It is very common news to hear the companies getting into trouble for different reasons. Most of these reasons have a common denominator- ethics. In today’s world, the need of maintaining a high ethical standard is such as it was never felt before. It is the need of present IT professionals.
It is very difficult to find ethics among the IT professionals in the present world.
Many agencies have the tendency to charge its client according to an hourly rate. It is a standard practice and is good for many companies. However, “time management” is an area which can include unethical practices which can take place on the client’s expense.
For example, if a company is paid for the amount of time it spends with or for its clients then the consultant will try to take much longer amount of time to deal with the clients so as to make better profits. Some of the clients from all over the world have also complained against such activities.
His can happen due to two reasons: 1) the consultant was unknown about the problem beforehand and came to talk to the client empty minded on the problems. 2) The consultant is trying to increase the interaction time so as to make most out of the client intentionally.
Ethical web development is important for the clients as well as the IT professionals. It takes a lot of time and effort to develop a new software application. IT professionals are in a huge amount of pressure to release a bug free product at the least of expenses.
Due to the time and money crunches, it is tempting many professionals to use pirated copies of software and software with violated license. There have been many cases in the past where IT professionals from very large companies have violated the laws and have used pirated software.
In order to reduce these problems, the business software alliance (BSA), a Washington based software industry acts as a watchdog group against the companies and its employees who violate software copyrights.
The companies are also taking preventive measures to unable its professionals to violate such laws. Some common rules and regulations or guides that the IT professionals are made to follow are-
1) IT professionals must be aware of software licenses.
2) Penalties that the employees will face if they violate these laws, in addition to the penalty that the company has to pay due to the employees deeds.
3) Professionals should be aware of the frequently asked questions about software use.