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Discussion questions

9 May, 2016 - 09:58
  • Describe the four components of an information system. Why is it important to consider each of them when designing and installing an information system?
  • Under what circumstances might it be wise for a start-up entrepreneur to postpone investing in computer-based information systems for the organization?
  • What are the major options you have for obtaining hardware, software and support from IS professionals?
  • Define a “software suite”. What are the advantages of using a software suite instead of a number of stand-alone software applications?
  • When should you consider using database management software instead of a spreadsheet?
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of open source software applications for a start-up organization.
  • What are the objectives of a Website? Who benefits the most from your organization’s web presence?
  • When having a web presence what is the single most important objective? What is the greatest risk to a website?
  • Give at least three examples of organizations that have used IS in innovative ways to gain competitive advantage. For each example, which of Porter’s framework elements does it illustrate?
  • What are the three general approaches for setting an organization’s IS priorities? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • Why is it important for start-up entrepreneurs to pay attention to IS risk management?
  • How do managers decide how much attention and resources they should devote to IS risk management?