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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Shopping Online: The Money-Saving Secret

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I try to do as much of my shopping online, if at all possible. ¬† The one exception is groceries. ¬†The two local companies that offer online grocery shopping and delivery have a markup that just doesn’t balance out with the convenience of not having to fight crowds at the grocery store.

I buy books, CDs, movies, even toilet paper online. ¬† It’s so much easier to spend 5 minutes on a website than to pack up the kids, drive to the store, wander around while trying to avoid coming within view of the toy aisles, get what I need and get out without buying a bunch of crap I don’t need.

For a long time, I’d just accept the price as the price. ¬†I’d pay whatever was asked. ¬†Eventually, I quit overlooking the magic money-saving option on almost all e-commerce websites: the coupon field.

Here’s how it works: ¬†While you are checking out, you will usually see a box marked “coupon code” or “promo code”. ¬†Put in a coupon code, and poof! you save money. ¬†Magic is fun.

What happens if you don’t have a coupon code?

I crank up my second brain, aka Google. ¬†For example, if I’m shopping at the Gap, I’ll type in “Gap coupon code“. ¬† When the search results come up, I open the top 4-5 pages all at once and look for the best deals. ¬† If a site is trying to charge $30 for shipping, a free shipping coupon is a winner. ¬† If I’m ordering $300 worth of Christmas presents, a 15% off code is a real prize. ¬†Other times, I will concentrate on the buy-one, get-one type of coupons. ¬† Those are handy when I’m trying to buy presents for all of my nieces and nephews.

The real secret is coupon stacking. ¬†It’s usually not allowed, but some sites allow you to stack different types of coupons. ¬† If I can find a “15% off $300” coupon and a “free shipping” coupon for the same site, I’ll try to use them both. ¬† One Christmas, I was able to get $100 of free stuff shipped for $5 by stacking BOGOs, discounts, and shipping coupons. ¬†I love to get free stuff.¬†Always try to use extra coupons, if you can find them. ¬†This isn’t extreme couponing, just using the system as it was designed.

I search coupon codes every single time I order anything online.  No exceptions.   How do you save money when you shop online?

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