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The Role of ICT

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What the future held?
"I think there's a world market for maybe five computers."
(Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM, in 1940)

"I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and
talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data
processing is a fad that…

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Computers and Employment
People have always feared that new
technology would mean job losses:
Has this been true with ICT?
­ Evidence suggests that more jobs have been
created
­ Jobs have been lost through the introduction of:
· Robots to the factory floor
· Administrative databases
· Desktop publishing…

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Changing Nature of Employment
Growth of knowledge and information work
Service-based operations using ICT, e.g.
­ Catering
­ Computer software
­ Advertising
­ Delivery services
Computers perform many tedious tasks
­ ATMS
­ Printing industry
­ Telecommunications
New jobs evolved using ICT

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What is Information and
Communications Technology?
ICT means using a computer to:
Input data
Store the data
Process the data
Output information
Communicate information

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Personal qualities for ICT
professionals
Communication skills (oral and written)
Patience, understanding, approachability
Analytical skills
Ability to take the initiative
Management skills
Design skills
Problem-solving abilities

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