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COM 331 Chapters 1, 2, 3 - COM 331 Chapter 1 Summary Notes...

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COM 331 – Chapter 1 Summary Notes General and Functional Managers Individuals in organizations who have responsibility to lead a functional area or a business, can no longer abdicate their right, and duty, to be involved in information systems and IT decisions. They should act in partnership with the firm’s information systems and technology professionals. Information systems Skill set required of general and functional manager pertains to decisions about identifying opportunities to use information technologies to the firm’s advantage; planning for the use of information systems resources; and managing the design, development, selection, and implementation of information systems. While end-user skills are an important asset for any knowledge worker, the critical skills for modern managers relate to the organizational, not personal, uses of information technology. CIOs Chief information officers -leading figures in information systems and technology function - increasingly being selected from the functional and managerial ranks rather than from the technology ranks Moore’s Law -effects have led to increasingly powerful yet cheaper computing power, declining costs of computer memory, and a dramatic improvement in the ease and breadth of use of digital devices -increasingly available network connectivity and storage capacity, improved battery life for portable devices, and the proliferation of intelligent devices have contributed to dramatically changing the business and social landscape Chief Information Office (CIO) The individual in charge of the information systems function Digitization The process by which content and processes become expressed and performed in digital form End User Those individuals who have direct contact with software applications as they use them to carry out specific tasks Information System Formal, sociotechnical, organizational system designed to collect, process, store, and distribute information Information Technology Hardware, software, and telecommunication equipment IT Professionals Those employees of the firm who have significant technical training and are primarily responsible for managing the firm’s technology
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assets Manager A knowledge worker of modern business and not-for-profit organizations who is in charge of a team, or a functional area, or the entire organization of a business unit Polymediation The process of convergence of multiple digital devices into one Chapter 2 Summary Notes Information System -designed and built with the objective of improving the firm’s
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