Computers continue to change every aspect of our lives from entertainment to shopping, from the work we do and where we do it, to how we communicate with friends, relatives, and business associates. As you can see from the opening vignette in the text, many businesses are remodeling their products and services to take advantage of expanded channel outlets such as the Internet, cell phones, and iPad and tablet devices.
This chapter gives you an overview of many of the subjects we’ll touch on in this course. It will help you understand how information technology is being used by many businesses worldwide to increase efficiency, save money, and create better relationships with …show more content…
Technology, to a large extent, has driven organizations to change the way they operate and that includes the way they manage. We’re going to take an in-depth look at how organizations work and how they’ve been transformed by technology.
What’s New in Management Information Systems?
It seems that changes in technology are never-ending. The use of technology now extends far beyond the simple desktop computer, especially in the business world. As the text points out, three interrelated changes are affecting companies worldwide:
• The emerging mobile digital platform • Growth of online software as a service • Growth of “cloud computing”
Table 1-1 in the text divides the changes in management information systems into three categories—technology, people, and organizations—and assesses the impact each change is having on businesses. The predominant theme in this table is the Internet and networking.
It may be a fun exercise to peruse the list and see how many of the changes you’ve had experience with.
Interactive Session: Organizations: Running the Business from the Palm of Your Hand (see page 8 of the text) describes the proliferation of mobile digital devices in businesses. Whether it’s a Blackberry, iPhone, or other mobile handheld device, organizations of