Introductory Lecture Information Systems 2011.12


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Introductory Lecture Information Systems 2011.12

  1. 1. Information Systems Lecture 1 WELCOME<br />2011 October <br />with Colin Ashurst and with me<br />
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  3. 3. And we are…<br />
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  5. 5. 1. Exploring impact of emerging technology and systems<br />2. Developing a business case<br />3. Evaluating a benefits driven portfolio<br />
  6. 6. Project based group assignment<br /><br />
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  8. 8. Coming up…<br />
  9. 9. Asking you to watch things like this<br /><br />
  10. 10. An event that will happen someday soon. You will look into a computer screen and see reality. Some part of your world – the town you live in, the company you work for, your school system, the city hospital – will hang there in sharp colour image, abstract but recognisable, moving subtly in a thousand places (1992: 1). <br />David Gelernter (1992) Mirror worlds or the day software puts the universe in a shoebox<br />
  11. 11. Think critically about…<br />Life cycle model<br />Development and implementation problems<br />Systematic power<br />Exploratory power<br />Validity <br />Reliability <br />Frameworks for action<br />
  12. 12. Which one do you mean?<br />Carvalho (2000) identifies four types of objects that can be viewed as information systems:<br /> <br />IS1: Organisations (autonomous systems) whose business (purpose) is to provide information to their clients.<br /> <br />IS2: A sub-system that exists in any system that is capable of governing itself (autonomous system). The information system (IS2) assures the communication between the managerial and operational sub-systems of an organisation – that’s its purpose. When this communication is asynchronous, a memory to store the messages is necessary. IS2 includes such memory.<br /> <br />IS3: Any combination of active objects (processors) that deal only with symbolic objects (information) and whose agents are computers or computer-based devices – a computer-based system.<br /> <br />IS4: Any combination of active objects (processors) that deal only with symbolic objects (information).<br />Carvalho, J.A. (2000) “Information System? Which One Do You Mean?” in Falkenberg, E., K. Lyytinen and A. Verrijn-Stuart (Eds.), Information Systems Concepts: An Integrated Discipline Emerging (Proceedings of the ISCO 4 Conference, Leiden, Holland, 20 -22 September 1999).<br />
  13. 13. S Alter. 2008. Defining information systems as work systems: implications for the IS field<br />[PDF] from - European Journal of Information Systems-<br />
  14. 14. To evaluate the outcomes<br /><br />
  15. 15. Forthcoming sessions<br />Themes<br />Social media and Web 2.0 as a driver for content<br />Dynamic information and co-developer innovation – a Generation C?<br />Principles of a benefits-driven approach<br />Networked enterprise and information management<br />Engage: Including portfolio<br />Explore: Part I benefits introduction; <br />Part II benefits drill down<br />A mystery session tbc<br />The business case and benefits realisation plan <br />
  16. 16. Guest speaker, Friday 2nd March 2012<br />Lecture on: Information requirements and design and project frameworks<br />
  17. 17. Recommended areas of interest<br />The roles of users and consumers; employers and employees; public industry and commercial enterprise… <br />
  18. 18. There will be none of this.<br />
  19. 19. Key reading<br />Ashurst, C. Agility: Making Innovation and Change Happen.<br />The kindle edition is available from<br />For your final Year 3 dissertation <br />Hardey, M. 2011. Ubiquitous Connectivity: Chapter 5 User-Generated Data and the Role of the Researcher. In The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research . Hesse-Biber, S.N. New York: Oxford University Press. 111-132.<br />
  20. 20. Ward, John and Daniel Elizabeth (2006) Benefits management: delivering value from IS and IT investments. Wiley<br />Highsmith, Jim (2004) Agile Project Management. Addison-Wesley <br />
  21. 21. LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE MODULE<br />By the end of the module – you will be able to:<br />Understand the sources of value from information systems<br />Be able to apply a range of approaches to identify opportunities for information systems in an organisation<br />Understand issues involved in setting priorities for investments in information systems investments<br />Appreciate aspects of the skills required to design and implement an information system<br />Image<br />