Just as Business Information Systems takes a problem solving approach to the subject, the book itself is organised as a series of problems and solutions, each one showing how the theory is relevant to current business and business issues. The book starts with a basic introduction to information systems, following which a series of problems are presented which explore the key issues in more depth. These problems are designed to be solved by thinking in a business information systems type of way, with many of the solutions being tested in subsequent case studies. Any additional tools required are provided to help the reader solve the problem. Finally, the book concludes with a summary and a series of questions to consider for further study.
As well as being an enthusiast about information systems, I'm also an experienced IT manager. In that time I've had a lot of experience in managing, delivering and implementing information systems, as well as dealing with information systems themselves. So I see information systems first hand and have a working knowledge of the subject. By publishing this book, I hope that it will help others to understand what information systems are and how they can be used to solve problems in business.
As a result of my years of experience in IT architecture, I have a real passion for the subject. Information systems are a wide ranging subject, that covers the very basics of information to include hypertext, relational databases, and the most advanced tools to manage the data and queries they generate. This book aims to demonstrate the value of information systems through business cases, allowing people to get real world examples and data, which they can test and refine through their own experiments.
Information systems are a widely applicable topic, so I've tried to include the most useful material to stimulate student and professional interest, as well as to provide a thorough study of the subject. I also aim to provide an insight into the culture and practice of information systems, so students and practitioners can gain a better understanding of one another. By addressing the most challenging problems and showing practical ways of solving them, you can gain a real understanding of what information systems are and how they can be used to solve problems.
Business Information Systems is written in an accessible and plain language, with an emphasis on the application of information systems theory to the daily business challenges of business managers. The text is illustrated throughout with examples drawn from a range of real-world situations.
Making use of business examples and case studies, this text uses a problem-solving approach to each of these issues, providing practical advice which will help readers to develop a solid framework for undertaking their own information systems management activities. 827ec27edc