From the Author
In order to understand the academic discipline of Business Information Technology (BIT) it is essential to understand how the domains of information systems (IS), information technology (IT) and organisational structures integrate within the business environment. The study of BIT relates to that part of the computing domain which intersects with the business domain; and involves all aspects of the building and maintenance of IT-based information systems at all hierarchical levels of a business organisation.
A business information technology professional in the Information Age is required to understand the nature of business competition and be able to work with business specialists to achieve IT-based solutions to an organisation's information problems. Business information technology is a global subject of study, evidenced by the fact that business systems and information technology is taught as rigorous academic disciplines in over 100 Universities and Colleges around the World. The subject is particularly prevalent in Australasia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
It is hoped that this book, along with the supplementary material and the instructor's manual, will contribute to a better understanding of the interaction of information systems and technology within the business domain.
From the Back Cover
Longman Modular texts in Business & Economics is a new series of textbooks tailored to the needs of hard-pressed students and lecturers. Each book provides a lively and accessible, yet authoritative, introduction to the core disciplines of modern business & management degrees.
Information - about a company's performance, its customers, competitors and the business environment - is the lifeblood of every modern business. Developments in computer and communications technology are not just increasing the quantity of information available to decision makers but the very nature of that information and decisions based upon it.
Business Information Technology is an introduction to one of the most dynamic, exciting and challenging areas of study within business and management. The book can be used by students starting a degree in business information systems, or taking a module as part of a general business studies program. It describes how technology is being used to gather, interpret and communicate business information, at an ever more sophisticated level.
Assuming no prior knowledge, this text describes the basics of computer and communications technologies in a clear style, to a level that all future managers will require. The main emphasis of the book is placed upon how current and future technology developments are providing 'end-user' systems to assist all levels of management decision making.
Clear focus on information,rather than data, and its use in business
A thorough explanation of information systems, analysis, design, implementation & evaluation
Clear description of the application of information technologies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of information systems in organisations
Rich in Activities, Cases and Questions.
'Did You Know' and 'Pause For Thought' features help bring the text to life.