IT: How Do You Matter To Me?

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. — Walt Disney

LEARN… UNLEARN…RELEARN…the main reasons why I enrolled in Master of Management major in Business Management (MMBM) Program.   As they say, we shouldn’t stop learning, it’s a continuous process for you to bloom like a beautiful flower in the garden. This will serve as my preparation for life- for a bluer sea and greener pasture believing to achieve life’s purpose.

Second trimester for me is a little bit challenging. New professors, new classmates, new lessons, another new approach in learning, well, everything is NEW. And wow, one of the subjects is MGT 286: Management of Information Systems. When I entered the laboratory room, I feel so cold and shaky asking myself, “What is this?”, “Why I am here?”, “Can I surpass this trimester?” Frankly speaking, I am not that tech savvy since I do not usually do things with the use of technology. I’d rather do it manually. I have also in mind that having gadgets is just like you’re sossy or classy.

In the outset, I have known already that we have to do a lot of things and Oh, this gave me so much apprehensions if I could make it. For a moment, I ask myself, “Why I am here for?” And that, I answered myself, “I am here to learn, unlearn and relearn – for me to keep moving forward, to open new doors, and to do new things that will lead me to new paths.

MGT 286: Management of Information Systems has taught me great lessons that would build me to be a greater individual. It changed me they way I perceived things about Information Technology. It developed my skills in using computers as well as my expertise in writing. I can say that, I grow a lot through this subject.

As a student, I have learned what are its importance and benefits, how could they become a strategy to gain competitive advantage, and how this could use in making sound decisions. Also, I have learned the following:

The topics discussed helped me to…….

  • identify what to do to advance the effective use of IT within the organization
  • develop effective strategic planning through the pre-defined goals and objectives
  • know that in order to get desired results in making projects, it is good to note that all necessary variables should be present.
  • know the rationale behind why other organizations go for outsourcing and its issues
  • identify the advantages and disadvantages of wireless networks and tools in the organization
  • collaborate, interact, buy and sell items over the internet
  • be familiar how business gather and analyze data to improve decision making
  • be acquainted on how organizations use knowledge management to identify, select, organize, and disseminate information to employees
  • understand how enterprise architecture define necessary business and IT changes
  • be aware on how to achieve organizational benefits considering ethics, privacy and security issues
  • use social media responsibly
  • use Google Forms

The laboratory activities undergone gave me learning on…….

  • how to use database access applications
  • how could this serve as an advantage in the organization’s processes

I have learned through blogs….

  • how to create, post, and be creative in making blogs
  • how to become more creative and imaginative in writing manuscripts for the blogs

I have learned also on how to get along with my other classmates especially during group activities. I can remember when we make a business model canvass, I feel really belong with them and they are very much open for everyone’s suggestions and ideas.

Personally, I also learned the value of time management. Being a student and an employee is a hard thing to do since all my work require a lot of focus and dedication. I even sleep in the office just to finish all my tasks assigned to me. And so, I have to manage my time effectively so that I can have also time in doing my school works.

As an employee, this subject really matter in my professional life. Being able to know the basics of Database Access, I can share this to my organization where I work especially for the data collection, storage and for it to be used beneficially to the organization for its management and decision making.

Above all these feedback on IT, I realized that Information Technology really matter. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning until we close it at night. We are now in a techno-world. It should really matter if we don’t want to be left behind. It really matters if you want to compete to the rest of the world. In everything we do, we need technology to make work easy, fast, efficient and effective.

To finally end this blog, I want to quote what Michelle Obama once said, “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar high!”

Social Media Reflections and Pledges

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Time flies so fast that we are now embracing a more technological world. A world where there is a free flow of communication at any part of the world, at any time, and for anyone. Not only that, it changed the way we communicate, more so, presented greater opportunities for businesses to exist, grow, develop, and change to improve work outcome and workflows.

The emergence of social media in a complex world of business makes every endeavor worth fulfilling and simple. But, what is Social Media?  Well, social media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks. There are a lot of social media around like   Facebook (1,712,000,000 users), WhatsApp(1,000,000,000 users), Facebook Messenger (1,000,000,000) users, QQ: 899,000,000 users, and WeChat (806,000,000 users). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media

Social media is said to be a gift of fire- an amazing gift to humanity. It really helps us a lot in everything we do. We can use it for our advantage especially in personal development and professional growth. These include things like:

  1. Allowing you to connect and collaborate with more and more people from all walks of life, than we might normally meet in a  normal work-week. It’s a powerful medium that links you to  other friends and relatives across the globe.
  1. Bring people together with similar interests. This allows people for  an open communication by creating groups with the same  ideas.
  2. Express your own views, opinions and ideas about the happenings   around the world.
  3. Discuss educational topics based on experiences that would  impact readers.
  4. Can do brainstorming sessions or virtual meetings,  manage projects, share best practices, and could immediately deliver information to employees.

Significantly, Social Media is one of the best platforms to learn, relearn and unlearn things that would serve as a key in honing you to grow, become mature and eventually build you to become great.

Through the advancement of technology, people are pressured to adopt different lifestyles. However, they may also make us clumsy and incompetent, as well. Therefore, it is imperative to exercise caution and restraint when dealing with such things. As professional, I can say that these are my personal commitments on the responsible use of social media.

COMMITMENT FORM

I, Revenlie G. Galapin, MMBM I, do swear to live with these statements:

  • I will always adhere to copyright standards and respect intellectual property of others when using any social media platforms.
  • I will not disclose any information especially personal with other people.
  • I will respect my audience, I will use social media as a respectful tool to share information and ideas.
  • I will stick to the rule of thumb that PASSWORD is Personal and not Public.
  • I will create my own private groups and lists.
  • I will not accept or confirm people that I do not know.
  • I will make sure that others cannot tag me or check me without my approval and likely I will tag them with consideration.
  • I will not post my personal feelings on the web especially if I’m in anger, hatred, tired, scolded and among other things.
  • I will reserved personal things personally( food to eat, where to go, etc.)
  • I will never be a source of cyberbullying.
  • I will think not just twice, thrice but many times before I write and click.

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As a professional, I realized the value and importance of it. So, let’s use it with utmost benefits and responsibility.

Software Piracy: A Worldwide Trouble

Every individual aims not only to buy stuffs that are of good quality and affordable but more importantly it should be genuine. However, there is a specific issue that most people had heartaches and headaches in dealing with it. This issue is all about software piracy which most industries suffer. It is an act of using software without paying the appropriate license.

Software piracy has been fought on daily basis by software industries. The major centers of software piracy are in places like Russia and China where salaries and disposable income are comparatively low. If people in developing countries like the Philippines and economically depressed countries cannot afford access to new generations of software, they will fall behind the industrialized world technologically. And so, they would eventually use pirated software. By using it, I think they will be blamed even if it cost two months’ salary to buy legal copy of MS Office.  Having not enough money to purchase it is not an excuse of taking it. Piracy would mean producing copies and renditions of protected intellectual work are illegal, immoral, unacceptable and unethical.

Software companies must combat the problem through different approaches apart from punitive measures like pressuring government to impose sanctions on transgressors. First, they must reinforce IP infringement (violation of a law or a right). The work that developers have crafted should be valued and protected.

Software industry will suffer losses as a result of software piracy which would directly affect the profitability.  Because of the money lost to pirates, publishers have fewer resources to devote to research and development of new products, have less revenue to justify lowering software prices and are forced to pass these costs on to their customers.  Consequently, software publishers, developers, and vendors are taking serious actions to protect their revenues.

Using pirated software is also risky for users.  Aside from the legal consequences of using pirated software, users of pirated software forfeit some practical benefits as well.  Those who use pirate software:

  • Increase the chances that the software will not function correctly or will fail completely;
  • Forfeit access to customer support, upgrades, technical documentation, training, and bug fixes;
  • Have no warranty to protect themselves;
  • Increase their risk of exposure to a debilitating virus that destroy valuable data;
  • May find that the software is actually an outdated version, a beta (test) version, or a non-functioning copy;
  • Are subject to significant fines for copyright infringement; and
  • Risk potential negative publicity and public and private        

The second approach would be the using of a license key. This would be a code that is built into an application to require a valid key to unlock the software. This key can be distributed via packaging or some other online mechanism.

And lastly, make the software sufficiently piracy resistant so that the number of legitimate users is high enough to make the product profitable enough to continue servicing.

Software piracy is a main concern in today’s world. Many techniques are proposed and implemented to stop it but it seems that it is now a worldwide trouble.

Users, be responsible….Don’t be a pirate! 

 

 

 

 

KM: Organization’s Tool for Empowerment

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It has been said that, human resource are the most important assets in the organization. It is because they have all the capabilities to manipulate all other resources. In short, they have knowledge with them. Knowledge is identified as the most critical factor for business success. Thus, knowledge should be managed in order to be of advantage and to drive efficiency and innovation throughout the business and can boost customer satisfaction.

In the book, Information Technology Management, Knowledge management is defined by George W. Reynolds as a practice concerned with increasing awareness, fostering learning, spreading collaboration and innovation, and exchanging insights. KM is considered as one of the essential elements that made organizations survive through the test of time. This includes creating value from an organization’s intellectual assets through codifying what employees, suppliers, business partners, and customer know, and then sharing that information with employees and even with other companies to devise best practices.

This speaks true that Knowledge Management can benefit every organizations in many ways. Stan Garfield listed the following benefits which can be derived from KM:

  • Enabling better and faster decision making

KM enables better and faster decision making by delivering relevant information at the time of need through structure, search, subscription, syndication, and support. Managers and employees can collaborate with each other, they can get involve with diverse opinions and this would be used when decisions need to be made.

  • Making it easy to find relevant information and resources

KM helps in making it easy to find relevant information and resources in the time you need it especially when faced with a need to respond to a customer, solve a problem, analyze trends, assess markets, benchmark against peers, understand competition, create new offerings, plan strategy, and to think critically. This way, tasks can be performed efficiently and effectively.

  • Reusing ideas, documents, and expertise

KM facilitates the reusing of ideas, documents, and expertise in order for the organizations to minimize rework, prevent problems, save time, and accelerate progress.

  • Avoiding redundant effort

KM avoids redundant effort for no one likes to spend time doing something over       again and again. By avoiding duplication of effort, time and money be can saved, can     keep employee morale up, and streamline work and can have more time to discover      something new and different.

  • Taking advantage of existing expertise and experience

KM provides avenue for knowledge sharing by taking advantage of expertise and experiences of the employees. The more complementary the  expertise of the employees, the greater the power of the team. Knowing what others know can be very helpful at a time of need, since you learn from their   experience and apply it to your current requirements.

  • Communicating important information widely and quickly

KM helps address problem like information overload through personalized portals, targeted subscriptions, RSS feeds, tagging, and specialized search engines. This way, information can be communicated widely and quickly.

  • Promoting standard, repeatable processes and procedures

KM promotes a process for creating, storing, communicating, and using standard processes and procedures which will be able employees to use routinely.  If standard processes and procedures have been defined, they should always be followed. This allows employees to learn how things are done, leads to predictable and high-quality results, and enables large organizations to be consistent in how work is performed.

  • Providing methods, tools, templates, techniques, and examples

KM provides methods, tools, templates, techniques, and examples which are the       building blocks supporting repeatable processes and procedures. Using these    consistently streamlines work, improves quality, and ensures compatibility across the        organization.

  • Making scarce expertise widely available

KM can help make that resource available to the entire organization if there is a         resource who is in great demand due to having a skill which is in short supply. This       could be done through community discussion, forums, training events, ask the expert   systems, recorded presentations, white papers, podcasts, and blogs.

  • Showing customers how knowledge is used for their benefit

In competitive situations, it is important to be able to differentiate yourself from       other firms. Demonstrating to potential and current customers that you have widespread    expertise and have ways of bringing it to bear for their benefit can help convince them    to start or continue doing business with you. Conversely, failure to do so could leave you        vulnerable to competitors who can demonstrate their knowledge management      capabilities and benefits.

  • Accelerating delivery to customers

KM can be of help in the speedy execution time to deliver a proposal, product, or     service to a customer. And that translates into increased win rates, add-on business,       and new customers.

  • Enabling the organization to leverage its size

As an organization grows, the increasing size is only a benefit if it can use the knowledge of all of its employees. Through the use of tools such as communities,         expertise locators, and repositories, the full power of a large enterprise can be exploited.

  • Making the organization’s best problem-solving experiences reusable

Consistently applying best practices can significantly improve the results of any           organization. By establishing a process for defining, communicating, and replicating    proven practices, organization can take advantage of what it learns about solving problems.

  • Stimulating innovation and growth

Since most businesses want to increase their revenues, but it becomes      increasingly difficult as industries mature and competition increases. KM helps in          creating new knowledge through effective knowledge sharing, collaboration, and       information delivery which can stimulate innovation and growth.

 

However, Knowledge Management cannot benefit organizations also for the reasons such as dependency on knowledge contributors, creating confusion among managers and employees, and the mishandling of valuable company information. Failure to use company knowledge properly can lead to a great loss of time, resources and even organizational failure. Knowledge management systems are complex and hard to understand for the average worker, and training workers to use knowledge management systems is costly. When employees fail to collect and input data into knowledge management systems properly, the organization cannot take full advantage of the system’s major benefits. Organizing company information by relevancy within knowledge management systems can be a greater challenge. In addition, knowledge management systems must be integrated into the rest of the company’s information systems for it to work well. Such systems require internal updates to function efficiently, and companies often fail to keep up with new technologies that affect knowledge management systems. (https://www.reference.com)

The implementation of Knowledge management in an organization might not be successfully done because of the barriers that surfaced the organizational environment. These could be greediness of someone to impart his or her knowledge for the reason that he feels that he might be outranked by that person. They want to monopolize what they have discovered. They only want to keep it themselves so that they might be easily replaced by others. They may feel insecure and inferior also. This attitude of being selfish can possibly damage the organization and would hinder for its quest for development and growth.

Aside from these, here are some other barriers in the implementation of KM (http://knowledgemanagement.ittoolbox.com):

Technology

An organization can be caught in a technological trap, caused by a long gone decision for special software. Reversing this old decision once the software has been implemented could become impossible, due to financial or reputation reasons or because of a lack of skills.

Content

Collecting content for the knowledge inventory can be hard work, no matter where you are. Transforming implicit knowledge into explicit information is an activity in which special skills and often creativity are needed. Some communication and information processes are very difficult to describe.

Routines and Procedures

Some processes and procedures that are only claimed to exist meetings. Some processes may work in certain cases but not in others or never again which makes them unreliable. Some work carried out without planning may lead to re-inventing the wheel over and over again.

Organizational barriers

A knowledge-sharing culture in an organization that is badly role-modeled by those highest in the organization’s hierarchy can hinder knowledge management.

Personnel barriers

Many of the above issues are connected to individual behavior. Employees may not have any idea or understanding of what knowledge management is all about or and this poses a challenge to the organization. Providing and sharing information can be hindered by a lack of motivation: employees do not receive or do not understand the surplus that comes along with cooperating on knowledge management.

 

Well, as the famous adage goes, “knowledge is power but knowledge sharing is empowerment.” It has been said that every success of an organization is cultivated by empowering others with your knowledge. Managers would be more successful if they share their knowledge freely on a regular basis with their peers, staff or even more broadly. Managers that are transparent communicators and share what they know with their employees can empower people across the organization to make better decisions and work with more clarity towards achieving a common goal. People at all levels of the organization benefit from having as much relevant knowledge as they can possibly obtain in order to do their job well. As such managers should share their knowledge in the right way, at regular intervals and ensure the knowledge is relevant for their audience, are highly effective in leading change. Individuals expand their knowledge when others share their knowledge, and one’s knowledge is combined with the knowledge of other to create new knowledge.

Consider sharing more of your knowledge with others every day. Great things will happen when knowledge is shared and more and more people are empowered!

Thus, knowledge shared is power!

BI Tools: Creating Edge

In today’s technological world, information and knowledge are considered the most valuable assets of an organization. These have been used as a tool to gain competitive advantage when making important and sound decisions.  Organizations usually rely to these so that they could boost their ability to analyze the current consumer buying trends, to improve control over various important processes in the organization, to identify key trends and patterns in a certain organizations and consequently make it easier for managers to make important connections between different areas of business that may otherwise unrelated and to improve  efficiency within an organization and, as a result make the overall performance improve and would make the business grow. Thus, this paved the way to employ Business Intelligence.

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Business Intelligence or BI according to G. Reynolds is a wide range of applications, practices, and technologies for the extraction, translation, integration, analysis, and presentation of data to support improved decision making. This has been used to make predictions about future conditions and then make adjustments in staffing, purchasing, financing and other operational areas to better meet forecasted needs.

Moreover, to operate data stored in a data warehouse or data mart, there are various BI tools that turn this to a valuable and meaningful one. As such, these strategies would be of help for an effective use of BI tools.

  • Enable self- service access to BI tools- By proper communication among employees the effectiveness of BI tools, they would be able to know how to analyze and collaborate on critical information in order to make best possible decisions.
  • Provide awareness. Being aware about BI tools is a great way for the better understanding of the many benefits and the value of it for the organization.
  • Know what is expected. From the start, employees must be aware of what is expected from them. These BI tools would serve as their weapon in order to hit what is expected from them.
  • Encourage development and training. It is essential to provide continuous training to employees so that they will become more develop and to grow more through the opportunities set during the training. In this way, they also have to innovate and convert valuable data into usable information.
  • Develop shared culture where people value information. Employees should have a culture that values information and working for the common goal of the organization and learning together to be able to leverage the expertise of the fellow workers.
  • Improve customer satisfaction. Through the use of BI tools, specific key performance indicators may be set to determine the performance of every employee in an organization. For example, if a restaurant decides that delivering food in a timelier manner will improve customer satisfaction, the restaurant manager can set delivery time as a KPI in its BI tool, and monitor each delivery driver’s performance, thus encouraging improved delivery times.
  • Generate reports. The BI tools give the organizations the opportunity to reduce the amount of time in developing reports. This could eliminate inaccurate records.
  • Plan for the future. With the system of storing relevant information, managers could eventually predict the status of the business, to know if it can meet it current goals as well as to identify ways on how to improve performance.

 

Since BI tools can give great results by improving processes and performances within organizations, it would be appropriate to have a rewards program. It is necessary to give due recognition to those employees who have shared and contributed much effort for the effective use of business intelligence. A specific reward- based system will be put in place so that they will become more motivated to do in an organization. In this way, employees will become more inspired, enthusiastic and willing to do more what is expected from them and to achieve what the organization’s purpose.

However, employees should not be punished by not using BI tools since this would only push them away from really wanting to learn and employ technologies and to know how these could be an advantage to the organization. This could lead to poor performance of some employees because they may feel that they are being forced to do so. Instead, proper training will be given to them so that they may know the real essence of using it.

More importantly, job performance that exceeds beyond limits should be well compensated. This may include increase in payment for employees especially if they reach or exceed their targets. This may also be given to those employees who deserve and put much effort in getting jobs done. This would give encouragement for them to work hard and to produce more outputs in the organization.

Overall, BI play a key role in the planning, execution and management processes, so businesses work smarter to achieve a competitive advantage. Simply, BI tools build organizations, attain goals!

Let’s Go Shopping!

 

 

 

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Consumption takes a very large part in ones human life. Everyday people have to eat, get dressed, ride in transportation, and would buy anything they need and want in order to be satisfied. Through the run of time, they way they acquire goods and services have changed.

Today, shopping is one of the favorite things to do especially through online among people in the society. Online shopping is a process of buying goods and services over the Internet. By just a click of a mouse, a consumer can be allowed to buy variety of products and services like clothing appliances, books, tickets and even groceries. Also, there are different online sites sprouting over the Internet like Lazada, Amazon, MetroDeals and Shoppee to cater all that you want depending on the line of product to purchase. It has provided convenience to consumers in so many ways.

Online shopping allows consumers the freedom of price flexibility and choice making them to feel easier to choose the product they want. Another advantage of it is that it saves time since consumers need not get to shopping centers. There is a lot of range of variety of products to compare and would allow consumer to save money. It is also open round the clock of 24/7, seven days a week and 365 days allowing you to shop at your own pace. It is considered as a convenient method to find these things which are hard to find. Long lines to fall will not be endured anymore since online stores are designed with unique ordering features to purchase the item. For anyone, at anytime, and anywhere, products are accessible- allowing consumers to shop from any multiple sellers. There are also bundles of options for payment such as credit card, debit card or cash on delivery.

Despite the success of purchasing through online shopping stores, there are still disadvantages that most people usually complain. Consumers could not obtain the product immediately. They have to wait for several days, depending on the location, until the time that ordered products arrives. The delivery may take 5-7 days to be delivered. Pictures may differ from the actual product. Making replacement/ refund/ return gets a ton of pain. This would be a big challenge since this would entail too much time to wait. Online stores may sell fake products. Payment security aspect has to be severely taken care of. There are number of scams and fraud cases which have very attractive promotions but could possibly loot you to get important details on your personal and financial information.

If I will be given the chance to purchase online, there would be three products that I would have no hesitation buying over the Internet. These could be books, games and plane tickets. For example, in plane tickets, you need not to worry since it’s reliable and it stays in the system and it sends confirmation to you. I do believe that these kind of products are hard to counterfeit.

However, the three products I might want to think about before buying are clothes, bags, and shoes. This has to be thinking of because it might that the products will not suit your wants since all brand fit differently. It could be damaged and it would be hassle to replace or return them in store.

Lastly, the three products I would never consider buying over the Internet are house, cars and prescription drugs. It is better to see personally these products before investing since this is such an experience investment. You may get no clue on what are you truly getting.

Today, Online Shopping has gained much popularity. This service is very convenient and is widely available that made consumers today to have more choices. Thus, as a consumer you must be very careful so you can be sure of that you are making wise, well- informed purchasing decisions that substantially meet your needs and that will eventually give you the best comfort and pleasure.

It can be seen clearly that there are so many things you can buy online. As a buyer, you need to understand that there are risks involved in that you need to cautiously evaluate the terms and policies of the stores you will be buying items from. Therefore, you need to be prudent in choosing the right and the best online store for you.

 

Going Wireless! Going Powered!

itchannel_wlan_0715_01One of the indicators of development, breakthrough, and change in today’s technology- driven society is the existence of wireless network technologies. These have improved communication processes within an organization for an increased speed and security. This has been an important trend of the twenty-first century.

Nowadays, wireless connectivity is now considered as the fourth utility.  Anywhere you may go – school, hospitals, restaurants, and businesses are WiFi connected. In fact, many would tell friends that they can’t live without it. Indeed, making it one of their basic needs.

Many benefits can be derived in a wireless network especially in business.  This has become a powerful tool for boosting productivity and information- sharing in an organization to fast track daily activities resulting to an enhanced and outcomes- based performance among employees. It has been used to keep in touch with employees, customer, and even business partners to access important corporate data and to interact over the Internet and web.

Convenience

At anytime and anywhere, employees in an organization access network resources as long as it is within a wireless network’s coverage area or from any WiFi hotspot.

Mobility

Employees will no longer tie on their respective area for a whole day, whole week or even the whole time when they work. Managers and his subordinates can go online in conference room meetings.

Productivity

Being accessible to the Internet and to the company’s key applications and resources could help employees to get the work done as a right thing at a right time. This would encourage collaboration among employees.

Easy set-up

Being wireless would mean no string cables to be attached in the different technologies, thus, making installation quick and cost effective.

Security

Wireless network advancement within an organization could provide robust security protections from hackers and other security violators especially through the data transmission.

Cost

Wireless would mean an elimination or reduction of wiring costs during installation in the organization.

Staying abreast of the rapidly changing developments in wireless technology is difficult. And so, it is best to keep advantage of these opportunities to be competitive and to achieve organization’s overall goals.

For example, in an organization could employ web conferencing among its employees through the conduct of meeting or presentations.  Every employee must have a downloaded application on his or her computer to be able to join on this activity. This way also, they could share applications and documents among each other. A strong collaboration and mobility will be observed since they can roam around without losing any connection and can make them work together effectively.

However, security issues have been one of the great problems in organization might face. And so, these steps would be of help in order to protect wireless networks and for its desirable use:

     1. Make Wireless Network Invisible

                       Members of an organization are the only persons to know that there is a wireless network. To do such, you may check the access point’s manual for instructions on how to disable identifier broadcasting.

                   2. Rename your wireless network

                     Wireless network has default names used by various manufacturers and is widely known  in which could be used to gain unauthorized access to network. It is necessary to change it. In renaming your wireless network, it is advisable to choose a name that won’t be  easily guessed by others.

                                3. Encrypt your network traffic

                                         There should be traffic between the device and computers encrypted in order  to convert a code that can only be understood by computers with the correct                                              key to that specific code.

                                              4. Change your administrator password

                                                   The administrator’s password should be changed from default one to another that is long, contains non-alphanumeric character, and does                                                          not contain personal information.

                                  5. Use files sharing with caution

                                           Select only necessary files that you would want to share. Be sure that there  are passwords in accessing these files.

                6. Keep your access point software patched and up to date

                        It is advisable to check regularly the manufacturer’s site to keep informed of any updates or  patches for device’s software.

7. Check your Internet Provider’s Wireless Security Options

                   Customer support area of the provider’s web site should be checked and the provider’s customer support group should be contacted for the information on securing wireless network.

Above all these, wireless network technologies is one of the best strategies every organization to consider.  As a manager, you must be able to grab and deal with opportunities brought about by this in order to have competitive advantage in various aspects of an organization. You must understand that, “going wireless means going powered.”

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