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L12 - F IT 1 0 0 3 IT in O r g a n is a tio n s W eek 12...

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1 www.infotech.monash.edu.au FIT1003 IT in Organisations Week 12 Professional Issues www.infotech.monash.edu.au 2 Objectives Appreciate the impact that current trends will have on IT professional activities and responsibilities; Describe the different job roles of IT professionals; Describe the key attributes an IT professional must have to be successful; Understand the need for and role of professional IT bodies; Describe the ethical responsibilities of IT professionals; Explain strategies that organisations can use in pursuit of an ethical corporate culture; Evaluate ethical problems that an IT professional may typically encounter. www.infotech.monash.edu.au 3 Where we are in the unit … Professional Issues Organisations IT, IS Information Organisations using IT and IS Communication in organisations Risks and liabilities of IT and IS The IT Profession
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2 www.infotech.monash.edu.au IT in Organisations Week 12 12.1 The IT Industry www.infotech.monash.edu.au 5 Where the industry has been Y2K Bug DOT COM Crash 2000 Indian IT Boom E-Business www.infotech.monash.edu.au 6 Where the IT Industry is going • Information technology commodities • Driven by consumer preferences • Vast, rapidly growing data sets • Virtual computers and distributed processing • Software as a service • Software everywhere • Collaborative development
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3 www.infotech.monash.edu.au IT in Organisations Week 12 12.2 The IT Profession www.monash.edu.au 8 What is a profession anyway? Fullinwider (1996: 73) sees three defining characteristics of a profession: ‘performance for public good’ ‘special knowledge and training’ others who are dependent/vulnerable http://www.rics.org/NR/rdonlyres/4971 CDC9-E947-47E5-B881- 421639AA8C1D/0/Professionals.png www.monash.edu.au 9 What is a profession anyway? Well-established professions include: Doctors Lawyers By comparison, many IT-related professions (e.g. information architects) are still in their infancy
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4 www.infotech.monash.edu.au 10 Professional Organisations for IT www.infotech.monash.edu.au 11 Purpose of Professional Organisations Promoting the development of IT Advancing research into IT Developing policies and ethical standards of IT use Maintaining technical standards throughout IT and communications Building communities of IT specialists worldwide Developing community understanding and appreciation of IT www.infotech.monash.edu.au 12 ACS Code of Ethics: Values & Ideals 1. Priorities I must place the interests of the community above those of personal or sectional interests. 2. Competency I must work competently and diligently for my clients and employers. 3. Honesty I must be honest in my representation of skills, knowledge, services and products.
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