Introduction to Information and Management Systems
Gain a deep understanding of information systems and their key components with this free online data management course.Publisher: Saylor Academy
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Information and management systems inform most business decisions and strategies today and their importance cannot be overstated. This free online course begins with a definition of ‘information systems’ before providing an outline and brief explanation of their components, including new technology like network communication. We conduct a critical review on the role of information systems in making organizations competitive and analyze a case study of Walmart’s success. The course also debates whether organizations should treat information systems as a commodity or an investment. We contrast the ‘people component’ and ‘processes component’ and illustrate their relation to business management.
The course then defines ‘management information systems’ and details their various types and everyday use. We discuss the progression of phases in information systems over the years: the Mainframe Era, the PC Revolution, Client-Server, the World Wide Web and e-commerce, Web 2.0 and the Post-PC era. We unpack how these phases influenced each other during various transitions over the years before investigating contemporary cloud computing.
This course analyzes the components of information systems and examines their historical transitions and impact on businesses, organizations and individuals. We explain the ingrained relationship between information systems and successful organizational management. Francis Bacon declared that ‘Knowledge is power’ and this course can help you to harness yours.Start Course Now
Introduction to Information Systems
Introduction to Information Systems - Learning Outcomes
What is an Information System?
Can Information Systems Bring Competitive Advantage?
Introduction to Information Systems - Lesson Summary
Management Information Systems
Management Information Systems - Learning Outcomes
What is a Management Information System?
The Role of Information Systems
Management Information Systems - Lesson summary
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Define an ‘information system’
- Identify its components and their role
- Outline the basic history of information systems
- Discuss technology as a component of an information system
- Distinguish between hardware, software and data in an information system
- Provide examples of hardware, software and data in an information system
- Demonstrate how information systems can lend one a competitive advantage
- Define the term ‘management information System’
- Unpack their use with examples
- Describe the role of information systems in organizations
- Detail the various phases of advancement in information systems
- Describe the characteristics of the ‘Post-PC’ world
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