The Mobile Phone And How We Use It Today In Business

Welcome back to my blog, this weeks post will be covering how we use mobile phones today in business.

When was the first mobile used and where are we now?

Goodwin reports” The world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone.”, so over 40 years ago the first phone call was ever made on a phone(phone shown below) that weighed more than what a laptop does today. This is truly breath-taking as the mobile phones we take for granted today are so far superior to the first built not so long ago. Todays mobile phones can do various tasks that replace our use for other devices, starting with the ability to view emails on the go going up-to the endless other uses, the mobile phone has become a necessity rather a luxury in the business world.

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What are the advantages of using mobile phones in business?

Forneris reports” Using a cell phone in business allows for increased flexibility when working, which has numerous advantages. “, flexibility is a key part of business with the ability to do work on the go employees can get work done out of business hours when needed, mobile phones have applications such as creating or editing documents and the ability to access servers in order to upload or send their work to the relevant people. This can be especially useful, an example could be a lawyer, with the ability to write up a draft on the go and then even print it using their mobile phone can save time and increase efficiency.

Another advantage is the technology we use in todays mobiles phones, from taking pictures to scanning barcodes and taking payments, businesses can use these tools to improve their business. Businesses can use social media on their phones to promote their business and increase sales along with taking payments on the go.

Lastly and most  importantly is communication, the mobile phone has revolutionised the way we communicate today and businesses can benefit greatly from this, with a direct communication between a business and their suppliers, businesses can easily adapt to changes and members can easily collaborate to ensure smooth running of the business.

Are there any disadvantages?

Yes. Mobile phones are great for businesses but as with nearly all things disadvantages are there too.
Pearson reports disadvantages can include” Workflow Disruption and Balance between work and life”, these are strong points as employees using mobile phones in the workplace can lead to decreased productivity costing the business reduced efficiency. Workers may also suffer from an inability to balance their work lives and personal lives causing problems in both the workplace and outside of it.

Well should we use mobile phones in business then?

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Personally, I’d say yes, the reason being the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for most people, of course some businesses still heavily rely on older methods of communication which yet still works perfectly, but as the future arises adaptation may be the only way to prevent businesses from becoming obsolete.

Aspirations and keys into an IT profession

 

Welcome back to my blog this weeks post is going to be covering my career aspirations and hoping to inspire you too into the world of IT.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This was a question I’ve been asked throughout my life and for many years I have been unable to come up with an answer. However, as I began to realise my interests and passion in the IT field, it became inevitably clear what I wanted to progress into. From a young age I’ve always been interested in how computers function and the processes behind what we see on a computer screen and how we are able to interact with the system. Another hobby of mine was business, I am to this day fascinated in how businesses grow so exponentially and how the systems implemented in these businesses depict how well the business performs. Without the right approaches and understanding of consumers, a business is only destined to fail. A key part of business in the 21st century is the use of IT and IS, the reason behind this is the technological aspect of the pestle analysis widely used by businesses all over the world. Without technological advancement businesses cannot access the range of consumers their opposing parties can. In this day and age consumers rely massively on the world-wide web for nearly everything, from finding their way around to ordering products online and businesses have to adapt in order to suit these needs, thus I am aspiring to be a business analyst who can help businesses analyse their target markets and bring forward ideas for them to pursue and grow.

Now what is a Business analyst?

The video below is by Angelo Kalevela and simply explains what a business analyst does. Watch this video then scroll down!

To extend from what the video has very simply explained, Businessanalystsolutions report “the business analyst role is often seen as a communication bridge between IT and the business stakeholders”.  this is a very simplistic approach to what a analyst actually does, The analyst must  make sure they respond to the needs of the business and ensuring the implementation of the technology achieves the goal layed out and that value for money is achieved from the developments inputted into the business. Furthermore they must make sure the technology is up to date and sustainable in the time frame following the addition. To aid the role of the analyst they must have great communication skills as as we can see from the comparison in video, the analyst will communicate with clients on a regular basis.

Is the career the same now in this ever changing world?

In a nutshell no, the business analyst role has emerged new views with the changing business environment and the analyst must now be able to adapt to drive change in this ever changing business world, however the growth only makes the role ever more important so focus hard and join me in becoming an IT professional.

Thanks for reading and make sure to come back each week for your dose of my IT World!

 

An Introduction to Coding

Why YOU should learn coding

So why am I telling you to learn coding? Well coding can empower you in many different aspects    from building your own website to building a successful career in coding. Coding can help you understand the technological world we live in today, how when we power on the computer it shows up information, I mean it doesn’t come from nowhere now does it. Even as a hobby coding is a very interesting task and can give you key skills in logic making your brain essentially “switch on”.

Coding is now needed everywhere, even the simplest of technologies require some sort of code, for example the timer on your range of appliances, even they need codes to function.Where we would be today without developers and codes is beyond me, I mean without my alarm I can’t even wake up for university!

Well now you know why to learn it lets discuss what coding is

Coding is written code giving computers and other technological devices the ability to do things by telling them what to do, well… that’s in simple terms. Coding consists of many languages each with their own abilities as well as pros and cons. The languages in coding however can enable to you move up the complexity ladder of coding, starting from simpler languages you can gain skills that enable you to learn the more complex languages easier and understand how they work.

Now am I a programmer?

Well not yet, currently I am studying HTML and CSS, the languages used to code basic websites. I have just started learning basic code and how it works. Coding is in no way easy, starting from a basic level I can say it requires patience and practice. It can be really frustrating trying to code when it doesn’t work. I’ve currently learnt the basics of the html language such as telling the internet browser to read my document as a html file by using the <!DOCTYPE html> tag. Without this tag the website wouldn’t work at all. From this, I realised that code is very precise and missing out something that may seem so simple can really affect the outcome.

How did code come about?

It was when the first computer was invented, which was in 1954, “In 1954, language FORTRAN was invented at IBM by John Backus; it was the first widely used high level general purpose programming language to have a functional implementation, as opposed to just a design on paper.” Without coding there technically would not be software to run a computer.

Where is code today?

These days developing has been made easier as there are now new applications which allow a user to design websites and programs and it will automatically create the code, all the user must do is drag and drop to their preference, however using these applications does not allow bespoke creation of websites  or programs and code is hard to edit once made by these general applications hence why learning coding is so much more useful!

So now you know what coding is all about drop everything you’re doing and join me on my conquest to coding and empowering people from today!