IT and me

In today’s modern world, information technology plays a big role. Computers are now considered one of the most important things that we can utilize in our daily living. We all have begun to rely on computers to get things to work.

We may not realize it but almost all of our daily activities nowadays involves the use of information technology. With the all developments in IT, globalization has increased and the world is brought closer.

Personally, it matters a lot since communication has become easier and faster with the help of information technology. It enables families like ours to be drawn closer to each other despite the physical distance. We can use a lot of applications and even social media to communicate with each other even though we are a hundred miles apart.

Information technology also plays a key role in our work as well as in our professional development. As the world continues to get modernized, so does the world of education. Information technology plays a vital role in enabling the students to study while keeping a job. Some schools are now offering online classes, enabling students to do their school requirements during their free time from work. A lot of students are taking advantage of online classes so that they can continue their education instead of considering dropping out.

Information technology also makes teaching easier and more interesting. As for us who wants to continually enhance our professional capabilities, the role of information technology cannot be ignored. Online education gives us the flexibility to continue learning while managing to do our jobs. It gets things done faster, making information more easily and widely available and accessible with just a few clicks.

Information technology saves us human effort and time to a great extent and that’s what makes it matter a lot.

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Software Piracy, as usual

The usual definition of software piracy is the illegal distribution and/or reproduction of software for business or personal use.

If we try to see beyond this, people don’t just buy the software.  Instead, they buy a license to use the software. This is one thing that is often misunderstood, and is very much a part of the problem in software piracy.

Take for example Microsoft Office. If you buy the software, you are bound by the copyright license which often has a catch, for oftentimes, you are only allowed to use it in a single machine.  For some companies, since they have a lot of employees whose computers would also be needing Microsoft Office, they need to pay a lot more and buy a site license to enable all employees to use the same.  Based on the definition of software piracy, using a single user software in twice or more times will likewise make you guilty of software piracy.

People would often cite cost as the primary reason why they pirate a software, since the latter can really be expensive.  There might be a handful of reasons which compel these people to obtain software illegally, but the main reason would really be that they don’t want to pay for the content they want to consume, or the fact that it is just too costly. The consequence, then, is copyright infringement.

Personally, I believe piracy in any form is illegal…and it isn’t correct to steal the stuff you can’t get legally.  Others think it is alright to steal digital content since they don’t treat the digital content the same as they treat physical things.  But software is considered an intellectual property which is protected by intellectual property rights.

To combat the problem on piracy, I believe legislation and effective enforcement would play a major role in the solution.  But beyond that is the great need to educate the public on piracy — what they need to know about it and why it is not right to engage in it.

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Shaping the Future thru Knowledge Management

Every educational institution draws its strength from the faculty—whose intellectual capacity, educational prowess and creative talent shape the institution’s culture and reputation (Diokno, 2017). As such, colleges and universities must be able to design programs that would attract and retain an A+ faculty roster  and maintain the continuity of the flow of knowledge.

The world today places a very important premium on intellectual capital, and knowledge management, therefore, is a key requisite if an educational institution has to survive and excel in today’s fast-changing and fiercely competitive world.

My home institution, the University of the Philippines, can tremendously benefit from established knowledge management systems—being itself a generator, repository, and transmitter of knowledge.

For one, KM systems may advance and strengthen the university’s research agenda by systematically compiling all the knowledge generated at a central place, and disseminating all the generated knowledge to society. Research is a taxing process that requires a great deal of intellectual resources, and if these resources are properly managed, the university can be expected to foster a competent  faculty line-up that would be expected to continuously generate new ideas and discover cutting-edge technologies that are essential in driving the future of our modernized and highly sophisticated society. A work environment that enables a mentor-mentee program to foster between faculty members can be a very big help to ensure this continuity.

In addition, KM systems also promote continuous improvements in the teaching approaches of faculty members, as well as on the evaluation methods used to assess the students’ learning. While it is true that teaching can be a scientific process based on strictly established pedagogies, it is equally true that it is a craft in itself. Much of the techniques are gained through experience, and that the “best” teaching strategy can hardly be found in printed texts. A KM system is therefore essential to be able to facilitate the seamless transmission of knowledge, strategies and techniques especially from the senior members of the faculty to the younger ones. Ultimately, the younger generation of learners will benefit the most from the process—and the cycle continues.

As the adage goes, “knowledge is power, but knowledge sharing is empowerment.” This is what we do in UP. We need to carefully manage all of the knowledge that is the product of over a century of research and innovation as we continue on Shaping Minds that Shape the Nation.

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Developing the Corporate Brain: Getting the most out of Business Intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) is a modern jargon which encompasses a technology-driven process in capturing, organizing and analyzing data, and communicating them into meaningful chunks of information to aid business managers in making informed economic decisions.

It is a now well-accepted principle in management that information is a business resource, and this premise makes it imperative for business entities to capitalize on the available technologies that would maximize the use of this strategic resource.

However, it is often not enough that a system is in place. Businesses may spend considerable resources in selecting and acquiring a business intelligence system, only to find out that they are not getting the most from it. A potential problem may arise if the people in the organization aren’t excited and won’t be too receptive of the innovations, regardless of how wonderful they may be. If the employees won’t utilize the BI tools to maximum capacity, the company may not be deriving the most of the intended benefits.

As such, businesses must “innovate” on how to effectively utilize and incorporate business intelligence systems into the day-to-day affairs of the business.

Foremost, companies must get the key people involved from the start. Perhaps the best way to entice and excite employees is to involve them and give them a “say” in the planning and design stages, vendor selection, implementation, and so forth. Companies should ensure that the BI tools and processes are tailored to cater to the employees’ day-to-day business information needs.

Secondly, businesses have to make sure that the employees bound to use the BI tools should receive sufficient education and training. Remember, not all employees are tech-savvy. If employees are not adept at using these technological innovations, then all the hardware supposedly intended for a pretty good purpose may end up collecting dirt inside the corporate stockrooms.

Lastly, businesses must put into place a proper monitoring system. Perhaps a company office may be tasked to continuously monitor the use of BI tools, look out for procedural and information gaps, and initiate corrective actions if necessary. Also, performance bonuses that are primarily anchored on information that are the products of business intelligence systems may be implemented to ensure that employees will continuously make the most of the available BI technologies. This may potentially create a win-win situation to both the company and the employees.

If properly utilized and embedded into the corporate philosophy of how business is done each and every day, business intelligence tools may potentially improve business decision-making, upgrade internal business processes and operational efficiency, enhance customer satisfaction, and gain a competitive advantage in the market—which will ultimately lead to company growth and success.

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Connectivity anytime, anywhere

The rise and popularization of wireless network technologies made us experience a virtually borderless world where communication was made “anytime, anywhere” and information of all sorts and classes was literally at our fingertips.

This apparently exponential growth in wireless technologies was driven by a surplus of technological innovations (e.g. internet, Wifi, Wimax), devices (laptops, smart phones, tablets) and digital applications (information search engines, social networking, web conferencing), amongst others.

In particular, businesses and organizations alike have exhibited increasing demands for wireless connectivity to cater their everyday information and communication needs. Some of the benefits that going wireless brought about to organizations would include increased productivity and mobility of employees who can work anytime and anywhere in the business premises without losing net connection, improved employee responsiveness to customer demands, better access to information for business needs, and more satisfied clients who may enjoy the perks of wireless connectivity.

My home institution for example, the University of the Philippines Visayas, was able to tap some of the most promising benefits of wireless technologies and channelled them to be made available for educational purposes by teachers and student alike. For example, the campus has certain wifi hotspots where students can make use of in creating “virtual classrooms,” as well as in downloading academic references for school papers and everyday class preparations. Academic personnel and staff likewise enjoy the benefits of wireless network technologies over a wide array of work areas.

On the other end, while wireless networks offer a vast amount of benefits, they can also be prone to a number of abuses that may entail certain risks the organization. As such, standards must be well-placed to control and mitigate such risks.

For one, general internal controls over hardware and application controls over software must be in place to control access over all information that flows through the system. Furthermore, the use of wireless technologies among employees must be regulated, considering that one of the possible downsides of a wifi-enabled work area is decreased employee productivity. Lastly, external service providers must be bound by a contract that would be equitable enough to cover technical assistance, troubleshooting, as well as protection of all business information of the organization.

In general, wireless network technologies must be properly managed, so as to maximize the benefits that it can offer to any organization and ultimately assure quality of service in an economical manner.

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