IT Matters, IT’s Awesome!

Before this semester started, the use of technology has already been highly accustomed by many of us without even realizing its impact not only in personal scale, but also in a bigger scale. Sure, it has made our lives easier, having access to almost all the information we need, making the world a smaller place because of the wide-range reach to anyone across the globe.

These are just some of my thoughts on IT before enrolling for this semester. In our work, it doesn’t really matter much to me before as what we do is routinely and whatever is handed, we do the same daily. Just as long as my system is there, there is an internet, voila! I’m contented, but never did I really put much thought into it.

Throughout the whole trimester, the class has opened my eyes to more that IT has to offer. Years past, people would never have the idea that we will be able to experience this kind of convenience that we are enjoying. The idea of something handheld like our phones could become a means to talk to other people and for them to receive the message in a snap of a finger; someone would have shouted “Rubbish!” at you by the idea before. But at this era, it all makes sense and that is because of IT.

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Due to the presence of Information Technology the course itself, it opened my eyes how we usually take for granted its existence and fail to see the importance of it in our organization to say the least. Without it, all tasks will have to be done manually and I could not imagine myself going back to the time when I have to type using a typewriter and send every document through a courier.

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Here are some ways IT has made an impact on me and also what I learned and realized throughout the class.

  1. Increased efficiency in doing tasks

 As I usually repeat in the earlier paragraphs, the advent of Information Technology has made the lives of people easier. It is profound in our daily tasks, may it be personal or in our work. At home, we typically use the internet to stay up to date with news, use it for study purposes or just for leisure.

At work, without Information Technology, everything will have to be done manually and it affects the speed of the tasks at hand and how we provide assistance to our clients. With the online system that we use, things are done at a much faster pace, all information are available with a click of a hand, the service expected of us is  readily provided.

  1. The upped use of collaboration tools

Collaboration tools helps ease the flow of information in our daily lives, more so in the organization.  With Information Technology the flow of external, objective and subjective information is made simple with the use of different system applications or a centralized data center in an organization where all these data can be retrieved.

Communication and sharing are also made easier because it is readily available and can be shared to a chosen set of receivers.

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  1. Being on guard and practicing security measures.

IT may be advanced in so many ways but it is still prone to threats which can be harmful to any users. Cyber crimes, which are prevalent nowadays, are criminal offenses committed via the Internet or otherwise aided by various forms of computer technology, such as the use of online social networks to bully others or sending sexually explicit digital photos with a smart phone.

Through this class, we were always reminded to practice security of our accounts. Personally, I have never experienced things like hacking, phishing or the likes, but in our office, we are constantly reminded to secure our accounts. Make sure that only we have the access to it. Keep our passwords to ourselves. We also are made to change our passwords every month. Our company is very strict when it comes to security, especially with its banking nature, so we always have to be reminded by it to keep those with malicious intent at bay.

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Because of the brilliant minds who worked hard to create such a wonderful and helping product such as IT, we are offered so many opportunities laden in front of us. All we have to do is nurture it, protect it and be responsible users of it. If all things are done right, we can see a bright future ahead of us. It is IT, IT matters, IT’s awesome!

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References:

http://www.useoftechnology.com/impact-information-technology-organization/

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Social Media on a Person’s Development in Society

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In this generation, social media is widely used by people, especially by the millennials. It is a channel use d by people to express themselves, to document their lives, share themselves and their thoughts to others and to be able to communicate with them even with the great distance. There are so many uses to it especially for someone like me.

Social media has become almost vital to any person nowadays. Personally, I use it to keep in touch with my family and friends. I get to share what happens to me through my social media accounts and in turn, I also get to know what is up with them nowadays. I also get to catch up with them and talk through messaging apps. That way, I don’t lose any connection to them and let them know that I care even when there is so much distance, physically.

Another advantage that social media gives me is I can share my talents through it. I love writing stories and through blogging apps, I am able to share my stories to other people who have the same interests as me and aside from the fact that I can share it to them, I can also learn from their comments and also feel good from those comments and the likes that I get.

The great thing about social media also is a person can create his own identity and the control on the image he wants to show to people. This allows you to manage and control how people perceive and therefore engage with you. This gives you control over the kind of interaction you choose to have in social media.

As professionals, we can use this as a way to connect with like- minded learning professionals to share news, ideas, resources and advice. It also is a collaboration tool were one can teach and also learn from passionate educators about their expertise. Through social media, one can go through a list of blogs that offer professional development purposes and subscribe on them.

One can also develop professionally by joining groups and subscribe to pages in portals like Facebook that will help you grow professionally. You can communicate with experts, directly contact them, get new ideas or ask questions.

As a constant user of these platforms, there are things that one should keep in mind when using the social media. Here are my personal commitment statements as a responsible user of social media:

  • Keep things authentic– I should be myself and be friendly in social media to avoid unnecessary drama.
  • Be mindful of what you post– It might be funny today but it may affect me negatively in the future.
  • Be mindful of emotions– Once the sent button is hit, there is no turning back. I should be careful not to make a message that may sound offensive or inappropriate. I should take my time to think over things and keep my feelings in check before posting something I might regret.
  • Don’t be too glued to your cellphone– There is a world beyond your smartphone, even though how great it may be. Personal connections must still be maintained.
  • Learn to let it go– When someone is being disrespectful, I will take the higher road and let it go. It does not pay to feed the trolls.

 

References:

https://adminbandit.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/using-social-media-for-personal-development/

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/how-use-social-media-professional-development

http://www.simplek12.com/social-media/5-ways-to-use-social-media-for-professional-development

 

 

PIRATE’S LOOT

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Software piracy has become a big issue nowadays. It has seemed that it has become available to anyone at any time. From small shopping malls to unscrupulous computer retailers a few blocks down the street, computer programs are sold to a pittance.

Software piracy is the illegal copying, distribution or use of software. Because it is such a profitable “business”, many organized crime groups have taken notice of it in a number of countries. Countries like Russia and China have become main centers of software piracy, the main reasons being comparatively low salary and disposable income.

Many developing countries, Philippines being included, would fall behind industrialized ones technologically if they cannot afford access to this new generation of software because they are expensive but would it be reasonable to blame someone for using pirated software when it costs about two months of someone’s salary to buy the original and legal copy?

Yes, even when the reasons for using this pirated software are understandable, it still does not absolve anyone from the fact that you broke the law and took advantage of the situation and steal from the minds of those who worked hard to create the system, grabbing them off of their intellectual rights. As the famous saying goes, the end does not justify the means.

There are approaches a software company can take to combat the problem. One, the can reinforce their rights against IP infringement. The issue of companies is not about the price per se but protecting the work made by their developers.

Two, the number of users and the range of devices that use these applications are now so many it is possible for developers to lower their prices to a level that makes it reasonable to buy than copy.  I can be usable to many devices so that more people can buy it and developers can lower the price. In turn, more devices can also be made to accommodate more users for the applications.

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Three, software companies can also partner with government agencies such as the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) and the OMB (Optical Media Board) in safeguarding their rights against piracy.

Piracy is a sickness in our system brought about by the need to use the software to ease the jobs for us but it is in no way an excuse for us to commit such unethical acts against those who worked hard to provide us with tools to make our lives easier.

 

References:

https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-stop-software-piracy

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/piracy

http://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2014/12/4/software-protection-dont-blame-the-developers-for-protecting.html

 

 

 

Empowerment Through Knowledge Sharing

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         Knowledge Management System is an information system designed particularly to assist the sharing and integration of knowledge. It addresses to the living knowledge inside the organization. With knowledge management, an organization will benefit a lot from it.  Knowledge management prevents staff from constantly reinventing the wheel, provides a baseline for progress measurement, reduces the burden on attrition of experts, makes visual thinking tangible, and manages large volumes of information effectively so that they can help employees serve clients better.

            istock_000012107866small-531x353Knowledge management also allows faster and better decision making. It is because relevant information is delivered at the time of need that a knowledge management environment can provide basis for making good decisions. Through collaboration, large numbers of ideas, diverse opinions and varied experiences are put on the table and made into use. The reuse of knowledge

            knowledge-managementIt also allows easy finding of relevant information and resources when faced with the need to respond to a customer, solve a problem analyze trends, asses markets, benchmarking against peers and other activities made in an organization. With knowledge management, tasks are performed efficiently because information is fast and easy to find when needed.

success-1123017_960_720           Organizations also are able to avoid doing the same mistakes twice. Knowledge management allows sharing lessons learned, not only about successes. It also allows sharing failures so as to be avoided. To be able to do so, there must be a culture of trust, openness, and reward for willingness to talk about what was done wrong.

            Teams benefit from individual skills and knowledge of each member. The more complementary the expertise of each member, the greater the power of the team.  So it is important to know what others know. It is helpful at a time of need.  In addition, you learn from their experience and apply it to your current requirements.

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        Although knowledge management is very beneficial, there are still barriers in implementing it. Some of them are:

  • general lack of time to share knowledge, and time to identify colleagues in need of specific knowledge
  • apprehension of fear that sharing may reduce or jeopardise people’s job security
  • dominance in sharing explicit over tacit knowledge such as know-how and experience that requires hands-on learning, observation, dialogue and interactive problem solving
  • The reluctance to admit and thus learn from failure.
  • Our IT systems, policies and tools are often not geared towards knowledge management.

ksi-image_reduced           With the continuing influx of employees in an industry, the challenge will be how to pass the knowledge from one employee to another. “Knowledge is power but knowledge sharing is empowerment.” Sharing of knowledge to other employees and new entry is very beneficial to an organization. Selfishness can potentially damage the organization. The organization has to find a way to effectively implement Knowledge Management because the transfer of knowledge gives empowerment to the people so as to improve not only their personal standing but also the welfare of the organization.

REFERENCES:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141029121125-2108052-benefits-of-a-knowledge-management-system-within-an-organization

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

https://www2.deloitte.com/lu/en/pages/strategy/articles/benefits-knowledge-management.html

https://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/organizational-barriers-to-knowledge-management/

http://www.stephendale.com/2011/10/26/36-knowledge-sharing-barriers/

https://jeggdeveza.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/knowledge-is-power-but-knowledge-sharing-is-empowerment/