Technology In Schools

Technology In Schools

Technology has become part of everything we do and in the education sector, it has ushered a new era. Technology structures are now used in teaching and learning and have greatly improved productivity. Teachers have a wide range of applications they can make use of to better their delivery and kids also have tools at their disposal to improve on their learning abilities. What technology does is to simplify the teaching and learning processes by providing different tools for efficiency. Below are some of the ways kids are benefiting from technology in school:

Computers In Classrooms

A few years ago, no one would have ever thought that computers would make their way to classrooms. Well, today most schools have computers and if not in the class room, there is a computer lab where kids can access computer services.

With the advancement in technology, some classes are forgetting all about the conventional white boards and embracing the interactive whiteboard tablet technology where all they need is a tablet. The kids’ tablets are wirelessly connected to the teacher’s and whatever the teacher needs to convey can easily be transferred to everyone in the classroom without necessarily writing anything on the traditional classroom board.

Classroom Websites

The days of submitting assignments in hard copies are slowly fading away and giving way to the rather new and efficient classroom websites. These are online pages that the students can use to get the latest assignments and also submit completed work. The websites have extra tools which are used to check for grammar and originality before the teacher takes a look at the submitted work. The websites provide effective accountability means and a faster way to handle assignments.

Projectors And Displays

For classes without the advanced interactive whiteboards, teachers can still take advantage of what technology has to offer. Projectors and displays come in handy when explaining topics that need visual representation. This makes learning more fun and kids can grasp concepts better that the plain boring board and chalk teaching.

Digital Resources

Teaching and learning can be enhanced in a number of ways using various digital resources. Learning games, digital portfolios, electronic grade books, and real-time teacher and student feedback technologies are all geared towards making learning less of a task and more of a fun thing. There are also other resources that make it possible for students to track their performance in all the subjects. Some technologies utilize games in providing the students with a learning method that makes them more active in solving problems by becoming critical thinkers.

Education remains the foundation of our civilized society and requires all resources to work efficiently. Technology has different solutions that make learning a better experience for the kids and simplifies work for the teachers. The aim of involving technology is to take away the child’s perception that learning is a task and make it a more interactive fun activity. Growing children are impressionable and are attracted to devices; the only way to take advantage of this is through incorporating technology in learning to improve productivity.

 

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SAP Technology Consultant Salary

SAP Technology Consultant Salary

SAP has grown to become one of the largest software corporations in the world with more than 65,000 direct employees. The IT industry is getting more competitive everyday and for this reason, more and more people are improving their skills to compete better in the job market. Companies are hunting for the best employees and to manage this, they have to give a great offer, benefits and a lot of incentives. This explains the attractive salary packages that the SAP tech consultants get in different industries

United Kingdom

SAP remuneration depends partly in the country the consultants are employed in. For instance, in the UK, a tech consultant working for SAP will get anything between £45,000 and £105,000. The rates are decided depending on a number of factors such as qualification, region, experience, and the demand for your services. It is not any different from the other industries and companies. The greater the experience in the field, the higher the salary one gets. Regions are also involved in the remuneration process such that employees working in cities get better salaries as compared to those working in other regions. A bachelors degree in the required field will get you something between, £15,000 and £70,000 while and MBA will attract a salary between £16,000 and £95,000 without considering the other factors.

United States Of America

In the US, the salary you get will depend on the company you are working for. Some companies will pay SAP consultants a salary of $91,000 with entry levels earning an average of $63,000. The salaries can go as high as $114,000 if the person is highly qualified and experienced. In some companies technical consultants can get a salary as high as $122,000 with highly experienced SAP consultants getting a salary of $215,000.

Australia

In Australia, remuneration for SAP technology consultants follows the same factors which are qualification, region, and experience. Consultants with 1 to 4 years of experience will get a salary of between AU$30,000 and AU$93,000. People with higher experience can enjoy a salary of up to AU$150,000. Again, the salary all depends on the company the consultant is working for.

SAP technology consultants can either work for SAP or work for other companies that are using SAP products and services. There are different salaries for different categories of employees. The main factors that are used in deciding the amount of money a consultant gets include but not limited to region, qualification, experience, and the demand for the services in the IT market.

 

 

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Changing Abilities Of The Mobile Phone

Changing Abilities Of The Mobile Phone

Mobile phones have now stopped becoming a luxury and joined the necessity items in the world of today. They are part of us to an extent that some people cannot survive without these devices for a few hours. The mobile phones we are in love with today have not always been what they are. There is a long history starting from the bulky large phones to the efficient mini computers we call phones. Below is a brief history on the journey and the evolution of mobile phones.

In early 1918

Mobile phone usage was tested by the German railroad system on military trains. In 1924, there were public trials of wireless telephony between Hamburg and Berlin. The development of wireless telephones started and never stopped. Let us fast forward to 1995 when the mobile phone was somewhat fully developed. Though the industry players had mastered the art of reducing the equipment needed to make a mobile phone call, the devices were still large and bulky. Albeit this was the case, the phones back then were the craze of the day and everyone wanted a piece of this technology but the price was unreachable to most.

In 1996

Mobile phones were a little bit better defined and became better looking than their predecessor. The antennas were shortened taking away the military radio call look. The various upgrades were now becoming more available and the price was going down especially with more companies providing the handsets. At this time Nokia was the main manufacturer of mobile phone handsets.

In 1999

Mobile phones received a more compact look without antennas and the handsets were available in different colors. Though still in black and white, the graphics were better and phones had become devices you could easily carry around without being noticed.

2000

Surprising enough, as opposed to what many people believe, the first touch screen mobile phone was made in this year by Motorola. Though it was in black and white, it was an introduction to better technology and a simpler way too use mobile phones with easy access to the different features. Keep in mind that during this period, mobile phones were mainly used for making calls and sending text messages.

In 2001

We said goodbye to the boring black and white and ushered in the monochromatic colors. Instead of the grey background, phones now had different colors such as blue making them better choices for those looking for something different. The mobile phone technology made another huge step in 2002 when full color displays were created. It is also during this time that the first camera cell phone was made.

By 2004

Mobile phones stopped being just about calling and texting; they became a sense of style especially with the introduction of slimmer more stylish phones, some with dual screens, flaps and sliding features. The following year is when the first music phone was unveiled by Sony Ericsson changing the use of the mobile phone completely. You could now listen to music on the same phone you called and texted on.

2007

This was the year the touch screen returned, this time it was an Apple iPhone with an operating system that allowed applications to run the phone. This gave birth to a new era where mobile phones started becoming mini computers with multiple application, internet access and high quality cameras. From 2007 to 2014 mobile phones have changed in terms of usability and designs

Today

From what used to be a bulky brick like device, the mobile phone has made a great journey to the advanced phone we have today that can basically do just about anything a high tech computer can do. There are mobile phones with large storage capacities and high speed processors that allow them to handle a wide range of applications such as video streaming, and playing games.

 

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What Is SAP

What Is SAP

SAP refers to the German Multinational company that makes enterprise software for business operation management solutions coupled with customer relations. The company’s headquarters are located in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany but has offices in many countries around the world. The company has become famous based on SAP ERP, SAP BW, Sybase mobile products SAP Business Object Software among others. SAP is in top of the list of the largest software corporations in the world.

Origin And History

When Xerox, decided to end their journey in the world of computers they requested IBM to migrate to IBM technologies for all they business systems operations. Xerox compensated IBM through giving them the rights to SDS (scientific Data systems software) for an $80,000 contract credit.

Around the same time, Claus Wellenreuther, Hasso Plattner, Hans-Werner Hector, Klaus Tschira and Dietmar Hopp, all engineers at IBM were busy developing an enterprise-wide system using SDS. Unfortunately they were informed that their work would no longer be used. Instead of discontinuing their work, they went a head and quit working for IBM to start their own company.

In 19 72 the five engineers founded the System Analysis and Program development company which was registered under private partnership. The name later changed to ‘systems, applications and products in data processing’. An Imperial Chemical industries branch was the company’s first client where it took the role of developing the mainframe programs used in accounting and payrolls. Instead of handling the data using punch cards like IBM, the company stored the data locally. This led to the company referring to their software as real-time system. This was as result of eliminating the need for punch cards processing. The software was a standalone version that could also be availed to other parties in need of the service.

ERP

In the year 1973, the company launched its first commercial product which was dubbed SAP R/1. The product enabled clients to use a common system to handle different tasks simultaneously. This improved data maintenance through the use of centralized data storage. This created the necessity of a database from a technical view.

Sap GmbH was established in 1976 and its headquarters were moved to Walldorf in 1977. SAP AG became the company’s official name in 2005 after an AGM meeting.

In 1979, the company launched its second commercial product named SAP R/2 which was basically an expansion of the first edition to different areas such as production plans and management of materials. There was a redesigned product added to the market in 1981 though the actual improvement on SAP R/2 which happened between 1985 and 1990.

In 1992, SAP launched the new SAP R/3 and the following years up to 1995, the company released a number of versions of this product. From 1995, SAP abandoned the mainframe computing in favor of client/server technology which was trending at the time. With the use of the internet, SAP developed a strategy, mySAP.com, which went ahead to redefine business processes concepts using the internet.

Restructuring

Public trading started in 1988 with SAP’s shares being listed on the Stuttgart and Frankfurt stock exchanges. Due to great success in both in the products marketed during this period, the company was included in DAX, Germany’s stock index in 1995 and in 2003; it was listed in STOXX 50, Dow Jones.

Markets

SAP remains the biggest business software corporation and in terms of revenue, it is the 3rd largest independent software company. The company has major markets in 4 major geographical regions which are APJ standing for Asia Pacific and Japan, LAC standing for Latin America and Caribbean, America representing USA and Canada, and EMEA which stands for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company runs 115 subsidiaries around the world has research and development labs in more than a dozen countries.

SAP has a clear focus on 25 industries and 6 industrial sectors which are public services, financial services, service industries, consumer industries, discrete industries and process industries. The products offered by SAP are geared towards providing solutions for large corporations, medium size companies as well as small businesses.

Products

SAP’s products are mainly focused on ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning which explains the company’s main product SAP ERP. ERP 6.0. Which is the newest version of the product and is an important part of the larger Business Suite by SAP. ERP is simply one of the main products in the Suite which contains 4 other applications which are SRM (Supplier Relation Management) which enhances a company’s procurement processes, SCM (Supply chain Management), which assists in the resources for manufacturing processes and service provision, PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) assists manufacturer with information related to products, and CRM (customer Relation Management) which helps a company in the acquiring and maintenance of customers. Together all the 5 application make the suite which is a great benefit to any business.

The company has other products such as GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance), RFID, performance Management Software and NetWeaver. The company also offers web service in relation to its products under the name SOA. Initially, SAP’s products were aimed at giving solutions to the fortune 500 companies but things changed. Today, small and medium enterprises can benefit from a range of applications that are aimed at improving and redefining the way business management is handled.

Partnerships

SAP partners with a number of companies with the aim of improving their services. Global Services Partners are among SAP’s major partners based on the consulting capabilities that SAP gets from them. Global Technology Partners provide clients with products that are geared towards the support of SAP’s technology. There are also other minor companies that have partnered with SAP and their work is to complement the company’s products by providing functionality and support. Whatever is provided by these companies is certified and tested for quality then provided to the clients and supported directly by SAP.

Distribution Contracts

SAP has organizations all around the world but its products are delivered to clients through a network of partners. SAP and HCL Technologies singed a Global service partnership in 2008 and is in another partnership with ENFOS Inc for EcoHub development and sustainability. The distribution partnership allows independent vendors to profitably market, sell, develop and deliver products from SAP and reach a wider market globally.

Community Role

SCN or SAP community Network is a meeting place for SAP’s partners, employees, customers and other stakeholders in capacities such as integrators, business analysts, developers, and consultant among others. The reason for the existence of the community is to provide a place where the mentioned parties can exchange ideas that can help in improving applications. The community has over 2.5 active members from different industries and from different nations.

Organizational Structures

SAP has split its functional units across distinct organizational structures or units for research and development needs, customer supports and field processes. The products development process is handled by SAP labs and the field activities such as consulting, marketing and sales are handled by the organizations spread across different countries. The Head office handles overall management and crucial engineering processes such as Development of products. SAP has a customer support service referred to as AGS or Active Global Service which handles any customer issues around the world.

SAP Labs

A SAP Lab is an organization within the company that is responsible for research and development. The company has a number of labs located in different regions around the world with the development lab in India being the largest in terms of employees. Each of the labs has specific focus areas such as research and innovation or development of certain applications.

Competition

Though SAP is one of the largest companies in its line of business, it gets a fair share of competition especially in Enterprise Resource Planning. The major competitor in this field is Oracle Corporation, a company SAP has had court battles with on matters related to intellectual property. In order to get an edge over the competitors in the industry, SAP has continuously acquired major companies and this has led to the increase in both the customer base and profit margins.

Giving Back To The Community

SAP became a partner of the RED campaign in 2012 alongside other major brands like Converse, American Express, Nike Inc among others. This is a campaign with a mission to prevent HIV transmission to children from their mothers by the year 2015. SAP also funds a project that assesses and educates Autistic children. In addition, there is an initiative to employ people with Asperger syndrome and autism citing their attention to details and high intelligence levels in the IT department.

In Conclusion

SAP is a Major Software corporation that was founded by 5 engineers from IBM. The company has grown to be one of the largest in the field of enterprise software development. It has organizations and labs located all over the world while its headquarters are in Walldorf, Germany. SAP provides a number of applications which are geared towards simplifying the management of businesses and its target customers are large, medium and small businesses. The company employs more than 65,000 people and serves more than quarter a million customers across 188 countries.

 

 

 

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