System Analysis In…

We’re going to start a discussion about how systems analysis work in different areas. Now, I’m only scraping the surface and I will admit that I don’t know everything that it takes to be a systems analysis but these tools, scenarios, and tips are just some things that I have learned during the beginning stages of my career. Today, we’re going to start with systems analysis in universities/colleges.

CaptureInformation systems is an important component to universities no matter where they are located. A university needs to have the right system, the right programs, the right social media platforms, and the right amount and right location for student and employee use. It’s very important to have this figured out right away if not already or when a college is just opening up. The following is a list of the different areas to look over when looking for systems analysis. Please remember these are my own recommendations from analysis.

Systems – It is important to have different platforms for different uses. For my example in this blog, I will use my own campus, University of Nevada, Reno. There are different uses that students and professors and faculty need which require different computer systems. I have seen my University have Windows, Apple, and connections to remote desktops of other systems. There is also the availability of Linux. For more information about different systems, check out my past blog post The Systems.

Programs – There are so many platforms for so many different majors in a college and university. Make sure that you look at what the professors want to teach in their classes. Afterwards, compile a list of all the programs. In the example of UNR, there are programs that are loaded on the College of Business lab computers but not in the library while there are some programs installed in the library’s computer labs that may not be found in another spot of the campus. It is important to have the programs available where the students that need it the most will be most of the time. This strategy will work out well. If the program is needed for students on their own desktops or laptops, it should be looked into about having a discount on programs or a limited time where the program will be free for students if they are currently in the class that needs to the program.

Social Media – A college and university needs to have an outreach program to incoming and current students and alumni along with those in the community interested in staying current with the school. Having the right social media platforms is important as there are specific ones where people are looking at. Some of these would be Facebook, Twitter, RateMyProfessor.com, LinkedIn, and even YouTube. These links follow along with our example of all the social media platforms that UNR is currently on. These five social media platforms are not the only platforms that a college or university should limit themselves to. It should be looked into to be able to find where their audience is at so to expand their influence on the Internet.

Amount and Location – A final thing to look into is where computers should be placed and how many should be placed. There should be computers available for students at spots that have a good traffic flow and need. For an example, there is a computer lab in the Knowledge Center and in the College of Business on the UNR campus. The traffic flow should be looked at as well to decide on the amount of computers in the designated areas. Make sure that there are enough computers to be used and enough area so not to be packed together in an uncomfortable area.

Is the computer analysis good at your university or college? What could improve there? Comment below for a discussion. 

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What Social Media Does Part 2

Before, we had talked about the community in social media and why we use certain social media platforms. Now, we shall begin to speak about specific social media groups besides the two that we talked about before: Facebook and Roleplayer.me. Now, let’s begin!

pinterest-1345141049_600First on our list is Pinterest. The community on the website is willing to give and share different crafts, clothes, items, and really anything on the website. This site has been deemed a website for mostly women to share things to other women that could help them in any way possible. I use Pinterest for the same reason most other people use the website. You can ‘Pin’ what you find on Pinterest or online to one of your ‘boards’. I think that it gives a new way of community for people. I have seen many different uses of Pintererst. I have seen people post their blogs online, post the crafts that they make, sales on items at your business, places that you have gone to, wedding photos, and many other things.

mzl.taqswtih.175x175-75My next website in social media is Goodreads. This site possibly the single most important community website when it comes to books. This site has authors discussing and promoting their new books, reviews on books, a way to organize your books, and have the ability to find new books to read. There are book clubs on here and other groups for people to get together and talk about the books they are reading, what is happening in their lives, and the common things in their lives. Not only are you joining a community of avid book lovers but you can also join any of the groups that hold other common interests as those other members of Goodreads.

As I hope that this will be a series, we will go over two more social media reviews later on. I believe social media is important for the community online and in your city/town/whatever you have it. I hope that this series will help someone find their niche online and can find a community of people that have interests like those that each person has.

Photo Credit: Pinterest | Goodreads

What social media sites do you use that is niche like? Comment below with an answer.

What Social Media Does

Social media can be used fr business and it can also be used for a community outlet as well. We have already discussed social media and how it can help businesses get connected with online customers in Signing On but what about as a community outlet for individuals? Now, this has been a blog post that I have been waiting for to write and I have finally decided to do so. So let’s get started….

Now, while social media is a very important component to marketing in businesses, it is a large component to individuals and community organizations. Social media can be used for getting events out into the open like Students in Free Enterprise did for the Let’s Can Hunger Games. It can also be used just to get out information about the actual organization so people can look online and see if there is interest.
There are many different social media outlets that people use to get into the community. Just to list some off there is: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Reddit, Digg, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr, stumbleupon, Pinterest, Friendster, Yahoo!, Skype, AIM, and many many more. Someone is on at least one of these social media sites even if you don’t know it. If you have an email, if you have an account on something, if you post pictures…this is you being on social media. Social media outlooks is basically this: it is an online community center for people to come and gather in to share their ideas, network with new people, get out events and physical community groups and keep in touch with old friends and family.

"I use social media because..."

“I use social media because…”

Today, while writing this post I posted my own feeds in two of my social media outlets. One is Facebook and one is something that seems to be swept under the bed in embarrassment by most online social media users or really anyone that knows of the area, roleplayer.me. Now, in these posts I asked two simple questions that really are important when it comes to the use of social media. On both accounts, I asked people to comment with the end of the following sentences: “I use social media for…” and “I roleplay because…”. Why did I ask these specifically? On Facebook everyone has some other account on some other social media page whether it be email, Skype, Twitter, or what have you. Facebook has now become the central hub for all things social media as most things allow you to sign up using your Facebook account. On roleplayer.me, I asked this question because it is the question for the website. It’s one of the biggest communities online for this genre of social media and everyone is asked this question. “I roleplay because…” is the beginning of the sentence that defines why people use this website, why they do it, and why they have decided to be a part of this amazing community of writers. The pictures in this post are the responses that were received from the prompts given.

Now what about my answers to these questions? I believe that they are very important questions and, of course, I have my own opinions as well. I use social media for keeping contact with my family and friends. I use it to get my brand out to the community as well as network with people that can help me while I can help them. I use social media as an outlet on the online world. Now, I roleplay for the reasons that were given in the responses. I roleplay because it is a way out of real life and a way to get the imagination going. While it may seem nerdy, I believe that it is an amazing community with amazingly creative writers. It isn’t just writing stories either; this community was the reason that I began to start coding in the first place for profiles and it has grown into a career I am working to obtain.

"I roleplay because...."

“I roleplay because….”

Social media is an amazing tool not just in the business world and it needs to be utilized to it’s utmost potential. As shown above it can be used for community organizations, individuals, or just those that love the escape into a whole new community.

What communities are you involved in online? Finish one (or both) of the prompts yourself as well below!

 

Signing On

social-media-buttonsThere are always those important components to a business that groups preach about. There’s the need to advertise, the need to have community outreach; with the I.T. department and also marketing/management department, there is social media. Social media is an important and fundamental tool for a business that wants to have their brand online. While we have discussed how important it is to have a website, it is also necessary to know how important it is to have eyes in ears in social media as well. Now, this isn’t a rundown of what I have learned in my own class about social media. This is what I have learned from personal experience and a little addition to fill the gaps from class. I have always believed that social media is one of the most important tools for a business to have and have preached it to the businesses that I have helped with online work.

There are multiple websites that businesses should be located on. These include Facebook, Twitter, a blogging platform, Google, Yelp and LinkedIn plus many others. There should be a way for online customers to be able to contact the business and a way for the business to get their brand out to those customers. Social media can be used for so many different things to help a business. Customers can send private messages if there are any questions, businesses can post any promotions that are being held, customers can post up reviews about their experiences, and one of the most important uses, the business can get their name out by customers sharing their pages around.

An article for Business 2 Community has shown that social media has actually helped budgets for different businesses. Having a decent strategy for marketing your website is fundamental for success. The article also gives factors that are needed to be considered to have a positive result that can help budget your business.

  1. Prepare your social media strategy
  2. Preparing and optimizing the social profiles
  3. Content development for social media platforms
  4. Running and managing the social media campaign
  5. Monitoring the progress on the social media platform

If you aren’t good at getting social media set up, keep a look out for companies that will help out. One example is Business Breakthroughs International. They will help with different tools to help your business grow and flourish online for the world to see.

Now, say you are an individual but you have a brand that you want to promote, you can easily use these social media outlets as well in the same manner. Take these tools and turn them into what you need and can use for yourself.

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How do you interact with businesses through social media? Does social media help your business? Need any help with social media for your business or need tips and tricks, just comment below!