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What trainings and IT do I need to manage a business?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by VTAGabriels, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Currently I feel it is a waste of time to consult the economists, statisticians and accountants, except my bankers who could lend my business money, since there is sufficient accounting software around that does most things for you.
    As an entrepreneur who has to daily oversees the operations of the business, what trainings, what computers and what kind of software do I need in order to manage the business properly and efficiently?
     
  2. Contact your local Business Link - they have specialist advisors there who can advise you more appropriately
     
  3. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    and surely as a teacher with between 20 and 30 years experience you should know we can't help you as we wouldn't have the knowledge. and that in the context of the title training should not be plural?

     
  4. A quick course in double-entry book-keeping might be a good idea, you can hand off the rest of the accountancy to an accountant.
    No-one will be able to advise you about what kind of hardware or software you'll need to run your particular business without rather more detail. It sounds like your job is to get someone in to advise you, and probably set up, whatever systems you need. To that end, you will need to have some understanding of computer systems in general so that you have enough of a common language to be able to communicate efficiently with whoever you work with to set up your IT systems.
    So, here's the question: what course is (or should be) best suited to provide someone with the above knowledge? What course should a middle manager / CEO / entrepreneur / etc take so that they have some understanding of what they are asking IT specialists to do? I'd guess AS level ICT anyone else any other ideas?
     
  5. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    dhicks, if an middle manager / ceo / etc were to ask a specialist to do something, they would expect the specialist to make them understand whether this was possible or not, in much the same way they would expect their acountant, their lawyer, their marketing professional, etc ad nauseum, to provide the information, and NOT go on a course to make sure they have half a clue about what these people are supposed to do. If these people fail to provide the answers adequately, their services are not retained. This is why they're middle managers / ceo / etc, they might not know the answer to a question they have, 'but they know a man who can' (to quote the advert).
    The OP claims he is a teacher of between 20 and 30 years experience. I hope he doesn't teach any of my kids as his grammar is shocking. He should therefore also know that we wouldn't know the answers in much the same way that your physics teacher would not the best safety procedure to initiate in a core meltdown of Sizewell B.
     
  6. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter


    I can only talk about the Edexcel exam which is an Applied ICT AS and looks at the effect that new technology has on life today, and the workings of transactional websites - not alot here to help run a business.

    As for the language point - you might be right. By stating he's been a teacher for 20 - 30 years I'm making the school boy error of assuming that all the time has been spent here in the UK ~ however if he has, point stands!
     

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