sexta-feira, 4 de maio de 2018

OPERATING SYSTEMS: HIDDEN SOFTWARE

Hi, IT folks, welcome to my blog! 
I´d like you feel free to read and contribute ideas here! 
Not only by writing your opinion about the text, but also by talking to your colleagues by replying to their comments.  Let´s build our knowledge together and have fun!

Read the text below, answer the questions and discuss with friends:

a. What difference is there between applications software and operating systems?
b. Why is the supervisor program the most important operating system program?
c. What is the difference between resident and non-resident programs?
d. What are the main functions of an operating system?

OPERATING SYSTEMS: HIDDEN SOFTWARE

When a brand new computer  comes off the factory assembly line, it can do nothing. The hardware needs software to make id work. Are we talking about applications software such as word processing or spreadsheet software? Partly. But an applications software package does not communicate directly with the hardware. Between the applications software and the hardware is a software interface - an operating system. An operating system is a set of programs that lies between applications software and the computer hardware. 

The most important program in the operating system, the program that manages the operating system, is the supervisor program, most of which remains in memory and is thus referred to as resident. The supervisor controls the entire operating system and loads into memory other operating system programs (called nonresident) from disk storage only as needed.


An operating system has three main functions: 
1. manage the computer´s resources, such as the central processing unit, memory, disk drives, and printers;
2. establish a user interface;
3. execute and provide services for applications software. 

Keep in mind, however, that much of the work of an operating system is hidden from the user. In particular, the first listed function, managing the computer´s resources, is taken care of without the user being aware of the details.

Furthermore, all input and output operations, although invoked by an applications program, are actually carried out by the operating system.

Source: Oxford English for Information Technology
Eric H. Glendinning & John McEwan

segunda-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2017

MARKETING AND ADVERTISING

Hello, folks!



Our post today is about our classes related to MARKETING AND ADVERTISING.

Resultado de imagem para marketing and advertising

Let´s use our creativity then! Imagine that you have capital to invest in your own business. Try to write a brief marketing plan for your new company including itens like the following ones:


1. Company name:
2. Product /service name:
3. Target market:
4. Business strategy:
5. Price of the product/service:
6. Types of advertising:


quarta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2017

WHY DO YOU WORK?

Hello, folks! Nice to see you again on our blog!

This post is about the topic we discussed on 23rd October, when we read and did exercises about  Management Theories. According to the texts, we compared ideas from Taylor and Fayol related to the different kinds of motivation workers have to do their jobs. 
And about you? Why do you work? What motivates you? What makes you do your best at work? Read the list of elements and use them if you need to describe your profile:

MOTIVATION TO WORK

A. MONEY
B. HELPING PEOPLE
C. RESPONSIBILITY
D. THE NATURE OF THE WORK
E. SOCIAL STATUS
F. USE OF PERSONAL TALENTS
G. CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE

segunda-feira, 25 de setembro de 2017

PROFIT AT ANY PRICE? Ethics and responsibility in the business world

Hello, folks!

As we discussed last lesson, Business environment is full of conflicts and sometimes it is common to find companies surpassing some limits, what leads them into an unethical way. You´ll find 2 parts of movies below. The first video comes from "Thanks for smoking" and the other video is a fragment of "A good year". After watching them, discuss with friends about :

1. Tobbaco industry and human healthy. What´s the limit for making profit selling cigarettes?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcdKGosBenY


Watch the next video now. 

2. Do you believe it is possible making profit in the Stock Market honestly? What´s your opinion about the manipulation of figures, investment, sales and purchasing on the video?




segunda-feira, 28 de agosto de 2017

MY DREAM JOB





Hello, folks! 


Welcome to our blog. This is a meeting point where we can read, write, discuss and contribute ideas about the topics from our course "English for Business, Managemenent and Finance. 
Our first class was about job titles and workplaces and our second class was about the Departments of a company. To sum up our first 2 topics, let´s talk  about jobs a bit more, more specifically, your DREAM JOB. Based on what you wrote about that during the classes, write down what´s your dream job and explain your choices to your colleagues. 

sexta-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2016

WEEK 9: E-COMMERCE

During our lesson about e-commerce, we discussed some important aspects about this trend in business. Here you´ll find some tips when planning to start your own business on the internet. Read them very carefully and choose 2 tips you consider the best. After explain your choice.

1. Start With Your Business Name

The first thing to do (after you decide what you want to sell, of course) is choose a fabulous, memorable business name that no one else is using. You can conduct a corporate name search to make sure it’s not already in use. Once you’ve chosen the name, register it. (If you form an LLC or corporation, this will happen automatically in the state where you file your paperwork.)

2. Secure Your Domain Name and Website

Ideally, you’ll get your business name as your domain name, but if it’s not available, choose a URL that’s easy to say and spell, and relates to your business. So if your business is Karen’s Craft Creations and KarensCraftCreations.com isn’t available, try something similar like CraftsbyKaren.com.
The design of your eCommerce site may be the biggest business expense you have. But you want to ensure that it’s not only visually appealing, but also functional. There are out-of-the-box eCommerce solutions like Shopify to begin with, but you may require something more custom-made if your needs are more than basic.

3. Select The Best Business Structure and Register Your Business

You’ve got several options when it comes to your business structure:
  • Sole Proprietor
  • Partnership (if you have a business partner)
  • LLC
  • Corporation
If you don’t choose a business structure like a corporation or LLC, you’ll automatically be considered a sole proprietor (or partnership) by the IRS. However, operating as a sole proprietor, your personal assets are at risk. If your company is ever sued, the court can seize your personal assets if your business doesn’t have enough to cover its debts. Both the corporation and LLC separate you and your assets from the business, and provide other tax benefits.
You can register on your own by filling out the appropriate business structure paperwork from the IRS yourself, or you can hire a business filing company to do it for you. A lawyer is another option, but that’s often overkill for the average small business owner’s needs.

4. Get Your Employer Identification Number

You’ll need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to open a business bank account and file your business taxes next April. Your EIN is a bit like your business’ social security number: it’s a unique number that identifies your business and helps you file important paperwork. Every business needs one, whether you’ll have employees or not.

5. Apply for Business Licenses and Permits

Operating an eCommerce business does not exclude you from needing certain business licenses and permits. Check with your city, county, and state to see what sorts of sales tax licenses or home business licenses you need, and get those approved before you start operating.

6. Find the Right Vendors

You’ll have a lot of competition selling products online, so it’s in your best interest to find the best quality and best prices for the products you sell or materials you use to create your products. Shop around until you find a vendor you want to do business with long-term.

7. Start Marketing Early

Even if you’re not up and running, it’s a good idea to set up social media profiles and writing content for your blog now so that you’re not starting from scratch Day 1. You can set up your website with a “coming soon” page where people who are interested can sign up to get updates, using a tool like LaunchRock.

8. Get More Productive with the Right Software

Technology can make so much of your work easier, so before you start your eCommerce business, play around with customer relationship management, accounting, project management, and email marketing software that you can integrate into what you’re doing once you launch.

9. Stock Your Inventory

Whether you’ve got a warehouse full of products somewhere or your inventory lives in your garage, make sure you’ve got enough to launch. It can be tricky, not knowing how much you’ll need, but in general, it’s better to have too much inventory than not enough. Pay attention to how your sales increase so you can be smart with future orders.

10. Make Sure Your Business Stays Compliant

Once you launch your eCommerce business, things are going to move at the speed of light. Don’t overlook filing your annual report, if you incorporated or filed an LLC, nor those annual fees for business permits. If you need to, put these deadlines on your calendar so you stay on top of them.
Can you check all 10 of these items off your list? Great! It’s time to launch. Having done all the preparation up front, your eCommerce business will skyrocket.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2015/08/checklist-starting-an-ecommerce-business.html

quinta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2016

WEEK 8 - WEBSITES AND WEBPAGE CREATION

Welcome back, IT people! 

Read the text below in order to remember our last class. 

The steps in website development

First, discuss with the customer their requirements and the target audience. Find out what features and number of pages they want on their site. Secondly, analyze the information from the customer. Thirdly, create a website specification. Then design and develop the website. After that, assign a specialist to write the website content. Next give the project to programmers for HTML coding. Finally, test the website. After you publish the website, update and maintain it on an ongoing basis. Monitor customer use.

Now, give your opinion about the following:

If you could create a webpage, how would you design your personal website? What graphics, images and colors would you use? What would you say in your text? How many pages would you have? How would you organize the links on your navigation bar to show the different pages?