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1 Slide no : 1 ST3520 L1 MT L1 Information Systems & Technology Course Overview & Introduction

2 Slide no : 2 ST3520 L1 MT r Full year course î BESS î MSISS î MEMS î Visiting Students r 2 Lectures per week î Tuesday 2-3 (Walton) î Thursday 11-12 (LB08) Course Structure

3 Slide no : 3 ST3520 L1 MT r 1 individual assignment (25%) r End of year exam (75%) Assessment r Business Studies Intranet (BESS) r MSISS Intranet (MSISS) Lecture Notes

4 Slide no : 4 ST3520 L1 MT r Nina Bresnihan (course co-ordinator) Room 3.4, Westland Square, School of Computer Science and Statistics r Denise Leahy Room 2.3, Westland Square, School of Computer Science and Statistics r Dr. Simon McGinnes Room 131, Lloyd Institute, School of Computer Science and Statistics Lecturers

5 Slide no : 5 ST3520 L1 MT Information Technology for Management 6th Edition Turban, Leidner, McLean and Wetherbe. Wiley, 2007 Core Text

6 Slide no : 6 ST3520 L1 MT Supplementary reading (online) r Computerscope î r Computerworld î r ZDnet î

7 Slide no : 7 ST3520 L1 MT Supplementary resources (online) r Webopedia online î r Online dictionary of computing î r How Stuff Works î r TCD Library

8 Slide no : 8 ST3520 L1 MT After completing this course you should have a broad understanding of: r Why IS/IT is important; r The technical underpinnings of IS including: î hardware; î software; î Telecommunications, networks & Internet technologies î Database technology; r Process, data and information; r Management information systems r Decision Support Systems; r Analytics; r Data warehouses; r Business intelligence; r Basics of computer security and control; Course Aims

9 Slide no : 9 ST3520 L1 MT After completing this course you should have a broad understanding of: r An introduction to information technology ethics; r Introduction to e-business; r Developing business information systems; r Business information systems strategy; r Approaches to systems analysis and design; r End user computing; r IS/IT evaluation. Course Aims (continued)

10 Slide no : 10 ST3520 L1 MT Learning Objectives At the end of this term you should be able to: r identify the major hardware components of a modern IT system; r discuss the main characteristics of these hardware components; r specify the components needed for the purchase of a personal computer; r differentiate between the different types of software used in modern computers; r explain the role and function of different types of software; r discuss and explain the basic concepts in data communications; r discuss and explain the technology behind the Internet; r identify the type of database technology available today and discuss where each is appropriate.

11 Slide no : 11 ST3520 L1 MT Introduction to IS/IT Objectives are to: r Give a quick overview of: î the scale and pervasive nature of IT today; î difference between IT and IS; î the role of IT and IS in business; î the change in business use and perception of IT/IS. r Provide a background for the rest of the course.

12 Slide no : 12 ST3520 L1 MT Today r IT expenditure world wide estimated at $2 trillion dollars in 2003. r c 1 billion people worldwide connected to the Internet r 1.1 million internet subscriptions in Ireland. r 114% of population have mobile phones (4.8 million).

13 Slide no : 13 ST3520 L1 MT Why r Home PCs under €600. r Laser printers under €300. r IT/IS skills shortages?? r Half life of knowledge probably around 18 month to 2 years. r Interactive, user friendly, graphical interfaces. Browsers. r Global high speed computer networks. r Widespread use by non-technical people. Deep penetration into almost all organisations.

14 Slide no : 14 ST3520 L1 MT Why r Ireland a big player in IT Industry î European Operation Center u Microsoft u Symantec u IBM/Lotus u Google î Manufacturing/Sales u Intel u HP u Dell u Apple u Sun

15 Slide no : 15 ST3520 L1 MT Technology Versus Systems r There are no hard lines, but in general terms: r Information Technology is concerned what it is, i.e. with mechanics: î Hardware; î Software; î Storage technology; î Communications equipment. r Information Systems is concerned with what it does: î Operational-level systems; î Knowledge-level systems; î Management-level systems; î Strategic-level systems.

16 Slide no : 16 ST3520 L1 MT Information Systems r Operational-level systems: Information systems that monitor the elementary activities and transactions of the organization. r Knowledge-level systems: Information systems that support knowledge and data workers in an organization. r Management-level systems:Information systems that support the monitoring, controlling, decision-making, and administrative activities of middle managers. r Strategic-level systems: Information systems that support the long-range planning activities of senior management.

17 Slide no : 17 ST3520 L1 MT IT and IS in Business Today r IS/IT is fundamental to virtually all business, public and private today. r Many organisations could not now survive without IT: î Airlines; î Banks; î Utilities. r IT is moving goalposts: î ATMs and home banking; î Pay per view television; î Industries wiped out and new industries created. r Watch the hype?

18 Slide no : 18 ST3520 L1 MT What about your use of Computers?

19 Slide no : 19 ST3520 L1 MT How to Look Foolish... "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943. “We have one here at Cambridge; there is one in Manchester and there is probably a need for there to be one in Scotland as well, but that is about all.” Prediction made about computers in 1947 by Douglas Hartree, an English Mathematician. "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

20 Slide no : 20 ST3520 L1 MT How to Look Foolish... “ I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year.” The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957. “But what... is it good for?" Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977. Moral: If you want to be proved wrong - make a prediction about IT.

21 Slide no : 21 ST3520 L1 MT Summary r IT/IS is a vast business. r Modern business is highly dependent on it at both managerial and operational levels. r The speed of change in technology shows no sign of slowing. r It is subject to all sorts of: î Hype; î Misleading predictions; î Fashions/Flavours of the month.

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