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Careers in Information Systems & General IT Questions/Answer

1. Research a specific career in information systems. Some examples of this include systems analyst, programmer, or CIO. Determine what qualifications an individual with this position would need to have and what functions he or she would perform on a daily basis.

2. In considering the career that you researched for #1: describe the extent to which a person in that career will utilize Porter's Five Forces.

3. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, research salary information for the career that you chose in #1. Use information that is specific to the region in which you were born or currently reside. If you are unable to locate information on the exact position, select another that you feel is close in terms of function. Describe the current conditions that either positively or negatively impact that salary.

4. What role would a person in the career that you included in your 1 play in determining the acquisition of a new system?

5. Many organizations consider the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) as a leadership position. Use the Internet to research and determine the responsibilities related to this role. CKO, express your findings and assessment of an organizational need to have a distinct role for this function or if these responsibilities should be shared by others in the organization.

6. To what extent will a person who is currently in the career that you researched for #1 implement an Executive Support System (ESS)? What are some items that you would want an ESS to consider?

7. Explore and describe two different enterprise application software packages. Describe the influence that an enterprise application has on a business plan. Explain the role that the position you described in #1 would play in determining whether or not to purchase the application. What role would this position play in implementing the software?

8. Assess whether the position you described in #1 will be more impacted by event-driven review or time-driven review. Describe how each review procedure affects this career.

9. A Gantt chart, also known as a PERT chart, is a tool that is used to manage and control a project. Discuss the purpose, value, benefits, and problems of using Gantt charts (using information that you researched on the Web). Include your opinion of the benefits and drawbacks to using this type of chart for such a project.

10. Why is selecting a systems development approach an important business decision? Who should participate in the selection process? Support your opinion.

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1. To be a computer and information systems manager, one needs a bachelor's degree in a computer or information science related field. Coursework should include computer programming, software development and mathematics. Some business classes are recommended as well.

Some organizations also require a graduate degree as well, typically a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
In addition, several years of experience in information technology (IT) is typically required, depending upon the management level of the job. Smaller companies often require less experience than larger companies. Experience in the field in which you are applying (i.e. manufacturing) is important, rather than just in IT.
Daily tasks include:
- Keeping the technology system running
- Analyzing the organization's hardware and software needs, and recommending purchases
- Monitoring security of the system
- Installing and upgrading system software and hardware
- Keeping abreast of marketplace to learn about new technology
- Managing IT personnel
- Negotiating with vendors to get best prices and top service for their organization

2. A computer and information manger would use Porter's five forces to help the organization stay ahead of competitors. It would be important for the computer and information systems manager to be aware of new competition so that he or she could react quickly, and preferably pre-emptively to be more efficient. This is also true with the threat of substitute products or services, the computer and information systems manager must continue to stay ahead of the competition to make his or her organization the most knowledgeable and efficient around, as well as the most agile. This will help address the bargaining power of customers, so that the company can operate as efficiently as possible. By keeping the system running, in a secure manner, and being cost effective, the computer and information systems manager is giving customers additional reasons to stay with the firm. The bargaining power of suppliers is important to the computer and information systems manager since it is important to have as many suppliers to choose from in negotiations as possible, to reduce costs. In IT this can be difficult in some areas if there are limited suppliers for particular licensed software or a refusal of certain suppliers to do business with the company. IT also often has high costs for switching software from one company to another, which affects this aspect. Intensity of competitive rivalry is relevant to the computer and information systems manager to make sure he helps guide his company to competitive advantage through innovation, and competitive strategy.

3. The median annual wage for a computer and information systems manager in the US was $115,780, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012). The salary is impacted based on the industry in which one works, with health care and social assistance computer and information systems managers making ...

Solution Summary

This detailed solution focuses on a specific career in information systems, describing how much a person in this position will utilize Porter's Five Forces, uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics to research salary information, and the role this position would play in determining the acquisition of a new IT system.
It also outlines responsibilities of Chief Knowledge Officer, and discusses this position.
The solution explores and describes two different enterprise application software packages, and role position described earlier would play in implementing/purchasing this software, the impact of an event-driven vs time-driver review.
It discusses the purpose of a PERT or Gantt chart, along with benefits and drawbacks.
It discusses why implementing a systems development approach is a sound business decision.
Includes APA references.