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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 free online 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 free online 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 free 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 free online 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 free 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
Computers and software are an integral part of the modern business organization. A successful manager will be expected to make informed decisions on the type of systems and software that will be used in the organization and to aid the organization in achieving its goals. Databases and Database Management Systems are a key type of software in a corporate information system. It is likely that a manager will encounter the use and management of database systems regularly.
This free online course introduces the learner to the software and databases technology used in modern organizations.
The course outlines the development of business software applications and introduces the use of Database Management Systems (DBMSs). The course outlines the various options that are available to the manager of a modern organization.
This course will be of great interest to management professionals who would like a better understanding of the roles that software and database technologies play in a corporate organization. It will also be of interest to learners who would like to gain an understanding of how software and computer systems operate.
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