The Importance of Computers in Business

by Pallab Dutta; Updated September 26, 2017
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The advent of computers has revolutionized the workplace and redefined operational practices. The use and deployment of computers, computer systems and information technology (IT) applications in every aspect of business is now commonplace. The recent application and adoption of Web-based, information and telecommunication technologies has force-multiplied the capabilities and benefits of computers. The importance of computers in business cannot be overstated.

Collaboration

Businesses are using Internet communication technologies, networking and relevant software to enable workers and professionals to collaborate and work across locations and geographical boundaries and streamline work-flow management.

Communication Capabilities

Computer systems connected over a Web-based environment or an intranet-based network can communicate with each other. Varied connectivity and access technologies with computing interfaces facilitate communication of employees with business partners, suppliers, customers, government regulators and other stakeholders.

Centralization

Deployment of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions, Management Information Systems (MIS), other information management and business intelligence technologies help businesses to centralize core business activities and operations, manage gigabytes of generated information and aid decision-making processes.

Productivity

Software, productivity tools and networking applications installed in computers, laptops and workstations enable employees in a business to streamline their work-flows, execute assigned tasks faster and aim to achieve organizational goals and targets.

Bottom-line Impact

All businesses investing in computers and IT systems look to leverage the Return on Investment (ROI) parameter. Long-term planning and allocation of resources for IT are helping organizations to take up ambitious business expansion activities, channelize workforce productivity, adjust strategic goals and thereby positively impact the bottom line.

About the Author

Based out of the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Pallab Dutta has written on business, technology and management issues since 1994. He has freelanced for “The Wall Street Journal," “The Economic Times” and “The Times of India." Dutta holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Bombay University and a Diploma in modern information systems from IIT Bombay.

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