Introduction to Business Information Technology

Learn about the IT industry, and the skills that you need to score your first IT job.
Course info
Rating
(224)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 5, 2015
Duration
1h 54m
Table of contents
Welcome to IT!
Business Technology Infrastructure
Business Software Development
IT Management
Staying Ahead Throughout Your Career
Description
Course info
Rating
(224)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 5, 2015
Duration
1h 54m
Description

This course will give you a high level technical overview of the IT industry - its classification, how things work in organizations, core components of an infrastructure like server and services, networking, and storage. Then we'll cover the essentials of software development where you'll get to know about the most popular types of applications, languages, and platforms. The target audience of this course are people who are new to IT, want to learn about the bits and pieces of the IT industry, and want to understand the skills required to get their first job, on their way to pursue a career in IT.

About the author
About the author

Kunal D Mehta is a Microsoft and VMware certified IT Pro specializing in Core Infrastructure solutions, Virtualization, and Cloud. When he's not configuring clusters or provisioning VMs, he prefers hanging out with friends, watching movies, and going on long drives or pranking people. Kunal loves surprises and hates "Access Denied" messages.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Welcome to IT!
Welcome to this course on Introduction to Business Information Technology or, in short, Business IT. This course has been specifically designed for those few who are new to the IT space and want to understand how the bits and pieces of the industry work in order to get an entry-level job for a start. Think of it as a gateway to the world computing and a way to jumpstart your tech careers. The motivation behind this course is to help you make a decision on if IT is the right choice for your career, and if it is, then what in particular from the IT field would probably interest you. Because, let's face it, IT is huge. It's massive. There's nobody who knows everything in IT. And especially to a newbie like you, the vast number of options can certainly seem overwhelming. But don't worry. That's what I'm here for. I'll give you a holistic picture of the options and skills that you need to break your way into your first IT job. So, in the upcoming modules of this course, I'll try to give you an insightful overview of how practical IT works. By practical, I mean knowledge and concepts that you can directly put to use at your workplace and not theoretical stuff that you would probably end up using only when you had to teach your kids the same thing. Jokes aside, before we begin, let me introduce myself. My name is Kunal D. Mehta. You can see that on your screen with my picture. I've been an IT professional for a few years now and love it. I hold Microsoft and VMS certifications. Apart from that, my personal life is a constant struggle between my love for food and eagerness to stay healthy. If you ever want to get in touch with me for any help, feel free to add me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or visit my website, serverbaba. com. The handles are right below the name. By the end of this course, you'll also get to know all the key terms to be the geek next door. So, fasten your seatbelts because this is going to be an exciting ride. And with that, let's jump right into our first module here, Welcome to IT!

Business Software Development
Welcome to the third module in this course, Business Software Development. Here in this module, you'll get a technical overview of the type of applications that you can build, languages and platforms that you can choose to do that, and tools that will help you get through the process of developing the application right from your first line of code to the final product. This module will be shorter in comparison to the previous module because the previous module had a lot of components that constitute to an IT infrastructure. But when it comes to software development, the main concern is mostly knowing which type of application you want and choosing a platform for it. It's all a permutation and combination of different languages and platforms. But, ultimately, what you do is build an application. That is your core goal. So, in this module, I'll give you an overview of how web applications are different from mobile applications, how mobile applications are different from desktop applications at the fundamental level. Along with that, I'll name the most popular languages or platforms that are used in the industry to build those applications. So, let's proceed. Here's the agenda for this module. First, I'll talk about the three core development domains--web, mobile, and desktop applications. Then before we get into the technical overview, a few points to keep in mind before you start building any application. These points are very crucial if you want your application to be great. Then, we'll get into the first core development domain--web applications. Next, an overview of mobile applications and, third, desktop applications. Followed by that, a little bit about IDEs and SDKs, which are the tools that you use to build your application and web functionality and features they offer. And, finally, as usual, the summary.

IT Management
Welcome to the fourth module in this course, IT Management. In the last two modules, we got a technical overview of technology infrastructure and software development. However, in this module, we focus less on the technical stuff but a little more on the business aspect of both of these above categories. In this module, we'll highlight how things work differently in enterprises, along with the processes and procedures involved. So, let's move ahead. Here's the agenda for this module. First, we'll talk about the most important priority for businesses, that is security. Then I'll also talk about why backup and restoration are important. These are two things that we hardly pay attention to when it comes to our personal computers. Then I'll briefly talk about IT service management, what it is, why it is important for technology infrastructures, and a few IT service management frameworks that are popularly used in the industry today. Following that, I'll briefly talk about the software development lifecycle which has recommendations and guidelines that can be applied to any software development process. Then for you to understand what we did until now and connect them to job roles, I'll highlight the mapping of skills to job roles that are commonly seen today at the entry level. And, finally, as usual, the summary.

Staying Ahead Throughout Your Career
Welcome to the last and final module in this course: Staying Ahead Throughout Your Career. Kudos to you for making it this far. I'm glad you did. So, in the previous modules, we went over the technical details of what the technology infrastructure is usually comprised of, how the software development process happens, and so a managerial overview of how things work in IT businesses. Learning all that stuff is great. There are other things that are definitely important to learn on your own, and you also get to learn those things continuously on the job on a day-to-day basis. But what you're about to learn here in this module are the things that you don't get to learn on the job and no company teaches you this. So, sit tight and follow carefully, and remember all that you learn. This will play a crucial role in your long-term success. So, let's start the last few and probably the most important minutes in this course. Here's the agenda for this module. I'll first highlight what immediate next steps you can take after you're done with this course. Then, I'll tell you why it is important to focus on popular trends in IT and how that bet can pay off. After which, I'll talk about my personal two-year rule which I implement in my own professional life. Next, a little on why you shouldn't hold back from investing in learning and how that can be beneficial. Then I'll talk about certifications, what they are, and its significance in the IT industry. And then how you can keep up by following the domain experts in the field and start competing with them. And, lastly, a few final words to wrap up the course and bid farewell, of course, for now.