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
A good understanding of Information Technology (IT) is of vital importance for any manager in today’s modern workplace. Effective management and implementation of IT resources have now become routine tasks for many middle and senior managers.
The impact of IT is constantly changing the structure of business organisations and new forms of technology can mean new customer relationships and new forms of commerce. Information is now a major asset to business corporations and information management affects both daily decision making and the implementation of major strategies within a business.
This course introduces the learner to IT and information systems in the workplace. The course outlines the nature of IT and the uses and systems IT presents in the workplace. The course also explains the changes that technology brings to the workplace, and the manager’s role in creating and controlling these changes.
This course will be of great interest to management professionals who would like a better understanding of the role IT plays in business organisations, and it will also be of interest to learners who would like to learn more about managing information systems.1-2 Hour50 Points
Introduction to Corporate IT Strategy and Business Frameworks
Information Technology (IT) has become one of the key elements in the design of business frameworks and it is also a key influence in determining corporate strategy. The modern manager must have a thorough knowledge of both the structure of the organization and the capabilities of modern technology, and this knowledge is especially important when designing business frameworks and determining corporate strategy.
In this course the learner is introduced to the importance of IT in the design of business frameworks and the different elements that influence framework design.
The course also outlines the basics of information systems, the different types of information systems and the characteristics of each one. The course explains the importance of IT in creating a flexible, modern organization and discusses the benefits IT can bring when determining corporate strategy.
This course will be of great interest to management professionals who would like to learn more about the importance of IT in a business framework, and how to use IT in determining corporate strategy.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
30 years ago, office files were kept on paper, the paper was put into boxes, the boxes were put into small cabinets, and the cabinets might have been put into large storage rooms. Finding a file and managing this system was not easy. Now, with computers and the internet, we have digital Database Management Systems (DBSMs). These systems 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 free course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to understand and manage DBSMs. 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.
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