What are the Uses ofComputers in BUSINESS? Report in Computer 1
In business. . . Computers are used for all aspects of runninga business. Computer use in a business enhancesproductivity and provides results that might nototherwise be possible. Businesses use computersto keep records, develop budgets and forecasts,prepare marketing documents, research and stayin contact with other employees and customers.Businesses should look at their operation andensure that they are using their computers to thefullest extent.
The first computers used by businesses wereroom-filling behemoths that were so expensive,they could only be afforded by the largest andrichest companies. Today, even the smallestcompany has a computer perched on almostevery desk, and each one of those computers hasmany times the processing power of those old,early dinosaurs. Computers today have becomevitally important to every segment of businessoperations.
Keep records Computer programs such as QuickBooks andother accounting programs allow businesses tokeep detailed records. These programs trackaccounts payable, accounts receivable and sales.They also provide an easy and quick way for abusiness to send out invoices to customers andhandle payroll functions. Back office productivityand accuracy can increase greatly when using anaccounting program.
Budgeting and Forecasting Computers can be used to prepare detailedbudgets and corporate forecasts. Inexpensiveaccounting programs allow even people withlimited computer knowledge to develop detailedbudgets that will help keep the company ontrack. They can also be used to forecast futuresales and business expansions. Spreadsheetprograms such as Excel can also be used forbudgeting and forecasting.
Prepare Marketing Documents There are a wide variety of programs thatallow businesses to easily prepare dynamicmarketing documents. Adobe Photoshopprovides many templates that users canmanipulate to produce eye-catching custommarketing materials. These programs make iteasy for people who do not have a creativebackground to prepare professional-lookingdocuments quickly and painlessly.
Research The Internet offers a tremendous amount ofinformation that a business can use to maintainan edge. Businesses can use the Internet toresearch its competitors products and prices bystudying their websites. They can also get aglimpse into how customers view their ownproducts by reading customer reviews on sitessuch as Amazon. When launching a new producta company can perform market research usingonline questionnaires and surveys.
Communication One of the biggest benefits of the computer inthe workplace is the enhanced communication theyprovide. Coworkers can easily communicate witheach other through email. Customer servicedepartments can use email and instant messagingservices to communicate effectively with customers.Web conferencing provides a cheap alternative tomeetings for companies. Instead of travelling to ameeting attendees can join a meeting from theiroffice. Businesses can also use email and websites toadvertise their products and services.
Tip Updating computers regularly is vital to abusiness. Outdated computers can cause seriousproblems, crash often and reduce workerproductivity. As technology evolves, thecomputing power needed to run-cutting edgecomputer programs increases. These newprograms will often run poorly on out-of-datecomputers. As a result, in the long run the mostcost-effective strategy is to keep your businesscomputers current.
Order Tracking Far from simply sticking a copy of the orderform into a file drawer, computerized ordertracking today involves following the orderthrough every step from receiving it from thecustomer to delivering the goods or services tothe customers door. This allows not only forunprecedented monitoring and control of theentire process, but also the gathering of usefulanalytical data at every step.
Shop Floor Whether a company is engaged in manufacturingor just distribution, many of the activities of a typicalshop floor have been enhanced--and in some cases,totally automated--by computers. Manufacturingassembly is often done by computerized roboticmachinery. Packing, weighing and labeling of goodsfor shipping is often an automated affair, as is thecreation of all necessary shipping documents.Computers can even indicate how each individualtruck trailer should be loaded to allow the mostefficient unloading at the various stops on thedelivery route.
Sources of our Information. . .• Scott, Eric. Different Uses of Computers in Business. Retrieved July 2, 2012 from World Wide Web: http://www.ehow.com/about_5278106_differen t-uses-computers-business.html.• Dunbar, Alan. Role of Computers in Modern Business. Retrieved July 2, 2012 from World Wide Web: http://www.ehow.com/about_6593513_role- computers-modern-business.html
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