Chapter 1 - IT For Business and Business Professionals
Why IS Matters
- In 2004, RIM exceeded two million active BlackBerry users
- By April 2009, RIM reported having 25 million users
- By 2012, there will be over 60 million users
- Facebook launched in 2004, Twitter in 2006
- Radio and Television took decades to evolve, Internet took less than a decade
- Organizations and individuals must keep up with these rapid technology changes or
risk becoming obsolete.
- Information technology (IT) is a key enabler to all organizations and impacts all busi-
- Knowledge work involves the discovery, analysis, transformation, synthesis, and com-
munication of data, information, and knowledge. Impossible without technology.
- In 1965, Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel, observed a significant trend in the ad-
vancement of technology that...
- Computing power (as measured by the maximum number of transistors in an integrat-
ed circuit) roughly doubles every 18 months.
- Connected the notion of underlying changes in the pace of technology with consumer
access to lower cost and higher performance computing over time.
- Helped create a new technology revolution, leading to the introduction of the personal
- Thus the industry became hyper-competitive and one of the most productive and inno-
vative industries in the world.
What is an Information System?
- Information System (IS) is and organized collection of people, information, business
processes, and information technology (IT), designed to transform inputs into outputs, i
order to achieve a goal.
- Enhance work, decision making, problem solving, communicating, and coordinating.
The Productivity Zone
- The intersection of people, process, and technology.
- Businesses achieve superior productivity and enhance their competitive advantage. Chapter 1 - IT For Business and Business Professionals
- Has become an integral part of personal and business lives: communication, informa-
tion, and commerce.
- Provides newsgroups, chat rooms, bulletin boards, text messaging, email.
- Information Overload is when there are too many websites, which calls for search en-