The Importance of Information Technology — Why is it so Important?

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The Importance of Information Technology — Why is IT so Important?
It’s hard to comprehend how much Information Technology (IT) pervades and influences our daily lives. Or, more specifically, its practical application in the computers, tablets, and smartphones that we use. It’s on these devices that we spend a large number of our waking hours while either at work, play, or communicating with coworkers, friends, and family.
IT influences almost everything we do, including shopping online, learning, going to the doctor, banking, and dining out. In fact, it is in the industries of business, higher education, healthcare, banking, finance, and food service where IT has made the most improvements to our lives. While some individuals refuse to see the advantages, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. 

What is Information Technology?

Information Technology can be many things and cover many facets of life. Merriam-Webster defines it as, “Technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data.” This definition, however, makes IT seem like a strictly utilitarian tool. In fact, IT is really about innovation. As stated in Forbes, the true importance and purpose of Information Technology is to “research and develop new technologies in cognitive science, genetics, or medicine” so those advancements find solutions to the problems we all face. It’s that innovation that has allowed for improvement in so many industries outside the sciences.

Business and Information Technology

Winning over clients with great products and making sales are the two main goals of any business. IT has made that process more efficient, easier, and attractive, especially through web marketing. But IT does more than that for businesses. It also helps automate certain processes, target objectives, generate revenue, and reduce inefficiency. Ultimately, IT assists businesses in achieving three main goals:

  • Building and growing commerce in the business sector

  • Minimizing the time needed to generate new business

  • Adding and providing electronic security, data storage, and efficient communication

These successes are due to the implementation of IT in business where it harnesses its power to create new business processes, which enhance and improve the way businesses work. Thus IT is of profound importance to businesses. Specifically, IT supports the work of the business world in the following ways:

  • Allowing for the building of smarter applications

  • Improving data storage

  • Enabling faster data processing

  • Distributing data more widely and efficiently

  • Enhancing quality and value, and heightening productivity

With the use of IT leading this innovation, the business world applies that knowledge to create new ways to reach, support, and sell to customers, such as:

  • Strategic business planning

  • Effective digital marketing

  • Higher global sales

  • Systematic management

  • Real-time monitoring

  • Instant customer service

  • Online shopping

  • Social networking

  • VoiP communication

  • Cloud computing

Another way IT has helped the business world is in the creation of a new area of employment, the IT department. Because of the influence of IT, many jobs exist and are important for the everyday operations of various businesses around the world. Some of the most essential ones are:

  • Data Scientist

  • Network Administrator

  • System Analyst

  • Software and Web developers

  • Tech Support

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