Information Technology for Managers Learning Path
A good understanding of Information Technology (IT) is of vital importance for any manager in today’s modern workplace. Many middle and senior managers now have to effectively manage and implement IT resources. By studying the Alison Learning Path in Information Technology for Managers you will learn about the important role Information Technology plays in business organisations. You will see in a number of ways how the manager’s role is fundamental to the success of a business that uses IT resources. The Alison Learning Path in Information Technology for Managers is a series of courses that cover many areas a manager may need to address when managing the IT resources of a business.
Courses in this Learning Path
Introduction to Information Technology for Managers
Information Systems are used by managers and employees every day. Systems can improve efficiency and help managers to make informed decisions. This course will first give you an overview of information technology for managers. You will look into the contribution of information technology in the workplace and the challenges that it brings. You will also study the most common types of technology-enabled business organizations and the six major trends and implications of information technology for management.
Information is defined as some tangible or intangible entity that reduces uncertainty about some state or event. This course will discuss the different factors that influence the way in which information is interpreted. You will learn the characteristics of information, the uses of information and knowledge in an organization; and the stages of decision making in business. In addition, you will learn about the main classifications of organizations.
Information technology is constantly changing the structure of business organizations. New forms of technology can mean new customer relationships and new forms of commerce. Upon the completion of this course, you will have a much better understanding of the role of the manager in creating and controlling changes in the workplace via the introduction and proper maintenance of information technology. These are great skills, so check out the course today and start giving your professional abilities a solid boost.1-2 Hour50 Points
Introduction to Corporate IT Strategy and Business Frameworks
Frameworks are designed around the decision-making activities of the organization and aim to improve processing of information. This course will first introduce you to the relationships between business frameworks and Information Technology. You will look into the main types of framework available to a business organization and study the different applications that Information Technology adds to a business organization. This course will also discuss the three different types of information systems. You will learn that a change in one component of a framework is likely to cause changes in others.
Technology can be used to dramatically restructure organizations and contribute to their flexibility. This course will discuss how Information Technology can help to sustain a modern organization. You will study the differences between formal organizations and informal organizations, the factors that influence the structure and design of modern organizations, and the role of interdependence in an organizational structure. You will also study organizational flexibility, the role of variables in Information Technology, and the importance of Information Technology in determining corporate strategy.
The modern manager must have a thorough knowledge of both the structure of their organization and the capabilities of modern technology. This is especially important when designing business frameworks and determining corporate strategies. Upon the completion of this course, you will have learned the importance of IT in the design of business frameworks and the different elements that influence framework design. So, check out this course and discover how to use IT to enhance your organization's corporate strategy, today.1-2 Hour50 Points
Understanding Information Control for IT Managers
Control of information within an organization is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of managers. Modern businesses and organisations must be capable of creating and implementing a control structure which will suit the operations of the business. Information technology (IT) can be used to create information systems which result in effective and efficient control in a business.
In this course the learner is introduced to the issues that control presents in the organization and also outlines the impact globalization has on control within the organization. Information systems can greatly aid communications in an organization but they may also pose a major control problem for management in terms of development, implementation and security. The learner will also see how different types of organizations may require different levels of control. Improved information systems have allowed many businesses to expand their operations to the global market, in turn creating more control issues, for example, businesses with extensive outsourcing face problems of control and communications.
This course will be of great interest to professionals in the areas of business management, IT and information systems who would like to learn more about implementing effective control measures within organisations and the impact globalization can have on control within a business.1-2 Hour50 Points
IT Management - Software and Databases
DBSMs are crucial for having a functioning modern office where all files are readily available at the click of a button. Being able to manage and maintain these systems is therefore an essential skill for any aspiring IT manager. This course will guide you through all the essential elements of this database technology. The course first introduces you to the most common database software used in modern organizations. It then outlines the development of important business software applications and explains the use of keys, relations, and data models in a Database Management Systems.
You will then learn the most important options and considerations an IT manager has to make when choosing and updating these systems. By the end of the course you will have a strong understanding of DBSMs, their development, maintenance, and crucial role in a modern office. This will be a great boost for your professional skill set, and your résumé.
With these systems being so important, every IT manager needs to understand them and how they are best chosen and maintained. Despite this, DBSMs remain some of the most misunderstood systems in the modern workplace. So give yourself an advantage over the competition. By taking this course you’ll learn some essential information, improve your CV, and get ahead of the crowd. Not bad for a free course that only takes 2 hours.1-2 Hour50 Points
IT Management - Building Information Systems
Information Systems are critical components in every business and organisation, and managers have a fundamental role in the initiation, design and implementation of a new Information System. Information Technology has a crucial role to play in modern corporate Information Systems.
In this free online course the learner is introduced to the stages of Information Systems design. The learner will see how the manager's role is fundamental to the success of the early stages of systems design, and how the user must have maximum impact during these stages.
The learner will also be introduced to the various tools available to aid in Information Systems design. There are various costs and benefits associated with the lifecycle of Information Systems, and various ways in which the organization may be impacted, and this course will address those issues.
This free course will be of great interest to professionals in the areas of business management, IT and Information Systems management who would like to learn more about designing Information Systems and the costs and the challenges faced by managers when implementing a new Information System.2-3 Hours50 Points