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This is where Information Systems (IS) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) have a huge impact on businesses nowadays

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Implications of Information and Communication Technology for Business BCH1B01 Assignment: Topic 2 Word Count: 1496 By Student: ******* Topic 2 Time and geographical factors have a huge affect on the communication methods we use. In the business world time is money, and no matter how far u need to communicate to, it normally has to be done quickly and efficiently. This is where Information Systems (IS) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) have a huge impact on businesses nowadays, especially large scale organisations. Currently, Local Area Networks (LANs) are becoming more common in normal size businesses, and large-scale organisations tend to use Wide Area Networks (WANs), intranets and extranets. A LAN is a computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of buildings. However, one LAN can be connected to other LANs over any distance via telephone lines and radio waves; this is what we call a WAN (a system of LANs connected together). Each node (individual computer) in a LAN is able to access data and devices anywhere on the LAN. This means that many users can share expensive devices, such as laser printers, as well as data. ...read more.


This means businesses can now hold business meetings without even leaving their premises! In addition to supporting conversations, video conferencing may also be used by providing a view of activities at a remote location. For example, a board of directors may want to see who is doing what in the work place. Setting up a video conference system can be fairly costly, but normally within a big organisation there is a LAN/WAN and therefore, all that is essentially required is the relevant software and hardware (web cams with microphones etc.) and an H320 (ISDN) connection line. Although, there is no point in having video conferencing facilities if your business contacts do not also have them, unless the intended use is for just within the business organisation. For example a global business that has headquarters in more than one country, could find using video conferencing extremely useful and cost effective, because it would save personnel having to travel back and forth from different countries just to go to meetings. Managers would be able to have meetings face to face with their superiors in different countries, yet without physically being in the same room. ...read more.


How will you do it? During work hours? In lunch times? After work? Can certain people within the organisation train the employees, or will a training company need to be outsourced? If so what will the costs be? All these factors must be considered, especially if working to a tight budget and outsourcing is need for training. Training can be the success or failure of a new system; if the employees do not know how to use the new system properly and efficiently, it will therefore be a failure, meaning time and money would have been wasted. As well as advantages ICT and IS can have their disadvantages, for example when installing a Domino server/LAN, despite the advantages they can possess, they can also give employees the opportunity to stray away from working efficiently. For example, with the messaging facilities the employees could exploit it by simply sending messages to each other rather than doing their work. Again having Internet facilities means the same thing, employees can browse the net rather than doing their work. There are measures to fight against this, but they are not very efficient. As you can see, technology in the past few years has rocketed, and now ICT and IS are extremely fundamental to businesses and organisations, without the use of them everything even down to the simplest of things such as communication will be affected. ...read more.

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