Unit 23 Reading Activity Plus Questions

Read the following text and then complete the activities that follow.

Top 15 American IT Companies

For some reason, most of the large IT companies in the world are American. For instance Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. As an IT professional, you are expected to know about big IT corporations, revenue, profits, budgets, and other economic matters.


Because these things affect your capacity to perform your tasks. The economy tends to go in cycles. In an up cycle, you will get resources to build or improve systems. In a cycle you will be pressured to cut spending and possibly even lay off staff. This is business as usual" and nothing to get excited about. Over the span of your career you will experience many up and down economic cycles.


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Quiz: Reading Questions

1. The author of the article is pretty sure he knows why most of the largest IT companies in the world are American.
2. The author thinks it's not important for programmers to know about the financial status of Fortune 500 IT companies.
3. Laying off employees is a pleasant task for managers in a business down cycle.
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