Wireless Technologies at Agriculture ITO

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Subject Area:Business

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The IT manager prescribes that the institution’s training systems are automated and wirelessly decentralized to increase overall efficiency. In order to implement this system, Agriculture ITO will have to train its personnel, based on the fact that a few of them are computer illiterate. According to Stats NZ as, about of 2000-2001, only forty-seven percent of New Zealand households have access to a computer and therefore, it will be expected that not everyone in the workforce will be conversant with operating computers. The institution is also tasked with demarcating guidelines and policies on the use of the system because some of the personnel get ahead of themselves and access system settings and controls that should not be changed unless under the supervision of the IT manager.

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The business scenario and implementation points out to the innovation stage of the diffusion curve. The use of the existent telecommunication system for data transmission will enable widespread coverage of the training system as the probability of finding households without telecommunication at all were only one in twenty-five (Stats NZ). However, there is a probability that data transmission will be impeded or data corrupted altogether by electromagnetic interference from electric fences. To counter this problem therefore, the ITO will have to acquire GTRAN wireless pc cards and subscribe to a wireless data plan that will enable them to make use of the existing Code Division Multiple Access 2000. The IT manager thought it prudent to make use of the data network covering more areas from which the ITO personnel could operate thus enhancing mobility of work in the field.

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The downside of the roll out of the wireless transmission system is that the price and cost of maintenance are quite high. This translates to a visible and unique brand presence. In his 1972 article, Nathan Rosenberg observed that the ability of the workers and the situation in the capital market were deemed as crucial in the implementation of technology in organizations because both affected how new inventions were successfully implemented. That being said, the cost incurred here would be the time and monies that comprise the expenditure allocated to train staff in the case that emerging technology is quite complex to operate (Rosenberg). If the required level of aptitude is achieved however, with much cost and time, then the implementation process might not be realized as quickly as demanded and this will in turn negatively affect the extent of benefits derived thereof (Rosenberg).

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The state of the capital market is also an important factor in determining the costs of an emerging innovation. It is then far much and easier to work from anywhere in the confines of the office workplace and access any documents and applications that are available on the network (Scheck). Wireless technology also gives staff access to real time data or information that is transmitted to them as it is obtained (Lund). It is more so important in industries where data is needed promptly to help in making decisions related to the monitoring of quality or enhancing employee’s safety (Lund). Data provided by wireless devices is not only transmitted immediately it is needed, but there is also enough of it on which to make concrete decisions thus avoiding the risk of making tentative conclusions based on insufficient data (Lund).

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According to Scheck, eight four percent of clients disapprove of an organization’s services when staff attending to them does not have the information to their enquiries at hand. Gradually decreasing the use of the old training management system while increasingly making use of the new system to mitigate the risks that come with unforeseen implications of the new system. This provides a chance for the organization to fall back on the old system in the case the new system fails during the process of adoption. Likewise, I would fully recommend that Agricultural ITO adopt the technology citing the increased productivity and efficiency of the field workers. Nonetheless the trainees also benefit because they are quickly attended to, access information and provide feedback to their facilitators.

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