Reflection on Unit 1 – Lecture 1
What is Information Systems?
What are the most significant things I have learned during this session?
(Kreps, 2016) explains the following:
Data is captured in various ways, using a keyboard or mouse. In its raw state as numbers and letters, data is useless and has no meaning.
To become information, data must go through a restructuring system of some kind to make it meaningful.
Information used in business decisions is important and often rare.
While information is important it must entered accurately, stored safely, maintained correctly, made available to authorized people and when no longer important, archived and then deleted.
Information in a business must be relevant, accurate, available in timely cycles, concise, yet with enough detail to assist in decision making and reduce confusion.
Information systems in academia were initially positivist (mathematical, quantitively) then with the social sciences influence on the discipline, it became interpretivist (qualitative, social) and lately, it is critical with tendencies towards ‘greener IT’.
Legal issues of privacy, intellectual property and data security. Business IT strategy must comply with the country in which the business is trading.
The speed at which Information Technology advances creates challenges for most businesses.
Examples of new technologies which are or will disrupt businesses in the future. Mobile computing, Big Data, Artificial intelligence, Internet of things, Cloud computing, Platform as a service, Infrastructure as a service and Software as a service, E-commerce.
What question(s) remain uppermost in my mind?
What does the business process model represent?
Differences between information systems and information technology?
Is there anything I did not understand?
Pragmatic processes versus rigorous paradigms.
Kreps, D. (2016). Information Systems (February 2019) Lectures. Retrieved from https://campus.college.ch/courses/syllabus/2918