Upon successful completion of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Define what an information system is by identifying its major components;
- Describe the basic history of information systems;
- Discuss the role of and the purpose of information systems; and
- Explain why IT matters
This chapter provides an overview of information systems and their components, including the history of how we got where we are today.
- 1.1: Introduction
- Defining an information system is from two perspectives: What components make up an information system, and how do they work together? What is the role of IS in providing value to businesses and to individuals in solving their needs?
- 1.2: Identifying the Components of Information Systems
- Describe the six major components of an information system and how they work together. Information systems include six major components: hardware, software, network communications, data, people, and processes.
- 1.3: The Role of Information Systems
- We describe a brief history of the evolution of the Information system from the 1930s to today.
- 1.4: Can Information Systems Bring Competitive Advantage?
- This section discusses the debate about information systems' role to develop and sustain firms' competitive advantage.
- 1.6: Study Questions
- Provide a list of study and exercise questions.