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4: Data and Databases

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    Upon successful completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

    • Explain the differences between data, information, and knowledge;
    • Define the term database and identify the steps to creating one;
    • Describe the role of a database management system;
    • Describe the characteristics of a data warehouse; and
    • Define data mining and describe its role in an organization.

    This chapter explores how organizations use information systems to turn data into information and knowledge to be used for competitive advantage. We will discuss how different types of data are captured and managed, different types of databases, and how individuals and organizations use them.

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