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Information  Technology WILL COMPUTERS READ YOUR MIND?



"The impact of Information Society Technologies on social lives and economies" IBA, Jamshoro arranges Professor Muhammad Umer Memon, Memorial Lecture/Seminar

Lecturer, IBA
July 01 - 07, 2002

The seminar on Information Technology was held at Professor Nabi Bakhsh Daudpota Auditorium, IBA Building, Institute of Business Administration, University of Sindh, Jamshoro. The Chief Guest was Mr. Mazhar ul Haq Siddiqui, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sindh, Jamshoro. The proceeding of seminar opened up with the recitation of Holy "Quraan". Professor Dr. Anwar AliShah G. Syed, Diorector IBA, University of Sindh, Jamshoro introduced the guest speaker Dr. Syed Mir Muhammad Shah. Director, IBA also highlighted the influence of Information Technology on today's society. He said, "Information Technology has revolutionized the world of business to modernization."

The Director also underlined the applications of computer in the business field. Director said: "Computers have become so fundamental to modern society that without them, our economy would grind to a halt. The computer has facilitated the business beyond belief. The IT has made it possible to do online shopping so called (E-Commerce/E-Busiriess). We can make buying or selling of products over the web and it can be done even from living rooms, while travelling or waiting. Potential customer visiting the site, can look at catalogue of products and can also place orders if they decide to purchase. Supply chair management software is aimed at increasing productivity, optimize resources, minimize investments and enhance customer satisfaction."

He said: "We live in the era of Globalization that offers challenges, threats and opportunities. What is needed, is to react effectively to keep pace with the world of Information Technology. Courses and profile of training as being offered by IBA is very much in accordance with the demand of the market. As we have updated and advanced our syllabus with latest computer-related courses. We have enchased the challenge into opportunity by getting the whole Institute computerized. He envisages that in future no home would be without P.C. As computers have made revolutionary changes in the lives of people concerned with every walk of life." He said: "Computers are used to juggle budgets, create purchase orders, set up employee files, track expenses, income and pay taxes. In class rooms, computers have become as essential to the learning process as books, papers and pens. Students use computer to develop projects, prepare internship reports collect information from electronic sources around the world. In medicine today computers are used for every thing from diagnosing illness to controlling the movement of robotic surgical assistance."

The Guest Speaker Dr. Syed Mir Muhammad Shah who happened to be the first Ph.D. in Pakistan in the field of information technology. In his address he said: "Ihe information technology may be split into three generations. In the first generation (1960-1980), we had main frame, centralized architecture where exchange of information happened to difficult & limited only within organization. Stepping into 2nd generation (1981-1990), where we had some user-friendly tools and techniques that enabled the exchange of data across various entities and sharing of computer resources between different locations in the organization through LAN/WAN. New profession such as system analysts, network engineers also emerged during this period. Third generation (1991-to date) brought to us Internet/Web based/Mobile Technology. Software assumed the role of industry. Common standards developed.

Development of software activity carried out in several locations, across cities, countries and continents. New professions evolved such as system architect, software engineer, Business analyst, quality assurance etc. Systems were made easy to be used by even non-skilled or non- profession users (select/click)."

He further said: "Our society has switched from Industrial to knowledge based society. In Industrial society organizations were defined and recognized by activities and geographical boundaries, where most of the transactions of the business carried through physical contacts, roads, railway tracks and airports. On the other hand in the knowledge based society, organizations are defined and recognized by business processes, data relationships and interfaces, where mostly business is carried electronically. Technologies carry products of digital age. The infrastructure of this society is comprised of hardware, software and network. He also cited some of the reasons for limited success and more failures of Pakistan in the field of Information Technology. He believed that most of the areas especially in service sectors of public organization continue to be deprived of Information Technology. Government has not been able to launch enough automation projects in the country. Main emphasis of all those involved in IT sector seems to be in the export of software before attaining required level of experience/expertise which may possibly be achieved through working on local projects.

Pakistan as yet not included in the list of world class quality software providers. Multimillion projects supported by World Bank for computerization of State Bank of Pakistan has been awarded to foreigners rather than local software houses. Working in projects of such a nature and magnitude could have provided opportunities to acquire practical knowledge." He said: "Government must pay heed and take concrete steps to enhance the awareness and usage of I.T in the country to keep pace with the globe."


In the last Vice-Chancellor said in his presidential remarks that the lecture was comprehensive and informative as it took us from antiquated computers to current and future ones. Investment in social development is investment in knowledge and human resources are having edge over material resources. We will try tooth and nail to make our human resources friendly and familiar with the latest jargon of computer." The Seminar ended with the vote of thanks by the Director, IBA.