This book is divided into three parts. Part 1 discusses what an information system (IS) is and its components. Part 2 discusses how people use IS for personal and professional development, how businesses use IS to create and sustain competitive advantages, and how people build and support IS. Part 3 discusses the role of IS in globalization, the ethical and legal implications, and emerging trends of the future.
- Part 1 has six chapters. It discusses what an information system is and its components: hardware, software, data and databases, networking, and security.
- Part 2 consists of four chapters to examine how IT contributes to companies' competitive advantage, the business process, the people who build information systems and developing such systems.
- Part 3 has three chapters to discuss the opportunities and challenges due to the rapid rise of the internet, the ethical and legal implications, and the future information systems trends.