Mis Homework1 Essay

1115 Words Nov 15th, 2012 5 Pages
Chapter 1 Information Systems in Global Business Today


Can you run your company out of your pocket? Perhaps not entirely, but there are many functions today that can be performed using an iPhone, BlackBerry, or other mobile handheld device. The smartphone has been called the “Swiss Army knife of the digital age.” A flick of the finger turns it into a Web browser, a telephone, a camera, a music or video player, an e-mail and messaging machine, and for some, a gateway into corporate systems. New software applications for social networking and salesforce management (CRM) make these devices even more versatile business tools. The BlackBerry has been the favored mobile handheld for
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Scott Levy, Doylestown Hospital’s vice president and chief medical officer. Doylestown doctors also use the iPhone at the patient’s bedside to access medical reference applications such as Epocrates Essentials to help them interpret lab results and obtain medication information. Doylestown’s information systems department was able to establish the same high level of security for authenticating users of the system and tracking user activity as it maintains with all the hospital’s Web-based medical records applications. Information is stored securely on the hospital’s own server computer. D.W. Morgan, headquartered in Pleasanton, California, serves as a supply chain consultant and transportation and logistics service provider to companies such as AT&T, Apple Computer, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, and Chevron. It has operations in more than 85 countries on four continents, moving critical inventory to factories that use a just-in-time (JIT) strategy. In JIT, retailers and manufacturers maintain almost no excess on-hand inventory, relying upon suppliers to deliver raw materials, components, or products shortly before they are needed. In this type of production environment, it’s absolutely critical to know the exact moment when delivery trucks will arrive. In the past, it took many phone calls and a great deal of manual effort to provide customers with such precise up-to-theminute

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