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Principles of Information Systems, 11th Edition

  • Ralph Stair
  • George Reynolds
  • ISBN-10: 1133629660
  • ISBN-13: 9781133629665
  • 712 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2010, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Prepare your students with a solid understanding of the principles of information systems using today's most current, concise overview from leading authors Ralph Stair and George Reynolds. PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Eleventh Edition, relies on 14 captivating chapters to explore the core principles of IS and examine how it's practiced today. Students gain a strong understanding of the latest developments and their impact on the rapidly changing role of today's IS professional. As many as 140 new examples and references in each chapter keep the presentation as current as possible. New discussion focuses on the increased use of cloud computing throughout the world and the latest in mobile solutions and challenges in IS today. Students see, first-hand, how information systems can increase profits and reduce costs as they review new information on e-commerce and enterprise systems, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, green computing, and other issues reshaping IS today. Expanded material introduces the challenges and risks of computer crimes and hacking as well as cyberterrorism. This edition presents some of the most recent research on virtual communities and global IS work solutions as well as social networking. No matter what your students' career plans, PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Eleventh Edition, and its resources can help you equip future professionals to function more effectively as employees, decision makers, and leaders in business today.

Features

  • OPENING VIGNETTES REFLECT TODAY'S INFORMATION SYSTEMS AT WORK IN ACTUAL COMPANIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. Students are drawn into the chapter content as intriguing vignettes highlight familiar organizations, actual issues, and interesting IS challenges and issues facing today's U.S., foreign-based, and multinational companies.

  • "INFORMATION SYSTEMS @ WORK" SPECIAL INTEREST BOXES HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST TOPICS AND TRENDS. Lifted directly from today's leading headlines, these engaging "Information Systems @ Work" features focus on some of the most current topics and trends in IS. These feature boxes show students how to most effectively use information systems to further a variety of business careers.

  • "ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL ISSUES" SPECIAL INTEREST BOXES DEMONSTRATE THE CHALLENGES FACING PROFESSIONALS TODAY. Your students gain a better understanding of the numerous ethical challenges today's information systems professionals encounter. Students see, first-hand, how actual information systems professionals confront and react to today's ethical dilemmas.

  • CASE STUDIES EXPLORE PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR DILEMMAS IN REAL ORGANIZATIONS. Two new end-of-chapter cases provide a wealth of practical information for your students. Each case follows a real company or actual organization facing a problem or concept discussed in the chapter. You can assign cases for homework or use them to prompt meaningful class discussion.

  • THE LATEST, DETAILED COVERAGE PREPARES YOUR STUDENTS TO WORK WITH THE NEWEST DELIVERY MODEL IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS TODAY. Students study multimedia in business today. They examine application development for the iPhone®, iPad®, and similar devices as well as cloud computing to gain a strong background in the most recent technologies. This enables them to maximize the scalable, virtualized resources in this latest Internet-driven delivery model for IS.

About the Author

Ralph Stair

Ralph Stair has taught information systems at many universities throughout his academic career, including Florida State University, the University of New Orleans, the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. A well-respected author, esteemed researcher and leading educator, he has published numerous articles and popular textbooks, including SUCCEEDING WITH TECHNOLOGY, PROGRAMMING IN BASIC, and more.

George Reynolds

George Reynolds taught information systems at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University (Ohio), Miami University (Ohio), the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Strayer University. Professor Reynolds authored more than two dozen popular textbooks addressing various aspects of today’s information technology and business.

Table of Contents

Part I: AN OVERVIEW.
1 An Introduction to Information Systems.
2. Information Systems in Organizations.
Part II: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS.
3. Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices.
4. Software: Systems and Application Software.
5. Organizing Data and Information.
6. Telecommunications and Networks.
7. The Internet, Intranets, and Extranets.
Part III: BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
8. Electronic and Mobile Commerce.
9. Enterprise Systems.
10. Information and Decision Support Systems.
11. Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems.
Part IV: SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT.
12. Systems Development: Investigation and Analysis.
13. Systems Design, Implementation, Maintenance, and Review.
Part V: INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN BUSINESS AND SOCIETY.
14. The Personal and Social Impact of Computers.

New to this edition

  • UP TO 140 UPDATED REFERENCES AND EXAMPLES PER CHAPTER KEEP LEARNING AS CURRENT AS POSSIBLE AND REFLECT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN IS TODAY. Your students clearly see how information systems are effectively used today in both personal and professional settings with as many as 140 and no fewer than 50 new, recent examples and new references in each chapter. Each chapter has been completely updated with the latest topics and examples to keep students current with today's quickly changing technology and systems.
  • NEW INTRODUCTORY CONTENT (CHAPTER 1) EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF TIMELY INFORMATION AND POSITIVE IMPACT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS. Readers examine the emerging impact of Internet sites, such as Groupon®; the increasing popularity of Internet-based cloud computing; and the importance of smartphones and other mobile devices in IS today. Students examine augmented reality and review today's impact of faulty computer analysis and use of computers in contemporary crimes.
  • NEW SECTION ON INNOVATION (CHAPTER 2) STRESSES HOW INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARE USED TO INCREASE PROFITS AND REDUCE COSTS. Readers examine how companies, such as Procter & Gamble, use software to save money and streamline operations. An updated section on competitive advantage demonstrates how executives are looking for new ways to gain the business advantage using smartphones, tablet computers, and powerful applications for the latest devices.
  • NEW INFORMATION ON CAREER (CHAPTER 2) REFLECTS THE MOST PROMISING JOB OPPORTUNITIES. Students examine the advantages to becoming certified from a software, database, or network company and its direct impact on pay. They review Internet sites that post IS projects for hire and offer information and advice for people working on their own.
  • NEW CONTENT (CHAPTERS 3 AND 4) INTRODUCES THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE. This edition uses examples from a German financial services company, Facebook®, the Air Force, and more to illustrate the effective business use of virtual machines and cloud computing. Students learn to assemble computer systems that are effective, efficient, and well suited to specific tasks. New discussion highlights the ARM computer chip used in smartphones and tablet computers and today's latest Intel® 3D technology.

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