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How can information technologies best be managed to optimize the quality of the workforce?

Date : 2006-02-07
How can information technologies best be managed to optimize the quality of the workforce?

Through standardization, localization and integration, information technologies can be optimized to provide a quality technical solution for today’s high-tech workforce. The truth of this can best be seen in projects such as Linux where programmers, technicians and hobbyists the world over have joined to create a free operating system that is swiftly becoming a serious contender with the Microsoft juggernaut.

It has been seen time and again through projects such as Linux that without standards there is a great deal of branching and fragmentation that can cause confusion when trying to adopt these technologies in the workplace. When the project finally gains a direction that brings standards into the picture we find that true productivity is following not far after. Having standards allows the entire work force to be on the ‘same page’ when it comes to a given project, and further allows for common goals thus speeding up development.

Localization further enhances a productive outcome by bringing these technologies to a user base with an increasingly diverse linguistic background. Imagine applications that can be programmed in one language and then executed across a broad array of language platforms without any code changes. Such is the way development occurs today allowing the views of those from other countries and backgrounds to be integrated into the workforce and strengthening production.

Finally integration completes the picture by bringing together all of these technologies in such a way as to allow the work force to spend more time solving the issues of the project at hand rather than trying to muddle through interface inconsistencies. Integration allows for easy navigation of a given platform, shorter software testing phases, and an overall professional look that goes a long way to indicate how qualified the work force involved with a given project actually is.

In conclusion, the three points stated above are integral to one another. Standards are required for a company to build its direction and move forward with it. Localization is necessary to allow that direction to be taken regardless of location implemented. Integration wraps everything up and displays it in such a way that business professionals feel at ease in the direction their work force is moving.

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