Information Systems: What Every Business Student Needs to Know (Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing)

Information Systems: What Every Business Student Needs to Know (Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing)

By: Efrem G. Mallach (author)Paperback

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Most information systems textbooks overwhelm business students with overly technical information they may not need in their careers. Information Systems: What Every Business Student Needs to Know takes a new approach to the required information systems course for business majors. For each topic covered, the text highlights key "Take-Aways" that alert students to material they will need to remember during their careers. Sections titled "Where You Fit In" and "Why This Chapter Matters" explain how the topics being covered will impact students once they are on the job. Review questions, discussion questions, and summaries are also included in each chapter to reinforce learning. The book is presented in four parts: *About Information Systems: covers general information systems concepts that students need to know as they learn about real-world information systems *Technology Fundamentals: supplies a foundation in information technology that fills the gaps most students have when they learn through trial and error *Information Systems at Work: details the nitty-gritty of how actual companies use information systems in the real word *Managing Information Systems: addresses the issues involved in selecting, developing, and managing information systems The text includes a running case study that follows two management information systems majors in college. As the two main characters study the information systems of a medical practice, students follow along and learn valuable lessons as they see how the case plays out. In addition to the running case study, each chapter also includes two mini cases that illustrate the concepts discussed in that chapter. Maintaining a focus on the essential concepts students must know before entering the business world, this book covers the subject of information systems in a manner that students will find accessible.

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Efrem G. Mallach , Adjunct Professor, Computer Information Systems, Rhode Island College; and Research Director, Kea Company.

Contents

PART I: ABOUT INFORMATION SYSTEMS Why Information Systems Matter in Business: And to You Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways Value of Information Systems and Information Systems What Is Information, Really? Legal and Ethical Information Use Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Case 1: Trusting A Spreadsheet Too Much Questions Case 2: Swissquote Questions References Role of Information Systems in Business Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways A Perspective On Information Systems Competitive Strategies Five Basic Competitive Forces Value Chain Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Case Questions Case 1: Using Social Media to Compete Questions Case 2: Pharmacy Processes Questions References PART II: TECHNOLOGY FUNDAMENTALS Information Systems Hardware Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways Computer Structure Switches: The Basic Hardware Building Blocks Computer System Components Computer Categories Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: The Green Grid Measures Energy Efficiency Questions Case 2: Meltin'Pot Deploys Blade Servers Questions References Information Systems Software Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways Software Concepts System Software Application Software Software Licensing Embedded Software Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 2: Rescuing Food Questions References Data, Databases, and Database Management Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways The Database Concept Operational Databases Databases for Decision Making Database Management Systems Database Security Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: Netflix Moves to Cassandra Questions Case 2: Mapping Aleppo Questions References Information Networks Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways Communication Links And Networks Communication Links And Devices Local Area Networks Wide Area Networks And The Internet Internet Applications Network Security Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: Connecting Remote Areas in Michigan Questions Case 2: Helping Mothers Have Healthy Babies in Ghana Questions References PART III: INFORMATION SYSTEMS AT WORK Integrating the Organization Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways History: Information Silos Functional Information Systems Transaction Processing Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Enterprise Application Integration Intranets Integrating Society Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: City Of Edinburgh Modernizes Questions Case 2: Serenic Accounting Software Questions References Connecting with Customers and Suppliers Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways E-Business And E-Commerce Customer Relationship Management Connecting Through Social Networks Supply Chain Management Extranets Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: AliMed EDI Questions Case 2: The Risky Supply Chain Questions References Making Better Decisions Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways Decision-Making Concepts Model-Driven Decisions Data-Driven Decisions Group Decisions Dashboards Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: Predictive Analytics And Yogurt Questions Case 2: Data Warehousing At Volvo Questions References PART IV: MANAGING INFORMATION SYSTEMS Planning and Selecting Information Systems Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways The Information Systems Steering Committee Setting Priorities Make Or Buy? Selecting Software After the Contract Is Signed Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: Muddle Through or Replace? Questions Case 2: Planning for Data Growth Questions References Developing Information Systems Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways Overview Of Software Development The System Development Life Cycle Approach Other System Development Approaches Managing The Development Process Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions Case 1: The Gendarmes Move to Linux Questions Case 2: Moody's And Aaron's Go Agile Questions References Managing Information Systems Chapter Outline Why This Chapter Matters Chapter Take-Aways Linking Strategy Information Systems Department Information Systems Jobs And Careers Managing Information Systems Security Key Point Recap Key Terms Review Questions Discussion Questions Springfield Metro Medical Associates Questions CASE 1: Underwater Data Centers: Should You Worry? Questions CASE 2: Snoops on The Inside Questions References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 05/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781482223705
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9781482223705
  • weight: 975
  • ISBN10: 1482223708

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