Business Performance Improvement Technologies - an Introduction

Information Technology


Information Technology poses some significant challenges to businesses, and especially to manufacturers.

When computer technology was in its commercial infancy, the IT of the time was predominantly either for accounting or else to help manufacturers perform the business practices they'd been performing for the previous 50 years - in effect, computerizing manual systems.

Over the next 20 years - the 60's and 70's - the emphasis switched to providing a functionality that was only capable through the use of computers. The potential was there to transform industry.

It is ironic that in the late 90's into the 2000's, the technology functionality that could again transform industry is barely available - the dominant ERP software packages failing to provide it, and some favored improvement technologies - Lean Manufacturing, for example - trying to minimize dependency on IT.

Definition of Information Technology

By steve hill

Information technology has been defined by the Information Technology Association of America, or the ITAA as being the study, design, development, implementation support and/or management of any computer based information systems. This relates particularly to software applications and computer hardware. Information technology deals with using electronic computers and software to convert, store, protect, process, retrieve with security or transmit any information. What began many years ago as a term that many had no awareness of to a term that has skyrocketed to include several aspects of computing and technology. IT is a wide based term and encompasses many areas. Professionals in information technology may perform a wide variety of tasks that range from installing computer applications to designing widely complex computer networks and information databases.

Everything from data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, software design, database design and management and administration of systems is included in the term of information technology. When covering the aspects of IT as a whole, the use of computers and information are typically associated.

The history of IT goes back several years. In order to perform the functions associated with the field of technology the modern field will use computers, servers, database management systems and cryptography.

It was not very long ago that the field of IT only consisted of a single computer operator who stored data on a magnetic tape and then placed it in storage. Times have changed drastically in the field of technology from its inception several years ago. The field today typically includes a Chief Information Officer and several individuals who work together to achieve their goals. Years ago there was simply a single operator who performed all the tasks related to this form of technology.

Today the job outlook for people interested in this field is very good. With data security and server specialists among the highest paid in the field, those with the needed skills and a keen interest in IT stand to earn a substantial annual income.

With the increasing concern for data storage and management, along with the security issues that most companies and corporations are facing, a career in IT is an excellent choice for those who possess mathematical and strategic planning skills.

Since 1961 the Information Technology Association of America has been working to enhance the interests of US technology and electronics industries. This association provides leadership training in areas relating to business development, public policy, market forecasting and standards of development to a large number of corporations. The ITAA provides a grassroots approach to global networking for companies, market and government from the smallest local level to a global audience.

It currently represents more than 16,000 information technological related companies throughout the world. Based in Washington, DC, the Information Technology Association of American is the only organization of its kind that helps to unite local, state, national and global businesses in the area of technology.

While technology today encompasses a wide range of individual focuses, it is becoming increasing clear that the IT field of the future will include many more topics and more demand than ever before. For those interested in becoming part of this rapidly growing field the time is now. Getting in on new developments could prove to be a very exciting and lucrative choice.

steve hill is a webmaster from Birmingham, he has interests in a number of web sites including:

stuttering information
assistive technology

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