Readers gain with a solid understanding of the core fundamentals of information systems (IS) today in just nine brief chapters with Stair/Reynolds' FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 6E. Readers explore the key principles of IS with a captivating overview of the IS discipline and the rapidly changing role of today's IS professional. More than 50 new references in each chapter bring the latest IS topics and examples to the forefront, while new opening vignettes, cases and special interest features clearly demonstrate the emphasis today's organizations place on innovation and speed. Readers gain an understanding of cloud computing, forecasting and some of the most recent developments affecting virtual communities, virtual teams and work structures. It's the concise IS overview readers need to function more effectively as workers, managers, decision makers, and organizational leaders in business today.
Chief Inspector Morse is dispatched to Oxford to untangle a plot involving the death of the American who intended to donate a fabulous jewel to the Ashmolean Museum. Soon after, the professor who is hyping the receipt of the jewel is murdered, and the plot takes off on a giddy series of revelations tied to the professor's assorted drunken sprees and amorous liaisons among the Oxford elite. Unfortunately, the story seems overedited, and the reading by popular British actor Edward Woodward leaves much to be desired. Woodward plays a great Inspector Morse, and some of his other British voices are wittily done. However, every American voice sounds alike; read: Southern hick. Woodward's female voices are uniformly squeaky. Nonetheless, the story will keep listeners guessing, and Dexter is in top form. For large mystery collections.-Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, N.C.
Ralph Stair has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of New Orleans, and Florida State University. He also has taught several courses through Florida State University's Study Abroad Program in London. Throughout the years, Dr. Stair has focused his teaching and research on information systems. He endowed the Ralph Stair Prize in Innovative Education at Florida State University and provided funding for the Stair-Harkrider scholarship and the Ralph Stair Prize in Academic Improvement at his high school in Wisconsin. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Tulane University, and a PhD from the University of Oregon.
George Reynolds brings a wealth of business, teaching, and writing experience to this book. He combines exceptional teaching skills with a business career that stretches across four decades of working in government, institutional, and business IS organizations to deliver a text that is both practical and focused on the needs of today's student. The author of more than two dozen successful textbooks addressing various aspects of information technology and business, Professor Reynolds has taught IS at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University (Ohio), Miami University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Strayer University. In addition, he has held positions at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas; the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California; and Procter & Gamble and Atos IT Services in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Part I: INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN PERSPECTIVE. 1 An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations. Part II: TECHNOLOGY. 2 Hardware and Software. 3 Database Systems and Business Intelligence. 4 Telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, and Extranets. Part III: BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 5 Electronic and Mobile Commerce and Enterprise Systems. 6 Information and Decision Support Systems. 7 Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems. Part IV: SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUES. 8 Systems Development. Part V: INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN BUSINESS AND SOCIETY. 9 The Personal and Social Impact of Computers. Glossary. Index.