Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week 2: IST/710

Week 2 Reflection Question:

Implications and Conclusions

Each week, please post comments regarding implications and conclusions that you have drawn from your readings and class dialogues. Just select this note, and click Reply.

My response:

Lessons Learned

In all of the books, I learned that they all have the same themes, which are the fundamentals of IT and IS as it is pertinent to a corporation.  I did not notice much on the effects of educational systems though, however, each starts off with what can happen, the pros and cons, in information technology and the role of information systems.  Haag & Cummings discuss computer threats as well as the business strategy aspects, such as the Porter’s Five Forces Model, and frameworks that can enhance a business using information technology.  Each book discuss a little bit about the evolution of hardware and software.  Each book also continues on to show several case studies and business theory in IT and IS.  Haag & Cummings even displays the basics of what a database and website code looks like.  Much of what each book describes is simply good business strategies and theory in each industry of IT and IS to keep a business’s ideals and technology sustained.  Many of these strategies should be learned and enhanced as time goes on. 

Pros and cons

I like the breakdown of each book as it discusses the different models and theories.  I especially like how Laudon & Laudon display realistic business charts and ideas to emphasize the impact that IT could have on any business or organization, such as the discussion revolving around Apple products and strategic advantages.

The only things that I was only a little disappointed in were that some of the technologies discussed were a bit dated.  For example, in Haag & Cummings, the most popular browsers were Netscape, Internet Explorer, and FireFox.  Although they are noteworthy, being in the web technology business, I do not believe many people are using Netscape as much.  The most popular browsers that I am aware of for the Windows-based computers are Internet Explorer (Keynote, 2012) and FireFox but their versions are much higher now than what is in this book.  Also, Chrome and Safari outweigh Netscape as well.  Netscape lost its popularity in the early 2000s when FireFox allowed flexible addons for developers, and more security and control for its end-users.  Although this isn’t the only dated piece I have found, the books still use valid points and theories that should be used in IT businesses that I could continue to learn from.

Keynote, S. (1). World’s First Global Website Monitoring Service Using Internet Explorer 9 -- Now Available from Keynote. Business Wire (English).