Page 1: Introduction
An independent research organisation recently examined the work practices of 1,501 companies in six countries. They found that disorganised work practices within these business organisations wasted time equivalent to an average of 98 working days each year for every person employed. In terms of employee productivity, the UK came out the worst. On average, people were working effectively for only 48of the time. Poor organisation was largely responsible. Prominent within this poor organisation were inadequate systems for managing information and communication.
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) help modern organisations to be better organised and to meet their objectives more effectively. Good ICT solutions enable an organisation to:
- handle much larger quantities of information and other resources
- achieve much higher accuracy levels (make very few mistakes)
- reduce the costs of all their processes
- improve the services offered to internal and external customers.
This case study illustrates ways in which organisations like schools and businesses can become more efficient by integrating their ICT effort. This may well require them to call on the services of an integrated ICT provider who can help such organisations to control costs and to reap the benefits of utilising IT systems and multi-functional devices in an integrated way.
Schools can benefit directly by using modern Information Management Systems that save and release staff time. Society also stands to gain; students who become familiar with good Information Management practice whilst at school are better equipped to be become effective members of the workforce of the future.