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INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS

 

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BIS 221 Week 1 participation Introduction to Information Systems, Ch. 1: Introduction to Information Systems
 
Computer-based information system

 

Hello all,

A computer-based information system (CBIS) is an information system that uses computer technology to perform some or all of its intended tasks. Although not all information systems are computerized, today most are. For this reason the term "information system" is typically used synonymously with "computer-based information system.

 

What are the components of computer-based information systems?

 
 

IT and quality-of-life

 

Hello all,

What are some of the quality-of-life improvements made possible by IT?  Has IT had any negative effects on our quality of life?

 

 

An informed user?

 

Hello all,

What are the benefits of being an informed user of information systems?

 

 

Why Should I Study Information Systems?

 

Why Should I Study Information Systems?

 

 

 

BIS 221 Week 1 participation Introduction to Information Systems, TG 1: Hardware
Human data input devices and source data automation?

 

Hello all,

What are the differences between human data input devices and source data automation?

 
Hardware Components?

 

Define hardware and list the major hardware components.

 

 

 

BIS 221 Week 1 participation Introduction to Information Systems, TG 2: Software
What is an Operating System?

 Hello All,

Describe the functions of the operating system.

 
Why is software licensing important to organizations?

 One of the toughest decisions for IT departments to perform is to decide if they will develop (build) or purchase software. Software vendors have developed methods of marketing their products such that it may appear that a company will be allocating resources properly toward a particular software package.  If the company is not clear on its expectations and how they intend to establish, maintain and then run the software, the end-users may find themselves dissatisfied and with a system that is useless at worst and one with problems at best.  Another issue is the end-users who will be using the software.

 

End-users can be difficult to entirely satisfy, especially when specifications are not clearly defined or have not been verified and agreed upon in advance. Once we know and agree upon the final technical specifications we encounter the challenges of final selection based on initial and subsequent costs and other factors.

Why is software licensing important to organizations?

 

Ppen source software

Describe the advantages and disadvantages of open source software.

 

Writing Papers 

When writing a paper here is the formula I use. What do I mean by formula? Just that you follow a step-by-step process. Here is an example: Figuring out what you are going to write about; brainstorming and background reading; developing a thesis; creating a first draft; and refining the draft.

As you write be sure to pay attention to the details. Some of those important details include:

1) Grammar;

2) Spelling;

3) Punctuation;

4) Structure;

5) Word usage; and

6) Syntax and semantics.

 

Step one: Prewriting is your draft of thoughts. It is the step where you assemble and organize your ideas so will understand what you are going to write about.

Step two: Create a tentative thesis statement and topic sentences.

Step Three: Do your research and collect supporting information.

Step Four: Write your paper:

Introductory paragraph. A typical Introduction consists of three parts:

· Motivator - the hook sentence that attracts the reader

· Thesis - a sentence that states your main idea or belief, which you are to prove and support when writing your essay.

· Blueprint - a quick review of what you are going to talk about.

Supporting paragraphs. Supporting paragraphs provide facts that prove your thesis.

· Topic sentence - the one that tells the readers what the paragraph is about. It also has to correspond to your thesis.

· Supporting sentence. It provides your topic sentence with background support. By doing so, your entire paragraph unfolds and strengthens your essay paper thesis.

· Concluding statement. The one that signalizes that this paragraph is over. Even though concluding statement summarizes the point, you need to give your reader a smooth shift from one part to another. That's why paragraph writing has to be wrapped up with a transition sentence - the one that softly introduces a new sub-topic.

Conclusion. A summary of what you have already done. Good essay writing always gives a reader something to think about.

Step Five: Formatting, title page, and references page.

Step Six: Spell-check, proofread, correct and finalize.

Comments? Do you have any tips?

 

 

BIS 221 Week 1 participation Week 1 Electronic Reserve Readings
Capturing business value with social technologies

From selling home-made jewelry, cakes, to reselling vintage items found in car boot sales

 

 

BIS 221 Week 1 participation Films on Demand Videos
Watch the following videos:

"Internet Research: What's Credible"
"Search Engine Optimization"
"Increasing Website Traffic"
"Communication via Email"
"Invisible Touch Screens"
 

 

BIS 221 Week 1 Most Challenging Concepts
Recall the readings and activities you have completed this week and describe the one or two points that were least clear to you. What questions do you have that would help you understand these points better?
 

 

BIS 221 Week 2 participation Introduction to Information Systems, Ch. 4: Information Security
Information Security?

Hello all,

Define information security. What is the difference between a threat, an exposure, and a vulnerability?

 
 

BIS 221 Week 2 participation Introduction to Information Systems, Ch. 10: Information Systems Within the Organization
ERP

Hello all,

What is ERP? Please describe its functionalities.

 
Functional area information system?

Hello All,

It does not matter in what you major, at some point in your career, you will be involved at some level in the design or implementation of an information system where you work. We all need to understand that there are very few off-the-shelf system packages that will meet all the needs without (1) making changes to our business process, or (2) making changes to the package so that it will work with the business' existing processes. When a business does not come to grips with this when considering a new information system, the system has the potential to fail.

 

Those of us involved need to consider a new information system from three perspectives. (1) The vanilla approach, where the business implements a standard ERP package, using the package's built-in configuration options. When the system is implemented in this way, it will deviate only minimally from the package's standardized settings. This can make the implementation quicker, but the extent to which the software is adapted to the organization's specific processes is limited. (2) The custom approach, where the business implements a more customized system by developing new functions designed specifically to meet their needs. Decisions concerning the degree of the system's customization are specific to each organization. To utilize the custom approach, the organization must carefully analyze its existing business processes to develop a system that conforms to the organizations particular characteristics and processes. This approach can become expensive and risky because computer code must be written and updated every time the vendor releases a new version. If the customization does not perfectly match the needs of the business, then the system can be very difficult to use. Or (3)?The best of breed approach combines the benefits of the vanilla and customized systems while avoiding the extensive costs and risks associated with complete customization.

 

In the end, no matter what you do in your career, you will come in contact with and more than likely depend on an information system to do your job.

 

All, What is a functional area information system?  What are its major characteristics?

 

 

BIS 221 Week 2 participation Introduction to Information Systems, Ch. 11: Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain Management
 

Barcodes or RFID?

Hello All,

Many firms now use RFID and sensors for food and beverage tracking versus using bar codes. The RFID and sensor system allowed officials with readers to determine whether a food had been subjected to temperatures outside a specified range, rather than just reading a bar code to determine that the correct food was in the correct box.  But RFID is much more expensive than an ordinary, printed barcode. Do you see more replacement of barcodes with RFID?

 
RFID

Hello all,

What are potential problems with using RFID tags throughout Airbus's parts supply chain?

 

Customer-facing applications and customer-touching applications? 

Hello all,

This chapter discusses the various aspects of building long-term customer relationships through Customer Relationship Management (CRM).  Customer relationship management (CRM) is an organizational strategy that is customer-focused and customer-driven.  That is, organizations concentrate on satisfying customers by assessing their requirements for products and services, and then providing high-quality, responsive service.  CRM is not a process or a technology per-se; rather, it is a way of thinking and acting in a customer-centric fashion.  Two major aspects of CRM are operational CRM and analytical CRM. Operational CRM is the component of CRM that supports the front-office business processes.  These processes are those that directly interact with customers; that is, sales, marketing, and service.  Whereas operational CRM supports front-office business processes, analytical CRM systems analyze customer behavior and perceptions in order to provide actionable business intelligence.  The chapter concludes with a look at additional types of CRM, which include mobile CRM, on-demand CRM, and open-source CRM.

CRM is critical to the success of modern businesses as customers are supremely important to all organizations and CRM builds sustainable long-term customer relationships that create value for the company as well as for the customer.  That is, CRM helps companies acquire new customers, retain existing profitable customers, and grow the relationships with existing customers. The customers are the core of a successful enterprise, and the success of the enterprise depends on effectively managing relationships with them, which CRM allows them to perform. Regardless of your particular job, you have either a direct or an indirect impact on your firm's customers.  Therefore, it is important that you possess a working knowledge of CRM.

 CRM builds sustainable long-term customer relationships that create value for the company as well as for the customer.  That is, CRM helps companies acquire new customers, retain existing profitable customers, and grow the relationships with existing customers. The customers are the core of a successful enterprise, and the success of the enterprise depends on effectively managing relationships with them, which CRM allows them to perform. It works by developing and leveraging customer touch points. Customer touch points include telephone calls, email, chat sessions, promotions, and the company web site.  Anywhere a customer comes in contact with the organization is a touch point.

 

What are the differences between customer-facing applications and customer-touching applications?

 

Operational CRM and analytical CRM?

Hello All

What is the relationship between operational CRM and analytical CRM? What are some of the functions of analytical CRM?

 

 

BIS 221 Week 2 participation Films on Demand Videos
Watch the following videos:

"Optimizing Air Traffic"
"App Security Breaches"
"Predictive Policing"
"New Media Privacy Issues"
 
 

BIS 221 Week 2 Learning Team Collaborative Discussion: Ethics and Privacy in Information Security
Prepare for the Week 2 Ethics and Privacy in Information Security Individual assignment.

Discuss with your learning team the criteria and decision process you would use for making hardware and software purchases.  

Use the following scenario as a basis for your discussion: A local private school has aging hardware and software in its classrooms. Students, teachers, and parents have complained and are asking the school's directors to purchase new technology to better prepare students for life after graduation.

In your learning team, determine the process and the criteria you would use to select new software and hardware for the classrooms. Use the following questions as a guide.  

What steps are needed to select a brand and model?
What criteria should be applied to making the best software choices?
How will you determine what needs to be done to ensure security and privacy for the new computers?
How will you describe the rationale for your choices and the benefits to the students, teachers, and school?
 
 

BIS 221 Week 2 Most Challenging Concepts
Recall the readings and activities you have completed this week and describe the one or two points that were least clear to you. What questions do you have that would help you understand these points better?
 

 

BIS 221 Week 3 participation Introduction to Information Systems, Ch. 8: Wireless, Mobile Computing, and Mobile Commerce
 
Smart Phones

Hello All,

This week, we discuss how wireless technologies are used in the work environment. Although wireless technologies are blossoming in industry, there are some risks to consider, such as security. With the infusion of iPhones®, iPads®, PDAs, Bluetooth® devices, and other mobile devices, the potential to increase productivity in the workplace is available. However, there is risk associated with this capability. We must weigh the benefits of mobile computing against the risks that technology can present. 

In what ways have In what ways have smart phones that incorporate wireless technologies changed the business landscape?

 
Location-based tools?

Hello all,

You can use location-based tools to help you find your car or the closest gas station. However, some people see location-based tools as an invasion of privacy. Discuss the pros and cons of location-based tools. 

 

Medical information on the Web

Hello All,

IT has really improved healthcare practices. Medical personnel use IT to make better and faster diagnoses and to monitor critically ill patients more accurately. IT also has streamlined the process of researching and developing new drugs. Expert systems now help doctors diagnose diseases, and machine vision is enhancing the work of radiologists. Surgeons use virtual reality to plan complex surgeries. They have also used a surgical robot to perform long-distance surgery by controlling the robot's movements. Finally, doctors discuss complex medical cases via videoconferencing.  New computer simulations recreate the sense of touch, allowing doctors-in-training to perform virtual procedures without risking harm to an actual patient. 

Is the vast amount of medical information on the Web a good thing?  From the standpoint of a patient? From the standpoint of a physician?

 

 

BIS 221 Week 3 participation Week 3 Electronic Reserve Readings
 

BYOD

Hello all,

While IT departments are struggling to keep up with technology changes, company employees increasingly want to use their own devices to access corporate data. It's part of a growing trend dubbed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which encompasses similar Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) and Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) initiatives. All of them have evolved to empower workforces through the so-called "consumerisation of IT". As part of this consumerisation, BYOD encourages company employees to work on the device they choose - accessing corporate email on their iPhone or using a Google Nexus to view text documents. The goal is increased productivity and reduced costs. But BYOD also has a down side. If not fully understood and regulated, it can threaten IT security and put a company's sensitive business systems at risk. Does your workplace support BYOD? How is it working?

 
Steps of a Spreadsheet 

Hello All,

The ability to organize, calculate, and evaluate quantitative data is one of the most important skills needed today for personal, as well as managerial, decision making. Regardless of what type of quantitative analysis you need to do, you can use a spreadsheet to help you maintain data and perform calculations. You can use formulas to help you analyze how results will change as the input data changes. Having multiple worksheets in one workbook is helpful to keep related items together. Apply different formats to accentuate meaningful details or to draw attention to specific ranges in a worksheet. Finally, worksheets in the workbook should always be prepared for printing.

What are the steps you would use to create an Excel spreadsheet?

 

 

BIS 221 Week 3 participation Films on Demand Videos
Watch the following videos:

"Against the Motion: David Weinberger"
"Internet Communication"
"Online and Mobile Business Marketing"
"Wireless Protection"
 
 

BIS 221 Week 3 Learning Team Collaborative Discussion: Wireless Technologies Paper
Prepare for the Week 3 Wireless Technologies Paper Individual assignment.

Discuss with your learning team some of the wireless technologies used in public places or places where people congregate (airports, restaurants, coffee shops, universities).

Consider the increasing number and variety of locations where wireless technologies are available as well as the pervasive use of smart phones, GPS, automobile systems, etc.

Consider the expanding range of applications available to users in these devices.
In your learning team, play the role of a business, government, or non-profit organization wanting to communicate and interact better with customers/clients using wireless technologies.  

Develop answers to the following questions as you work to create your new customer interaction plan:

Describe the types of messages needed (e.g., advertisement, loyalty offers, new services announcements, transaction updates).
Research 3-5 options for using wireless technologies to form a channel for reaching customers/clients with the messages.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages, limitations and risks for each wireless technology choice.  
Rank the options according to their advantages, disadvantages, risks and limitations.

 
 

BIS 221 Week 3 Most Challenging Concepts
Recall the readings and activities you have completed this week and describe the one or two points that were least clear to you. What questions do you have that would help you understand these points better?
 

 

BIS 221 Week 4 participation Introduction to Information Systems, Ch. 9: Social Computing
 
YouTube

If you were the CEO of a television network, how would you combat YouTube?

 

Differentiate between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0.

Hello all,

Differentiate between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0.

 

Tiger Tans and Gifts

Hello all,

After reading the opening case, Tiger Tans and Gifts describe other actions could Lisa take on Facebook to "get the word out" about her custom gifts? Does Lisa really need a Web site for her business, or is her Facebook page sufficient? Hint: Can she take orders via her Facebook page?

 

BIS 221 Week 4 participation Week 4 Electronic Reserve Readings
 
Anything but PowerPoint 

Hello All,

As I read the article "Anything but PowerPoint", the title caught my attention because I am a fan of PowerPoint. Right off the bat it mentioned that there are many other presentation tools that are better than PowerPoint in more ways than one. I agree that Microsoft's PowerPoint is expensive, but I personally get my money's worth and I have never been disappointed by the program. In the article there were five alternatives which include: Haiku Deck, Kingsoft Presentation Free 2013, Pixxa, Prezi, and SoftMaker Presentations Mobile. The only one I have experience with is Prezi. I like how it is such a different layout. With the use of Prezi, the presentation is unique, but I believe it is not fitting for every type of situation where a presentation is needed. Does anyone have any experience with any of the alternatives?

 

Cloud computing

Hello all,
Define cloud computing

 

 

BIS 221 Week 4 participation Films on Demand Videos
Watch the following videos:

"What is Presentation Software"
"Comprehensive Social Media Strategy"
"Facebook"
"LinkedIn"
"Monitoring Social Media"
"Technology and Social Change"
 
 

BIS 221 Week 4 Learning Team Collaborative Discussion: My Personal and Professional Story
Prepare for the Week 4 My Personal and Professional Story Individual assignment.

Discuss with your learning team your personal and professional goals for the next 10 years.  Use the following questions as a guide for your discussion.

Note: When describing goals, make them S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, Time-bounded)

What are your three most important goals for your personal life over the next decade?
What are your three most important goals for your professional life over the next decade?
What are your career ambitions (Industry or profession, level in organization, type of work)?
What are some of the ways you can use technology to help you reach your personal and professional goals?
What are some of the ways you can use social networking to help you reach your personal and professional goals?
 
 

BIS 221 Week 4 Most Challenging Concepts
Recall the readings and activities you have completed this week and describe the one or two points that were least clear to you. What questions do you have that would help you understand these points better?
 

 

BIS 221 Week 5 participation Introduction to Information Systems, Ch. 2: Organizational Strategy, Competitive Advantage, and Information Systems
 

A "flat world" and your standard of living? 

Hello all,

What does a flat world mean to you in your choice of a major?  In your choice of a career?  Will you have to be a "lifelong learner"?   

It means that you need to think about who across the world you might be competing against.   You not only will have to think about those in your immediate vicinity, but due to the far reaching impact of the new global, Web-based platform which will continue to grow, you will be competing with anyone who has access to a cell phone or a computer. You clearly will be a lifelong learner since there will be new devices, new applications and new ways in which they are used.  Anyone who stops learning will be left behind very quickly..

 

What might the impact of a flat world be on your standard of living?

 
Competitive Forces and the Value Chain 

Describe Porter's value chain model.  What is the relationship between the competitive forces model and the value chain model?

 

Sustainable competitive advantage. 

Hello All,

Discuss the idea that an information system by itself can rarely provide a sustainable competitive advantage.

 

Business process reengineering

Hello All,

In today's interconnected world we have access to so much information that it is often overwhelming for managers to know where the best data resides, and how to access it. With the advent of sophisticated computer systems, managers can now view a worker's Internet use by the click of a button.  Managers can see what products are selling and what products are not.  This information can be used to better help management run the day-to-day operations of a business. 

It is important for us to understand that there is a great need for managers to understand what is involved with IT because of the interdependence that exists between the business and technology used. Technology is slowly evolving into open systems. This means that industries now expect information technology solutions to be seamlessly interconnected and upgradeable. A good example of this the way the medical industry is having to automate their patient records. Businesses that can upgrade their systems can save millions of dollars not just on equipment costs, but save money by not having to retrain customers or employees on new system interfaces when they are implemented.  

All, 

What is business process reengineering? How is it different from business process improvement?

 

BYOD

Hello All, Does your employer allow BYOD? What are the advantages of allowing employees to use any mobile device to connect to the corporate network? The disadvantages?

 

 

BIS 221 Week 5 participation Films on Demand Videos
Watch the following videos:

"How 3D Printing Will Change the Way We Make Practically Everything From Guns to Pastries"
"Brain-to-Brain Interface through Computers"
"Dentist: Looking at the Future"
 
 

BIS 221 Week 5 participation Article Search
Search the University Library for emerging technology as it relates to your career or an industry you are interested in. The article must be from the last 6 months.  

Share the article with the class and discuss why you find this article interesting. 

 

The Next Big Technology? 

Hello all,

What do you believe will be the next new technologies to have a big impact on society? Why?

 
 

BIS 221 Week 5 Learning Team Collaborative Discussion: Emerging Technology
Prepare for the Week 5 Emerging Technology Individual assignment.

Research emerging technologies used now or soon to be used by organizations to enhance their competitive advantage or value to clients.

Discuss with your learning team emerging technologies you found in your research and emerging technologies you have used or have seen used by organizations. In your discussion, develop answers to the following questions:

What changes are these technologies making in the way people interact with these organizations?
What changes are these technologies making in the way people interact with each other?
What new services and products exist now or are emerging from the use of these technologies?
What value do these technologies bring to organizations, their clients, employees, other stakeholders and society as a whole?
What problems and risks do you see from the use of these technologies?
 
BIS 221 Week 5 Most Challenging Concepts
Recall the readings and activities you have completed this week and describe the one or two points that were least clear to you. What questions do you have that would help you understand these points better?
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