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by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

For the better part of our productive life, most of us are a part of one organization or another. The organization that we are part of may be very structured, like the armed forces or corporate entities or it may be loosely structured like a neighborhood cricket team. Even though organizations may be of different types, they have some common characteristics like the existence of a common goal/mission towards which each member of the organization works for, a plan or an agenda to make the goal/mission a reality and the utilization of resources to achieve the goal.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

Information systems can be manual but the compulsions of competition in modern business makes information systems run on information technology platforms. Information technology is a term used to describe a set of technologies that includes technologies from the domain of computer science and engineering, networking, electronics and telecommunication and other such domains.



 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

Planning is the key to success in developing a good IS. IS planning brings to focus the reason for existence of the IS and helps the developers to undertake the task of development of IS in a structured manner. Organizations undertake planning for IS for several reasons. Typically IS, plans have a hierarchy with different levels of management handling different plans.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

Organizations use several types of information systems to suit their needs. The various types of information systems that an organization uses may be classified into the following categories:



 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

The concept of quality has changed over time. The awareness about quality started in the early half of the twentieth century but back then quality was considered more of a technical issue and the onus of quality was vested in a department, which was called quality control department. As the name of the department suggests; quality was a control issue, and hence statistical quality control techniques were developed to keep a 'control' over the quality. However, with time and with Japanese influence, this concept has changed.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

A special class of systems dealing with the storage, processing and delivery of information is of special significance to business and is called information systems. When these information systems aid the management in taking decisions, they are then broadly classified as management information systems. These are special systems with unique characteristics.



 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

BCG Matrix is a simple tool. This tool is mostly used to understand and analyze business units and product lines. It was developed by Brucy Henderson of Boston Consulting Group. It is a powerful tool which can be used for resource allocation decisions in strategic management. Given below is a figure that represents the basic contours of a BCG matrix. This tool places business units/products/brands within four quadrants, based on their relative market share and market growth.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

Systems approach is widely used in problem solving in different contexts. Researchers in the field of science and technology have used it for quite some time now. Business problems can also be analyzed and solved using this approach. The following steps are required for this:

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

Systems have very specific common characteristics which help in its identification. They are:

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information and System Concepts

The degree of success of any information management initiative or intervention in an organization depends upon the approach of the management of the organization towards such an initiative. If the approach is short term and the benefits or objectives envisaged is too narrow, then the information system remains only of marginal value.



 


About Dinesh Thakur

Dinesh ThakurDinesh Thakur holds an B.SC (Computer Science), MCSE, MCDBA, CCNA, CCNP, A+, SCJP certifications. Dinesh authors the hugely popular Computer Notes blog. Where he writes how-to guides around Computer fundamental , computer software, Computer programming, and web apps. For any type of query or something that you think is missing, please feel free to contact us.



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