How to Discuss About IT Department


You may hear terms such as information age, information society, and knowledge workers and wonder what they all mean. What these and other such terms refer to is one aspect or another of the increased role that information technology is playing in our lives and careers.

Information technology definition: The phrase information technology (IT) refers to the criterion, gathering, processing, storage, and delivery of information and the processes and devices that make all this possible. Think of these processes and devices as tools that make your life and career better or more efficient. The tasks that are handled using information technology continue to increase almost on a daily basis.

Role of Information Technology department: Information technology can do three things. They are

  • IT department can process raw data into useful information. Imagine taking a series of tests throughout a college. The score on each doesn’t tell you much. You could be sick the day of test, or not doing well on the topics currently being covered. Over the semester, you’ll get a whole range of test scores between A and F. Each of these is one bit of raw data. To turn these scores into information, you need to convert them into a grade for the course, useful information because it’s a measure of your overall performance. The teacher can now decide if you pass or fail the course.

  • Information Technology department can recycle processed information and use it as data in another processing step. For example, already processed data can be combined with other information to increase its impact. The grade you get in a course can be combined with your other course grades to calculate your quality point average. This is very useful information because it’s a single grade based ultimately on hundreds of pieces of data, all the tests you have taken.
  • Information technology department can package information in a new form so it’s easier to understand, more attractive, or more useful. All the quality point averages of your classmates can be stored into descending order or placed on a chart so you can quickly see how you stand in relation to everyone else.
  • IT department stands firmly on two legs: Hardware and Software.
  • The term “Hardware” is applied to any of the physical equipment in a system, usually containing electronic components and performing some kind of function in information processing.
  • The term “Software” is nothing but the instructions that guide the hardware in the performance of its duties. There is a slogan relating both hardware and software.

“Hardware: the part of the computer that you can kick. If you can only curse as it, it’s software”.

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