Assignment: Information Processing IT
Assignment: Information Processing IT
Many changes in communication have been supported, if not propelled, by IT. Some communication technol- ogies, such as social networking and microblogs, are rather new and unfamiliar, motivating managers in many orga- nizations to understand how to apply them to work‐related applications in a way that adds value to their business. These and other communication tools help make large companies feel smaller by bringing together employees from geographic disparate locations and from a variety of divisions and levels in the organization. Large companies can feel smaller because communications technology enables individuals to find each other despite the organiza- tion’s size. These tools also help small companies feel like large companies because, to some degree, they level the playing field in the ways companies communicate and collaborate. Thomas Friedman, the author of the popular The World Is Flat and other books, argues that collaboration is the way that small companies can “act big” and flourish in today’s flat world. The key to success is for such companies “to take advantage of all the new tools for collaboration to reach farther, faster, wider and deeper.”17 For example, any company can have a Facebook page or a Twitter feed, making it difficult to distinguish between small and large organizations simply by interacting over these technologies.
Changing Organizational Decision Making and Information Processing IT changes not only organizational decision‐making processes but also the information used in making those decisions. Data processed to create more accurate and timely information are being captured earlier in a process. Analytics (see Chapter 12) have made it possible to mine data stores and identify insights, make predictions, and even suggest decisions. Through information technologies, information that employees need to do their job can be pushed to them in real time or saved and made available when they need it.
IT can change the amount and type of information available to employees. For example, salespeople can use technology to get quick answers to customer questions. Further, IT‐based tools allow salespeople to search for best practices on a marketing topic over a social network and to benefit from blogs and wikis written by informed employees in their company. Organizations now maintain large comprehensive business databases, called data warehouses, that can be mined by using tools to analyze patterns, trends, and relationships. We discuss data management in Chapter 12.
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