What Exactly Is I.T.?

You might have heard the term “I.T.” before and wondered what it stands for.  I.T. stands for information technology and refers to an entire industry.  Information technology is defined as the use of computers and software used to manage information.  Some businesses call this department Management Information Services (MIS) or Information Services (IS), however, it’s the same as IT.  In various types of work, such as that of a Los Angles computer consultant, IT involves storing, protecting, processing, and transmitting information.

The Information Technology Association of America recently released their definition of information technology as “the study, design, development, application, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems.”  IT typically refers to the transfer of information distribution over computers, however, it can also include the transfer of information over televisions and telephones as well.  Information technology usually involves computer hardware and software, electronics, the internet, and e-commerce.

Typically, those that work in an IT department of a business are responsible for network administration, software development, software installation, as well as planning and managing the business’s technological advances.  Many modern information technology departments use computers, servers, database management systems, and cryptography.  Many IT departments have several System Administrators, Database Administrators and one or a few Technology Managers.  Most organizations also have a Chief Information Officer to head the department.  However, many companies today are using insource groups to take over their IT needs.

Hardware and software updates are very important in IT as well as upgrades to the entire system.  In fact, upgrades are usually one of the most neglected areas of IT today and yet one of the most crucial.  Many businesses simply do not make IT upgrades a priority.  Sometimes the hardware and software need to be completely replaced.  One of the reasons that many businesses don’t make this a priority is that it can be a pricey venture, as well as extremely time-consuming.  In this day and age, it’s best to insource this type of work to an outside company instead of handling it in-house.

For those that are interested in insourcing the IT needs of their business, these services are available all over the United States.  All you need to do is a little computer networking in Los Angeles or the Silicon Valley, and you’ll find the right people to handle your IT needs.  Researching online can be a helpful task in this venture as well.


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