An Information Systems Manager 

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An Information Systems Manager


An information systems manager is responsible for the computer systems within a company.

They oversee installation; ensure back up systems operate effectively; purchase hardware and software; provide the ICT technology infrastructures for an organization; contribute to organizational policy regarding quality standards and strategic planning.

Information systems managers work in every size of organization in the industry and the service sector, usually with a staff of technicians, programmers and database administrators reporting to them. You'll need experience in the sector, in areas like technical support or operations, before becoming a manager.

Information systems managers are responsible for the implementation of technology within an organization and direct the work of systems and business analysts, developers, support specialists and other computer-related workers.

The post holder will usually be an experienced worker with technical expertise coupled with an understanding of business and management principles. Duties might require an understanding of the capabilities and constraints of technology and resource implications in terms of budgets, as well as the training and recruitment of specialist staff.

Although the title of information systems manager is becoming more common in the ICT sector, job titles may vary. For example, you might be a: service delivery manager; functional manager; systems manager.

A Database Administrator (DBA)

A database administrator (DBA) is responsible for the performance, integrity and security of a database. They will also be involved in the planning and development of the database as well as troubleshooting any issues on behalf of the users. A DBA makes sure that databases have the following qualities: data remains consistent across the database; data is clearly defined; users access data concurrently, in a form that suits their needs; there is provision for data security and recovery control (all data is retrievable in an emergency).

DBA roles vary depending on the type of database, the processes they administer and the capabilities of the DBMS in use.

Web Designers

Web designers plan, create and code web pages, using both non-technical and technical skills to produce websites that fit the customer's requirements. They are involved in the technical and graphical aspects of pages, producing not just the look of the website but determining how it works as well. Web designers might also be responsible for the maintenance of an existing site.

The term web developer is sometimes used interchangeably with web designer, but this can be confusing. Web developing is a more specialist role, focusing on the back-end development of a website and will incorporate, among other things, the creation of highly complex search functions.

The recent growth in touchscreen phones and tablet devices has dictated a new way of designing websites, with the web designer needing to ensure that web pages are responsive no matter the type of device a viewer is using. Therefore the need to test websites at different stages of design on a variety of different devices has become an important aspect of the job.

Applications Developers

Applications developers translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs for use in business. Most will specialize in a specific development field – such as mobile phone applications, accounting software, office suites or graphics software – and will have in-depth knowledge of at least one computer language.

The work of an applications developer differs with a systems developer in that systems software allows a computer to actually run. Users interface with the applications software, which is served by the systems software. Applications, or 'apps', can be written for a particular system, such as Windows or Android, or across numerous platforms, including computers and mobile devices.

Job titles and specific duties may vary between organizations but the role usually involves writing specifications and designing, building, testing, implementing and sometimes supporting applications using programming languages and development tools. Applications developers work in a wide range of business sectors, including finance and the public sector. They often work as part of a team with other IT professionals, such as software engineers and systems analysts, and write programs according to their specifications.

Text E: Economics. My Speciality

Read the following international words and give Russian equivalents.

economy, economics, economist, economize, auditing, auditor, company, firm department, qualified, specialist, organization, finance, statistics, budget, identify, function, future, cash, analysis, tax, financial, minimize, efficiently, ministry, management, marketing, banking, money, manager, association, business, calculation, operate, operator

20. Look through the articles and prepare an essay on your future profession. It should include the following items:

- The tasks the economists deal with

- The way to become a qualified professional

- The most common career path for an economist


An economist is one of the most popular occupations on the labor market. Economists are working in all areas of the economy. The task of an economist is to use the new economic activity efficiently.

Business, organization, firm or company cannot operate without economists, accountants, managers, financiers, auditors. Economists are required wherever it is necessary to plan, calculate and control the company business activity, cash flows, income and expenditure of funds, to analyze the results of the enterprise, to determine its profitability.

I study at the Faculty of Engineering and Economics of the BSUIR. It trains highly qualified specialists with deep knowledge in economics, organization and management of production, accountancy, the analysis of economic activity, etc., combined with the skills of professional IT specialists. We study general and special subjects, including accounting, statistics, management, marketing, information technology in marketing, finance, budget, engineering computer graphics, internet marketing and e-commerce, macroeconomics, microeconomics, fundamentals of economics, mathematical methods and models making marketing decisions, basics of algorithms and programming, theory of probability and mathematical statistics, etc.

Accountingis the process of identifying, collecting, measuring and reporting information on business activity.

Financeis the function in a business that is responsible for acquiring funds for a firm and managing funds within a firm (for example, preparing budgets, doing cash flow analyses) and planning for the expenditures of funds on such assets as plant, equipment and machinery. Most organisations have a manager in charge of financial operations. His duties are: planning, budgeting, obtaining funds, controlling funds (funds management), collecting funds (credit management), auditing, managing taxes and advising top management on financial matters. The graduates of the economic department will work at different accounting offices, departments, banks, ministries, etc.

What Do Marketers Do?

“The Role of a Marketer is to understand consumer behaviour and recognise market opportunities so that the organisation can adapt and stay competitive”. Marketers make up part of the management team in an organisation and each individual marketing job is unique to each company and its structure. Marketing is a constantly changing environment and is “putting the right product in the right place, at the right price, at the right time”.

Marketer’s primary focus is the marketing strategy. “This is a process of model to allow a company or organisation to focus limited resources on the best opportunities to increase sales of products or services and thereby achieve a sustainable competitive advantage”. Or, in other words, it is to use the technology of the ‘Marketing Mix’, a marketing tool made up of the four P’s: Product, Price, Place and Promotion. To be effective each of these critical elements require considerable amount of strategy, planning and research.

There are two types of marketing professionals. The first type spends most of their time doing things to promote and sell their company’s brand. They may commission designers and advertising and media agencies, make brochures, web pages and other promotional material or organise promotion events. They also use marketing science to research consumer behaviour by, for example, collating and reporting on figures from sales and market research.

The other type of marketing professional makes informed marketing decisions and budget allocations. They design marketplace experiments and market research, analyse data and will constantly learn which marketing strategies work better than others in which situations.

Marketers confront various challenges in both local and international markets. Challenges for marketers include economic forces, technological forces and communication barriers.

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