we had, it broadens my horizon and understanding of how Information Technology eases the burden of handling complicated and quite impossible things like how FedEx and UPS deliver millions of letters and packages every single day efficiently and effectively. For organizations to attain business success, it’s time to leverage the benefits of IT in this digital age.

One of the many arguments we had is that, should an organization outsource IT security? According to Prosenjeet Banerjee, “The outsourcing of information security makes sense to organizations that have a highly developed concept of risk.” Through outsourcing, organization can increase efficiency, be able to focus on core areas, save on infrastructure and technology, access to skilled resources, provide faster and better services. Management’s decision should be based on the necessity of the organization to outsource or maintain the internal IT security.

As a summary of all the discussions, IT is important in making a right, real-time decision making via MS Access or through other decision making tools, for making a niche in the global industry and expands its market reach, in ensuring customer support and satisfaction through Internet Technology, millions of existing and potential customers will be in our reach and of course, be able to manage Human Resources well that enables organization to adapt easily to Globalization.

Meanwhile, IT also poses threats to our society so be careful not to press the self-destruction button. It can be a disruptive technology which can result to a more serious damage and which may create a sudden ripple effect to society. That’s why we must exercise caution in handling technologies like this. More so, IT occupied a huge space in my heart. It created a venue for me to learn and see things beyond my knowledge. IT makes my life simpler by enabling faster communication with colleagues, friends and relatives, providing tools for more effective work, and giving me access to vast information with the click of a mouse. Everything we see around us, we owe them to the people behind the development of these  technologies who constantly innovate products and services that satisfies the wants and the growing needs of the society as a whole.

 

References:

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/information_technology.html

 

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Improving Lives through Social Media

 

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“Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people.” -DaveWillis.org

Social Media plays a vital role in today’s society. Back then, we used to pray first before starting our meal but now we can’t eat without taking first a picture of the food we ordered and upload it on our frequently used social media site. This is the frequent scenario at present and we may sometimes experience it when we are with our “barkadas” and family gatherings.

When social media has not yet occupied its niche in the online market, it seems like people around the globe are not connected and progress is such a slow motion moving picture. Through social media, my eyes were open to endless possibilities that life has to offer. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful places in different parts of the world, celebrating joy and happiness of others through very unique themed events, seeing people connected and fulfilled in their lives. Social Media transfers information instantaneously in just a click! People are connected and information is passed on in series or maybe randomly. Thus, a social media user can be highly influenced and can embody the beliefs, character, culture and everything they’ve learned on the internet. But has social media helped us for our personal growth and development?

Seeing blogs on tumblr, tweets on Twitter, status on Facebook, posted pictures on Instagram, I am able to comprehend and realize that there will always be a bigger world out there, lots of opportunity and wider road to success!  I’ve been inspired to pursue my career, to study while having a job, to travel and go to places I’ve never been before, and to achieve whatever dreams and aspirations I have in life. Social media and internet give us an instant access to abundant self-uplifting quotes, spiritual poetry, personal writings, new skills and ideas. As I’ve encountered some of those posts on IG and Tumblr, it has triggered me to add up photography as the subject of my interest for my self-improvement and talent expansion. Every time we go on photo walk back then and capture every once in a lifetime experiences, beautiful places and cultural events, it made me feel accomplished, fulfilled knowing that my allotted time was very meaningful. Furthermore, through my photos we could connect and share our talents to other people and yeah, they could appreciate my work of art.

Let’s be a responsible social media user! Using social media too often will result to difficulty in socializing personally with others or can’t be able to communicate effectively because we become passive in a way that we only like typing or writing and we find it hard to speak fluently in the crowd. For that, let’s cut off our use of internet! Time is gold, it is precious and so does our money in paying our electric bills. Social Media has been created with a specific purpose. It is meant for connecting people, uplifting human spirit and improves everyone’s welfare through inculcating and solidifying a positive character in every internet user. Be an extrovert! Go on an adventure and live life the way you want it to be.

 

 

Software Piracy: How Can We Eradicate You?

Software Piracy is everywhere! Every time I stroll around the downtown area, I usually see sales ladies waving the pirated copies of movies, television shows, songs of your favorite artists, games and different software applications. Piracy is just common here in the Philippines. Many Filipinos actually engaged in this kind of business even though it has been sanctioned already by the government. It is unethical for a person to buy, sell and even make a duplicate copy of the intellectual property of others. But honestly speaking, we sometimes patronize pirated products since it is cheaper compare to the original ones and if not of the same quality at least it can be a good substitute.

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The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting anti-piracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.  -Gabe Newell

Years before piracy was not yet the trend, we used to buy expensive original copy of movies and software applications. Not until technological advancement has taken place. Software Piracy has become rampant and the more people patronizing pirated products, the more it becomes less of an issue in our society. It is a well-accepted behavior since everybody is doing it already.  But ethically speaking it’s not! People who bought and sold pirated software are both liable. There will be no buyers if there are no sellers and the other way around. We are just humans! We want satisfaction that comes with a lesser cost. There will always be a dilemma between watching in cinemas or buying a pirated copy and downloading online. Yes, we can blame someone for using pirated software. If there’s a will, there will always be a way! It just depends on their priority if they want to buy original or settle in pirated copies but in the developing country like the Philippines only few are willing to buy original copy since they are not fully aware of the disadvantages and the effects of it to the developer or the people who really work hard and put on extra effort to develop a particular software.

Moreover, according to Republic Act No. 8293, the state recognizes that an effective intellectual and industrial property system is vital to the development of domestic and creative activity, facilitates transfer of technology, attracts foreign investments and ensures market access for the products. It shall protect and secure the exclusive rights of scientists, inventors, artists and other gifted citizens to their intellectual property and creations, particularly when beneficial to the people, for such periods as provided in the Act.

Yes! We have a concrete law in fighting against piracy. However, are these laws substantial enough to eradicate totally this crime?  The Optical Media Board (OMB)   is the government institution in the country that fights optical media piracy where there is a level of playing field for all legitimate players. The laws and its implementation are not that tight and it is not being taken seriously by the government. Software companies can do nothing about it but the best option is to really push the government to perform on its capacity by motivating them to eradicate piracy. This can be done through giving those incentives, rewards, bonuses and other extra compensation. It’s hard to stop piracy but with continuous implementation and effort plus the heavy penalty imposed by the government for the transgressors, I don’t think it’s impossible to exterminate them.

 

 

 

GAINING POWER THROUGH SHARED KNOWLEDGE

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How can we actually manage knowledge? Well, I believe that every organization has its own human resources equipped with an abundant and overflowing knowledge and ideas. The tacit and explicit knowledge of the employees must be managed properly in order to encourage free flow of ideas, exchange of insights and foster learning to promote ones growth and development. Hence, in order to facilitate this, Knowledge Management (KM) must be put into practice.

When I was just a newbie in my organization, my senior employees and manager would tend to tell me stories about their past experiences either success stories or bad one. Those bad experiences   helped me to avoid committing future mistakes and I easily made a way out of that bad situation. Since KM allows the sharing of ideas, knowledge including experiences, it helps others to avoid that mistake that was once committed by the other employee. All organizations can benefit from their people sharing, innovating, reusing, collaborating and learning. It enables faster decision making wherein everybody gets involved in creating, formulating and devising ideas that eventually will be processed and become knowledge. Just as the recycling of materials is good for the environment, reuse is good for organizations because it minimizes rework, prevents problems, saves time, and accelerates progress. Through collaboration, it unites all diversities and brings the power of large numbers, different opinions and varied experiences to bear good decision making.

Sometimes, it’s hard to implement KM because of the “kanya-kanya” system that is happening inside the organization. Some employees are not sensitive to other people’s needs. Thus, it can be manifested in the performance of every branch what kind of people belong in it and if knowledge management is truly implemented in the organization.

Yes! Knowledge is power but knowledge sharing is empowerment. When you have great knowledge you can be powerful and being powerful alone doesn’t gain respect from other people and guarantee self-actualization. But when you share knowledge and expertise, you build people and hone them to be the best person they could become. And that is empowerment through sharing knowledge.

 

Source:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140811204044-2500783-15-knowledge-management-benefits