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Intro to Information Systems
Kurt Schmitz
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Date Created: 09/09/16
Intro to Info Systems Intro to Info Systems with Mr. Schmitz Unit Quiz Notes Module I I. Information Systems Components A. Data is the input and information is output in an information system. B. Data, hardware, software, networks, and people make up a computer­based information system. C. Transaction processing systems collect, store, update, and retrieve transaction data such as  employee payroll and sales. D. Management information systems­ provides performance based on results of TPS such as sales  data for lower to middle managers. E. Decision­support systems­ focuses on all phases of specific decision­making processes and are  used by middle to upper managers. F. Executive information systems­ supports strategic decision­making processes of top­level  executives and summarizes data from MIS and DSS.   II. Differences Between IT and IS A.  Things such as hardware, software, data, and networks make up  information technology     B.   People, processes, hardware, software, networks, and data comprise the six major components of a computer based information system. 1. Competitive advantage, globalization, opportunities for the disabled can be considered positive impacts on life that information technology has had. 2. Alternatively, the cost of technology upgrades, misinformation, and digital  divide are negative impacts of the increase of use of information technology. III. Roles of IS in Business A. One of the major functions in business includes marketing and sales where planning, promoting,  and selling of goods and services happen to satisfy customer needs. B. In productions and operations the range of activity goes from receiving raw material to shipping  finished goods or from production itself to equipment maintenance. C. Financial assets and financial records are maintained in accounting and finance departments. D. Recruiting, training, and maintaining employees and their records is where human resources is  involved. E. Note that managers consider structure of the organization, environment, culture, and politics  when deciding to implement a new information system. IV. IS Competitive Strategies A. A strategic information system is created to meet a specific business goal and to provide  a competitive advantage. B. Five Forces Model Include: 1.) Competitive rivalry­ threat of new entrants is high when few barriers prevent  competitors from entering a business. 2.) Threat of Substitute Products­ If a lot of choices for consumers exist, then this threat  is high. 3.) Bargaining power of customers­ when consumers have many options from which to  buy a product the threat is high. 4.) Bargaining power of suppliers­ when suppliers have control of their bargaining power  this creates a threat. 5.) Intensity of competitive rivalry­ when there are many competitors in an industry, this  threat is high. V. Enterprise System Benefits A. Enterprise resource planning systems­ tightly integrate functional areas such as  accounting, finance, project management, inventory control, purchasing, human resources,  customer retention, sales, and marketing into one single, comprehensive system. B. Customer relationship management systems­ merge marketing with business processes  to strengthen customer relationships and organize customer information. C. A supply chain management system is where businesses work together to create a  product. D. Knowledge management is the process of sharing knowledge among people for benefits. Module II I. Hardware and Digital Systems Evolution A.) Evolution of computing goes from mainframes to minicomputer to microcomputers. B.) Integrated circuits contain sets of electronic circuits on a chip. II. Hardware Components A.) Are the inner parts of the computer and external components like the mouse. B.) The basic operations in the information processing cycle are: input, output, process, and  storage. C.) The CPU is the brain of the computer and executes commands and processes operations. D.) A microprocessor is an integrated circuit that is over a computer’s instruction cycle. E.) A multicore processor is a chip with multiple, independent, CPUs. F.) Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles every  two years. G.) RAM is the computer’s primary, but temporary storage for data and instructions. III. Computer System Uses A.) Virtualization is assigning part of a computer system to run different operating systems. IV. IT Global Implications A.) Offshoring is the strategy of having tasks performed by companies in other countries using information technology. B.) Synchronous communication is communication is two­way communication while  asynchronous is one­way communications. C.) Factors to consider when outsourcing a job are cultural incompatibility, language barriers,  and perceived lack of talent. V. Digital Architecture Trends A.) Radio frequency identification enables a company to track merchandise or inventory by  radio frequency. B.) Data mining is an analytic process in which large amounts of data are searched and  analyzed in order to find trends or patters. C.) Cloud computing is where a “virtual organization” can be created because data and  programs can be shared regardless of a user’s physical location. Module III I. Telecommunications Components  A.) Telecommunication is the process of exchanging information between various entities over electrical, electromagnetic, or digital networks. Able to transmit data, voice, and video over long distances. B.) Wide Area Networks­ are interconnected through the Internet using IP protocol, or through private networks and even though the POTS. C.) Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol is the standard communication rule of the  Internet. D.) A network protocol designed to handle broadband integrated services such as voice and  video is called asynchronous transfer mode. E.) A network host is a computer or a physical node, with an IP address connected to a  network. F.) Internet Service Providers offer services to the business to gain access to the Internet  through paying for it. G.) A network host is a node in a data communications network and is assigned an IP  address. H.) A core router is used to aggregate data and connect the enterprise to the Internet in the  backbone in order to handle large amounts of traffic. II. Current Telecommunication A.) Data packets include destination address, relay information, and error detection. B.) The ability for a telecommunication network to carry voice, data, and video is  convergence. III. Internet Technical Foundation A.) A communication protocol is defined as a set of rules that allow communication systems to interact.  B.) An IPv4 address has 4 bytes that equal 32 bits. C.) The domain name system converts unique IP addresses to domain names. D.) Hypertext Transfer Protocol is the communications protocol at the foundation of all  communication of the World Wide Web. E.) Voice over Internet Protocol enables use of a telephone, but only with a high speed  Internet connection instead of a standard telephone circuit connection. This also can  reduce phone charge for businesses. F.) A virtual private network is a secure tunnel though the Internet using a public network  infrastructure. With encryption and Internet connection the software connects remote  users or entire remote office to a centralized corporate network. IV. Internet Enables Business Processes A.) Companies use their systems to communicate with suppliers and vendors to manage their  inventories and the use an extranet to accomplish this. V. Wireless Technologies in Business A.) Sniffing is the act of eavesdropping on network traffic in order to acquire traffic data  packets and decoding. B.) Spoofing attacks occur when network access is obtained without authorization and cone  occur on both wired and wireless networks. C.) Denial of service attacks are a means to disrupt, interrupt, or suspend services of an  Internet host computer and are common threats to business and government websites. VI. Benefits and Risks of Wireless A.) LAN networks are simple to install because there is no cable installation through walls or  ceilings. They also support the mobility of the on­site workforce, which increases  productivity. B.) Wireless sensor networks are location or spatially distributed sensors that emit wireless  signals with specific information and are used to monitory physical or environmental  condition in pro C.) Radio frequency identification technology is used in logistics and inventory management  applications whereas wireless sensor networks   


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