Article By: Amarender Antham
In this day and age, information technology is all pervasive. It’s everywhere you go, influencing, shaping and guiding your life from the time you wake up, to the time you rest peacefully in your bed at night. What’s more, you cannot ignore the fact that it has played a more than significant role in shaping our present, and I’d be more than willing to bet cold hard cash that it will play a big part in shaping our future as well. Moreover, information technology and services directly impact our lives as well, and have made all the difference, and could well continue to do so for the perceivable future.
So, what is information technology and services?
Well, if this is a question you are currently faced with, then I can and must presume that you have been holed up in a cave, much like some ISIS operatives have been for many a year. But fret no more, this piece endeavors to set your mind at ease and will reveal all. So, do grab a cuppa and settle down. Before we get into information technology services, let’s briefly describe what information technology is. In layman’s terms, information technology is the employment of computers, hardware, software, as well as the internet and its services towards the storing, retrieving, transmitting, and manipulation of data, or information in the context of a business or enterprise. Now that we’ve understood this, we can go ahead and loosely provide you with the information technology services definition, which is – any service which primarily or significantly makes use of information technology to serve or help person, persons, companies or enterprises towards their objectives or goals. As regards the commercial use of information technology, the Information Technology Association of America defines information technology as “the study, design, development, application, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems”.
List of information technology services
From this wide definition, you can be forgiven for allowing your imagination to run wild as to the expansive employment of information technology and services, and for the most part you would be right. To help you along your way, we’ve compiled a concise list of information technology services which include, network administration, the development of software and installation, as well as the the planning and management of an organization’s technology life cycle, the management and analysis of information, and indeed so much more. In many ways, information technology and services provides organizations and businesses with the information and data they need at the right place and at the right time, helping them make significant decisions that could help them prosper. In addition, information technology and services also simplifies operations and processes by automating several activities that require little, or at best no human intervention. Besides this, information technology also helps preserve and categorize data, while also providing an extensive range of productivity tools which streamline and simplify complex processes. What’s more, it also helps businesses connect with their various stakeholders and customers, helping them reach out to previously unattainable markets, everywhere and practically anywhere on the planet.
Information technology and services industry
You only need to take a gander at the world around you to see the true impact of information technology services on our lives and the varied industries or occupations we are engaged in. Besides, you’d be hard pressed to find an organisation or occupation which does not gainfully employ information technology or its myriad offerings, applications as well as its solutions and services to good effect. In fact, why don’t you take some time off to imagine your life without information technology or it’s services. I’m sure it will be quite a fascinating and eye-opening experience for sure! Today, there are many industries that information technology encompasses, these include healthcare, hardware, software, electronics, internet, e-commerce, computer services, telephone equipment, semiconductors and engineering. In itself, it may not seem like much, but when you take a step back, you will notice that these industries and their auxiliary industries, touch our lives in a wide variety of ways, and therefore pretty much run our world in the modern age.
Information technology and services companies
Now, this must not particularly surprise you, but the list of the top information and technology services companies reads like the who’s who of the most sought after and revered organizations in the world, and this includes amongst several others, CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HP, (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Accenture, Microsoft Corporation and IBM (International Business Machines). Many of these companies have set up offices on our fair shows in India as well, offering several viable and exciting opportunities. As such, the information technology and services industry has spread its wings far and wide, and has now encompassed a whole host of locations and cities across the world, prime amongst which are, the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, California, Seattle, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Austin, Denver, Houston, Boston and our very own Bangalore. The last of which gave rise to the phenomenon or indeed the buzz word of ‘’Bangalored’’, or ‘’being Bangalored’’. While the bulk of the information technology and services companies are primarily located in the southern cities of Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai, many of the other cities in the country, including Mumbai and Delhi are striving to catch up. What’s more, the information technology services industry is a major contributor to the country’s GDP, accounting for as much as 7.5% in the year 2012, up from about 1.2% in the year 1998. Furthermore, NASSCOM says the sector aggregated revenues of a whopping US$147 billion in 2015. In addition, the information technology and services sector directly provides employment to about 2.8 million people in India, and indirectly provides employment to many more millions, making it a very significant sector in the country. Besides this, you are bound to find many information technology and services companies, particularly start-ups, up and down the land offering many startling and necessary solutions, and providing life changing and much needed experiences. As must be apparent to you at this juncture, the information technology and services industry has really taken off, and you’d do well to land a position at any one of the aforementioned places. As a fresher, it will give you the leg up and boost you certainly need right at the start, and can set your career on the path to greatness. For starters, simply look up some of the many recruitment sites such as timesjobs.com or monster.com. These websites abound in a variety of requirements for jobs in this particular sector and you are bound to come across plenty of opportunities that best suit your needs in several of the top information technology services companies, across the land, and sometimes, even abroad, if indeed that’s what you are after. So, the next time you whip out your top of the range mobile phone to book a cab, or the next time you buy something online on one of the many e-commerce sites, or the next time you gather some startling information that could give you a big advantage at work, or find an app that could make your child’s learning easier, or even the next time you choose the best route to circumvent traffic on your laptop, you have information technology services, and the kind people that work in this industry to thank. For none of this, and so much more would be possible without this sector.