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IT has revolutionized

Without doubt, IT has revolutionized the operations of businesses, with constant advances in Tecnology becoming a formidable force in how businesses, offices, factories, plants and executive suites now operate.

The images that 'Information and Business Technology' bring up are computers and the Internet. Of course, words like 'network,' 'server,' 'router,' Ethernet,' and 'VOIP' also come into the picture.

Interestingly, 'Business IT' is neither new, nor has it always referred to computer-related issues. In fact, Information technology is as ancient as the human brain, certainly if one viewed the brain as an information processor, which it is. Information Technology is a very credible science that traces its roots to the earliest human attempts to communicate and store data.

 

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Information Tecnology

Information Tecnology has evolved into a career. As a profession, it has become very diverse, and IT workers now specialize in different fields. These fields include software development, hardware development, application management, desktop services, server administration and network administration.

Let us look at a few IT career cadres.

The Chief Information Officer is the person with overall responsibility for all the IT and computer systems that back up an organization's corporate goals.

The Chief Technology Officer is the career person saddled with the responsibility of setting all the technology goals, objectives and policies within the organization.

 

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Systems Administrator

The Systems Administrator is the person who configures and manages the systems in a computing environment that is composed of multiple users. In many respects, this person is the organization's general systems trouble shooter, as he is the one who is expected to pinpoint problems when they arise.

The Application Manager is the person responsible for managing high-value business applications.

The Systems Developer is the person who writes and updates specific codes and passwords for programs that are supposed to meet the business objectives of customers.

The  Network Architect is the person who manipulates the organization's IT functions in a way that best supports the organization's business objectives.

 

Five Reasons Why IT Support is Essential For Your Business

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Computer downtime issues, and outright loss of data are the two worst nightmares of any business, be it medium or large scale in size.

That is why it is important to employ the support of expert and competent IT professionals early in the life of your business. Before we proffer five sound reasons why you should engage competent IT support in your operations, let us quickly look at the temptations many start-up businesses easily fall into.

Usually, many businesses commence with just one or two people who oversee the entire administrative and computer aspects of the business. And, because the growth of computer systems tends to be rather slow, the temptation remains to continue to use in-house personnel to oversee it.

This is hardly surprising, as there is no doubt that the outsourcing, or the creation of an internal computer technology team can be capital intensive. However, the experience of computer hitches, or even outright loss of data has proved that the investment may be well worth the effort.

Nothing could give you greater peace of mind than knowing that your technical issues can be quickly and easily resolved, apart from ensuring that your business survives its early critical stages of growth.

 

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These are five good reasons why such competent and expert IT support can give you this peace of mind.



  • Prevention of Data Loss. Nothing could be a worse nightmare for an emerging business than loss of data. A competent IT team will help to eliminate this possibility.

  • House Technical Standby Team. As systems grow larger and more complex, the possibility of data corruption, and other technical issues increase. In fact, the need for day-to-day system support becomes imperative, so that problems can be swiftly resolved as they arise. This will guarantee minimal loss of time and productivity.

  • Data Management. The soul of the future growth of any business lies in proper planning. Additionally, accurate data management can help in resolving critical management challenges. This is why data collated at each stage of the business must be properly harnessed into good business reports. A competent IT support team can do this.

  • Inventory. For any business that has to maintain adequate stock, proper data processes are needed to ensure that adequate stock levels are maintained at all times. This is particularly important with regards to the relationship between the ordering of fresh stock and company cash flow.

  • Cash Flow. Your internal accounting system must be good enough to support accurate cash flow predictions and potential tax reporting issues. Your cash flow system is so vital that maintenance of an efficient software, reliable backup and data protection all become very vital too.

  • These five aspects highlight the compelling importance of IT support, especially at the early stage of your business, so that you can reap the benefits of such expertise as your business expands.

  • This is a very important consideration in today's very competitive business terrain, where the critical difference between success and failure may just lie with the effective application of technology.

  • Without doubt, your most reliable insurance against computer-induced disaster in the form of system breakdown or data loss, is the engagement of competent IT services.
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Another field that has felt the amazing impact of Internet Technology is the fascinating world of comics. For those who love comics, the way they are read has been changed by digitalization. They have now been transformed into apps that allow for convenient digital reading and easy arrangement into library collections. This is a list of the current and most popular comic apps that you can use with your mobile devices.

ComiXology (Android/ iOS) (Free)

ComiXology ranks as one of the most popular apps in the digital world of comics. Readers have direct access to read and purchase from ComiXology's website through  its app which features major comic publishers like Marvel, DC and a host of others. Allowing users to download content from the website, the app can be assessed on Android and iOS platforms. A drawback, however, is that while a 'Guided View' mode will allow you to read the comics on small screen phones, this facility is available only for ComiXology purchases, and it cannot be imported from another comic collection, nor can you purchase it as an iOS app. Similar patterns of app usage can be found on Marvel and DC.

Dark Horse Comics (Android iOS) is another that has established its own app and market platform. It features popular franchises like Star Wars, Mass Effect, Aliens, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in addition to a rich collection of Sin City, manga and manhwa, and Hellboy. Although it's Comic guided view is smooth enough, it's Panel-to-Panel view is not as friendly. It's greatest advantage, however, is that its left reading mode is the one that works best for Dark Horse's extensive manga series collection.

2000 AD (iOS) (Free)

Free 2000 AD comics and magazines are provided on a platform that supports only the iOS device, and you can subscribe to the range of Judge Dredd Magazine, the Strontium Dog, Sláine, and the 200AD comics anthology. Also, individual issues can be bought, while any of its subscription selections can be saved on the series.

Marvel Unlimited (Android, iOS) ($9.99/mo)

Marvel Unlimited app provides access to a pool of comics from Marvel Comics' archives. You can access continuous access to 13,000 or more publications, or even issues from several classic titles of Marvel at $10 for a month, or $70 for a year. A slight drawback is that you can only read while online, although you can bookmark a limit of 12 issues for your online reading.

ComicRack (Android, iPad) (Free / $7.99)

Coming with a unique library management, several different reading modes, and other customizations, this app is very user-friendly because it also features an original desktop comic reader, and comes with a great list of comic issues. Another unique feature of ComicRack is that you can read on the go, as it allows you to sync your collection and other issues between your desktop and your phone. The fact that it supports formats like .CBR, .CBZ, .PDF, .DJVU is an added advantage.

This is merely a tip of the iceberg, as the list of comic apps from which you can gain access to your favorite comics, and save your preferred ones, is increasing by the day. We now have a convenient platform for those with an insatiable appetite for comics they can have access to at anytime and at any place.