Why Companies Need to Acquire MIS Graduates

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Most companies recognize that technology will play an increasing role in future success. That realization doesn’t necessarily mean that businesses know what type of professionals to hire. These four benefits should convince companies that they need to acquire MIS graduates.

To Reach More Customers

The Internet has radically changed the way that people shop. Consumers spent about $210.6 billion buying products from online retailers. At $4,778.24 billion, the business-to-business e-commerce volume is even greater. The trend is quite clear: businesses that want to increase sales need to offer their clients online options.

Despite its popularity, e-commerce is still an evolving industry that presents several unanswered questions to businesses that want to take advantage of it. Adding an information systems manager to a technology development team makes it easier to find solutions as businesses encounter new problems.

To Protect Customer Information

Image via Flickr by Alan Cleaver

Image via Flickr by Alan Cleaver

In January 2014, hackers stole information about 110 million Target customers. In September of the same year, hackers stole information from Kmart. When companies suffer security breaches, media outlets pick up the stories and spread them across the Internet. This creates terrible public relations scenarios that can make consumers cautious of using credit cards when shopping online or at stores.

A strong computer security team is the only way businesses can stop hackers from stealing customer information. That team needs to include several types of professionals who specialize in specific areas of computer technology. Someone with an Information Systems Management degree can bring those professionals together to create a security program that outwits even the best hackers.

To Become More Efficient

Companies need to cut spending and increase profits to remain competitive. Computer technology that focuses on efficiency accomplishes both of those goals. Without someone trained to build and maintain computer systems, businesses can’t keep up with competitors who understand that spending a little more money today on the right team members can lead to long-term benefits.

Businesses that don’t use computer technology to improve efficiency will likely fail to meet the needs of their customers. Either their services will suffer or their prices will go up. Either way, refusing to adopt new technology puts businesses at a significant disadvantage.

To Improve Communications

Communications plays a key role in helping businesses meet their goals. Today’s latest technology helps companies stay in contact with customers, transfer large amounts of information between offices, and develop database systems so employees and managers can access information instantly.

Improved communication technology doesn’t just happen on its own. It takes a commitment to building reliable computer networks that can transmit information securely. MIS graduates who enjoy traveling can use this as an opportunity to help businesses while exploring the world. While small businesses probably don’t need to hire a staff member dedicated to building computer networks, medium and large companies can benefit from hiring their own information technology staff members.

As technology continues to evolve, companies will need to rely on more IT professionals. What advantages do you think an MIS graduate could offer businesses in your community?

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Consumer Action Handbook

the frauds
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The Consumer Action Handbook is a book published by the federal government for the express purpose of giving you “the most current information on all your consumer needs.”  In short, the Consumer Action Handbook wants to help you with everything that takes your money.

The best part?  It’s free.

The book covers topics ranging from banking to health care to cell phones to estate planning.  It covers both covering your butt in a transaction and filing a complaint if things go poorly.   It explains the options and pitfalls involved in buying, renting, leasing, or fixing a car.  You can learn about financial aid for college and maneuvering through an employment agency.  And more.  So much more.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I spend quite a bit of time explaining scams and how to avoid them.   This book has provided some of the source material for that theme.

It’s 170 pages on not getting screwed, either through fraud or ignorance.  Every house should have one. Really, the list of consumer and regulatory agencies alone is worth the price of admission, which–if I wasn’t clear earlier–is $0.

To get yours, go to http://www.consumeraction.gov/caw_orderhandbook.shtml and fill out the form.  You can order up to 10 at a time, so pick a few up for your friends and family.   They won’t complain, I promise.

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