Thinking Skills are some of the most valuable skills you can learn today. The reason is simple. While in the past, people went to work for their manual skills, today they go to work for their mental skills. We live in an Information Age, no longer an Industrial Age. That’s why brain has replaced brawn, and strength in thinking has replaced strength in muscles. No matter what kind of business you work for, nor what kind of job you do, today you are expected to apply a range of thinking skills to the work you carry out. This includes using...
Chapter 1 - The information age in which you live: Changing the face of business. This chapter define management information systems (MIS) and describe the three important organizational resources within it - people, information, and information technology; describe how to use break-even analysis to assess the financial impact of information technology; describe how to use Porter's Five Forces Model to evaluate the relative attractiveness of and competitive pressures in an industry.
Chapter 4 - Analytics, decision support, and artificial intelligence: brainpower for your business. After completing this unit, you should be able to: Compare and contrast decision support systems and geographic information systems, describe the decision support role of specialized analytics like predictive analytics and text analytics, describe the role and function of an expert system in analytics,...
Chapter 8 - Protecting people and information: Threats and safeguards. This chapter include objectives: Define ethics and describe the two factors that affect how you make a decision concerning an ethical issue; define and describe intellectual property, copyright, Fair Use Doctrine, and pirated software; define privacy and describe ways in which it can be threatened.
Module A - Computer hardware and software. This chapter include objectives: Define information technology (IT) and its two basic categories: hardware and software; describe the categories of computers based on size; compare the roles of personal productivity, vertical market, and horizontal market software; describe the roles of operating system and utility software as components of system software; define the purpose of each of the six major categories of hardware.
Module D (Office 2010 Version) - Decision analysis with spreadsheet software. This chapter define a list and a list definition table within the context of spreadsheet software and describe the importance of each, compare and contrast the Filter function and Custom Filter function in spreadsheet software, describe the purpose of using conditional formatting, define a pivot table and describe how you can use it to view summarized information by dimension, describe the purpose of using Goal Seek.
Module J - Implementing a database with Microsoft Access. Identify the steps necessary to implement the structure of a relational database using the data definition language provided by Microsoft Access, demonstrate how to use the data manipulation subsystem in Access to enter and change information in a database and how to query that information, explain the use of the application generation subsystem in Access to create reports and data entry screens.
Economic forces in mass media markets result in the undersupply of diverse sources of information, inadequate production of investigative "watch dog" news and the exercise of market power by media owners.
· Increasing commercialism, concentration, consolidation and conglomeration undermine the ability of newspapers, television and the Internet to promote the robust exchange of views on which a vibrant democracy depends.
South Africa’s challenge in the information age is to produce content reflecting the strength of our diverse culture while developing skills and access to access the invaluable resources: knowledge and information. This paper analyses government policy regarding information technology through speeches, policy debate and policy documents in the absence formal policy processes. 0%About the Author/s Leo van Audenhove holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Science from the Free University, Brussels (VUB), and in 2002 he obtained a PhD in the Social Sciences. His thesis was entitled Th...
Because of the fast-evolving nature of technology and the issues and opportunities faced
by public-sector managers as they wrestle with the information age, it is perhaps not
surprising that this second edition of the Handbook of Public Information Systems
contains approximately two thirds new material, including a whole new section on
e-government. I wish to thank all those in government service, schools of public administration,
and elsewhere who contributed to this volume, either directly or as reviewers.
National Defense University's Directorate of Advanced Concepts, Technologies and
Information Strategies (ACTIS) and School of Information Warfare and Strategy (SIWS)
are pleased to inaugurate a new series of publications by the National Defense University
Press intended to explore the evolving relationship between the law and information
Chapter 2 - Major business initiatives: Gaining competitive advantage with IT. After completing this unit, you should be able to: Define supply chain management (SCM) systems and describe their strategic and competitive opportunities, define customer relationship management (CRM) systems and describe their strategic and competitive opportunities, explain the significance of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software as the integration of functional software systems.
Chapter 3 - Databases and data warehouses: supporting the analytics-driven organization. The goal is for you to learn: List and describe the key characteristics of a relational database, define the five software components of a database management system, list and describe the key characteristics of a data warehouse, define the five major types of data-mining tools in a data warehouse environment.
Chapter 5 - Electronic commerce: Strategies for the new economy. This chapter include objectives: Define and describe the nine major e-commerce business models, identify the differences and similarities among customers and their perceived value of products and services in the B2B and B2C e-commerce business models, compare and contrast the development of a marketing mix for customers in the B2B and B2C e-commerce business models,...
Chapter 6 - Systems development: phases, tools, and techniques. After completing this unit, you should be able to: Define the traditional systems development life cycle (SDLC) and describe the seven major phases within it, compare and contrast the various component-based development methodologies, describe the selfsourcing process as an alternative to the traditional systems development life cycle,...
Chapter 7 - Infrastructure, cloud computing, metrics, and business continuity planning: building and sustaining the dynamic enterprise. In this chapter, students will be able to: Describe how a service-oriented architecture can be used as a philosophical approach to help the organization of the future meet all its IT-related needs, define and describe the various hardware and software infrastructure considerations in an organization.
Chapter 9 - Emerging trends and technologies: Business, people, and technology tomorrow. Learning objectives of this chapter include: Define the various types of technologies that are emerging as we move toward physiological interaction with technology; define the various types of technologies that are emerging as we move toward physiological interaction with technology; define and describe emerging technologies that, while purely technology, can and will impact the future.
Module B - The world wide web and the internet. After completing this unit, you should be able to: Define the relationships among Web site, Web site address, domain name, Web page, and uniform resource locator (URL); explain how to interpret the parts of an address on the Web; identify the major components and features of Web browser software; define Web 2.0 and its many technologies including wikis, social networking sites, blogs, RSS feeds, and podcasting;...
Module C - Designing databases and entity-relationship diagramming. After studying this chapter you will be able to: Identify how databases and spreadsheets are both similar and different; list and describe the four steps in designing and building a relational database; define the concepts of entity class, instance, primary key, and foreign key; given a small operating environment, build an entity-relationship (E-R) diagram.
Module E - Network basics. After completing this unit, you should be able to: Identify and describe the four basic concepts on which networks are built and describe what is needed to set up a small peer-to-peer network at home; describe the components used to build large business networks and define and compare local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and metropolitan area networks (MANs); compare and contrast the various Internet connection possibilities;...