f2009.busmis.1060.midterm.review.notes

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We as instructors have four main learning objectives. We want you to be able to identify when a problem or better yet, opportunity, exists. We want you to develop your ability to actualize a solution to a problem or capitalize upon an opportunity. Those who are promoted are those who perform. Performance is often measured by taking stock about how an employee increased revenue, market share, quality, etc. With regards to avoiding and if necessary, addressing problems, this is a requirement for employment anywhere. We want you to be able to use basic information technology, such as the web, databases, and spreadsheets effectively and efficiently Finally we want you to be able to understand spreadsheets effectively and efficiently. Finally, we want you to be able to understand terms and concepts that are used everyday throughout the business world. These terms include concepts such as CRM, ERP, and SCM. 2
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We want you to be able to understand how to identify how information systems can help the corporation do more with less, do better, or do new things in the marketplace. To do this you need to understand basic technologies and have an idea about who the vendors are in these market spaces. In addition you need to be able to identify parts of the business that need help or that have the possibility to transform. Finally, you need to be able to be self reflective and evaluate whether information systems can actually solve the problem or capture the opportunity. 3
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Once you’ve identified how information systems can be applied to a business problem or opportunity, you still need to pay for it. Therefore, a significant part of your effort, when trying to use IS to address business problems and opportunities is making a sale to your organization and your boss so that they will pay for the project. One thing you can do in order to increase your chances of funding includes identifying all of the major things that can go wrong and figure out how these might be addressed if they do occur. This way, your funder will feel more comfortable with providing you the money to pay for your IS project. 4
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Finally, in addition to see opportunities and problems, understanding how IT may help, creating a business case, using IT effectively and efficiently in your own work, you also will need to understand the “lingo.” There are many, many terms that are used in virtually all businesses when people are talking about IS. You need to understand these words and concepts so that you understand what they are talking about and so that you can respond using their language. 5
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In addition to being able to see potential applications of information technology in order to make the business in general better, you will also need to be a proficient user of information technology. Therefore this course covers technologies you will use everyday in your professional life, whether you are in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, manufacturing, or information systems. These include using databases, the web,
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2009 for the course BUSMIS 1060 taught by Professor Robbins during the Fall '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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