by Laura Morrison, April 2014
Within many organizations, computer technology plays an essential role in day-to-day operations. For this reason, companies need knowledgeable professionals to fill the roles of computer and information systems managers.
However, before individuals can pursue a career overseeing an organization's computer-related activities as managers, they may need to complete graduate school, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics1. For example, it's common for individuals who work as chief information officers and IT directors to hold a Master of Business Administration.
If you find this line of work appealing, you should consider keeping up with the latest developments in the IT field, while pursuing an advanced degree. For those of you who want to work in business settings, knowing about the rise of mobile technology could be especially useful.
These days, it seems like mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, are being used everywhere. In many schools, portable devices are just as common as pencils and rulers, while it's not uncommon to see doctors using tablets in hospitals.
Recent data from the Pew Research Center shows how common mobile technology has become in the U.S. As of January 2014, for instance, 90 percent of American adults are in possession of a cellphone. A total of 58 percent of American adults own a smartphone. Additional data reveals that 42 percent and 32 percent of adult Americans have a tablet computer and an e-reader, respectively.
While it's good to know how everyday Americans are responding to mobile technology, the ways smartphones and tablets are affecting businesses are especially valuable.
As a computer and information systems manager with an understanding of all things mobile, you could be in a better position to help an organization save precious time and money. This is the conclusion AT&T and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council arrived at following a recent survey of 1,042 small businesses2.
According to an AT&T press release, the use of mobile technology, including smartphones and tablets, can save small businesses as much as $67.5 billion a year. The significant savings are directly related to how much time going mobile can save professionals.
"In the current economy, mobile technologies are critical to enabling small businesses to save tremendous amounts of time and money by helping them do more with less," said Cathy Martine, president of Enterprise Business Solutions at AT&T. "As a result, we're seeing more and more small business owners and employees turning to mobile technologies to not only keep them connected but to put them ahead of the curve, as well as their competition."
1.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm#tab-4 | 2. about.att.com/story/survey_finds_mobile_technologies_saving_us_small_businesses_more_than_65_billion_a_year.html