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Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management for the E-Business [Paperback]

Paul Bocij , Andrew Greasley , Simon Hickie
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21 Aug 2008

A comprehensive introduction to the technology, development and management of business information systems. The book assumes no prior knowledge of IS or IT, so that new concepts and terms are defined as clearly as possible, with explanations in the text, and definitions at the margin. In this fast-moving area, the book covers both the crucial underpinnings of the subject as well as the most recent business and technology applications.

It is written for students on any IS, BIS or MIS course from undergraduate to postgraduate and MBA level within a Business or Computer Science Department.

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 4 edition (21 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027371662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273716624
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 19.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In order to run a successful business, today’s manager needs to combine business skills with an understanding of information systems and the opportunities and benefits that they bring to an organisation. Starting from basic concepts, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to:

  • understanding the technology of business information systems;
  • choosing the right information system for an organisation;
  • developing and managing an efficient business information system;
  • using information systems strategically to achieve organisational goals.


Taking a problem-solving approach, Business Information Systems looks at information systems theory within the context of the most recent business and technological advances. This thoroughly revised new edition has updated and expanded coverage of contemporary key topics such as:

  • Web 2.0
  • enterprise systems
  • implementation and design of IS strategy
  • outsourcing


Business Information Systems does not assume any previous knowledge of IS or ICT, and new concepts are simply defined. New business examples, case studies and web links are fully integrated throughout illustrating the relevance and impact of information systems in today’s business environment. In addition there are a wealth of questions and exercises both in the book and online at enabling students to test their understanding of key topics and issues.


This book is ideal for students on any courses related to business information systems or management information systems at undergraduate or postgraduate level.


About the authors

Andrew Greasley lectures in Information Systems, Operations Management and Simulation Modelling at Aston Business School, Aston University.

Paul Bocij has developed teaching materials for colleges and universities around the world and as a consultant he regularly advises a number of major organisations on IS issues. He is an active researcher and author of over twenty books.

Simon Hickie lectures in Business Information Systems in the University of Derby’s Derbyshire Business School. He is also a Senior Academic Counsellor and Head of Operations for the second year of the University’s Combined Subject Programme.

About the Author

Paul Bocij is an international IS consultant and is author of over 20 books. Andrew Greasley is Lecturer at the Business School, Aston University. Simon Hickie is Lecturer in Business Information Systems at the University of Derby.

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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is not up-to-date! 19 Sep 2011
Although it is the 2008 version of the book, there are lots of things inside the book which are not up-to-date...

- Many illustrations show hardware from the late 90ies
- Illustration on p.67 shows a desktop PC with "3 1/2 Floppy disk drive" and "Expansion bay for tape drives"
- The book uses 5 paragraphs describing PDAs, and only one sentence describing smartphones (p.72-73).
- Illustration on p.76 shows a ball mouse, not a laser mouse.
- Even the illustration on the front page shows an old iBook that has not been sold since early 2006.
- Pages 69-70 talk about "mainframe computers", "IBM-compatible" and "minicomputer". I'm not an expert, but aren't some of these words a little old-fashined? Page 70 also states that minicomputers are sometimes referred to as servers, which the authors claim can be confusing "since personal computers are also used as servers in some systems". Agian, I am not an expert, but this sounds not up-to-date for me... today the word server is used much more often than the word minicomputer.
- P. 71 describes different types of desktop computers: mini tower case, full tower case, micro case, server case...

Another thing I find strange, from page 92: "laser printers and inkjet printers have slightly higher cost per page than other types [of printers]". Hmm, my opinion is that b/w laser printers have the lowest cost per page of all printers... am I wrong?

Some of the information/illustrations in this book were not at all up-to-date when the book was published in 2008. The authors have to work harder to make an up-to-date version of the book.

Still, the book includes quite a bit of useful information - but I feel that I, as a non-IT-expert, can't trust which parts of the information is up-to-date, and which is not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Business information Systems 27 Feb 2013
By Beu
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Fantastic book. It got me through the UNI module like a dream. I used it for my Business school. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 18 Sep 2012
By KAhmed
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It is just one of the best academic IS books, good coverage of the topic, even for people coming from non-IT background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alot about everything 29 May 2007
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This book is brilliant for anyone doing a business or management course at university or someone who may want a broad insight into the working of information systems.

This is really a great reference book for many subjects that you may cover and contains alot of useful information. Its not really a book you read right through but having used it as somewhat of a dictionary I can say it is the most useful book I own or have read in regards to the 'Information Systems' subject.

Very much worth the cost and better and more comprehensive than any other IS book. Recommended by my university lecturers as a great text book for my BIS subject and now me as a great time saving mini library.
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