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Fundamentals of Information Systems Paperback – January 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1133629627 ISBN-10: 1133629628 Edition: 7th

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133629628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133629627
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralph Stair received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of New Orleans, and Florida State University. He 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 has endowed the Ralph Stair Prize in Innovative Education at Florida State University. He also provided funding for the Stair-Harkrider scholarship and the Ralph Stair Prize in Academic Improvement at his high school in Wisconsin.

Professor George Reynolds brings a wealth of business, teaching, and writing experience to this book. He combines his business career that spans 4 decades working in government, institutional, and business IS organizations with his exceptional teaching skills to deliver a text that is both practical and focused on the needs of today's student. Professor Reynolds has taught IS at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University (Ohio), Miami University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Strayer University. 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. He has authored over two dozen successful textbooks addressing various aspects of information technology and business.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tatge on August 22, 2014
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I'm glad I rented the book and didn't buy it [that system, by the way, worked smoothly].
There are ideas of merit in here, and you do gain an appreciation for how organizations at a small and enterprise level cope with organizing their IT systems. There is a fair amount of time dedicated to acronyms that I suspect may be on their way out, if they aren't already [Executive Support System, Decision Support System, etc.]. Early on, there were some issues that made me wary:

--…"Sony's Wii, a videogame system…" [wrong company name]. This isn't a horrible mistake and possibly an easy one to make, but much of the book's writing has a repetitive wording/phrasing when backing up a concept: they tell you it's important, then it up by using a real-life anecdote with a company [hopefully accurate] and the term or idea being used. Any depth about /how/ or /what/ about the /application/ of the thing [like what would make it problematic, or when it could be done better or worse] is generally not explored. Here is an example I am making up:
"Inventory Management Systems, or IMS, help organizations keep an accurate count of their resources. FamousCompanyInc. used IMS to save _____dollars/cut costs/reduce waste/increase market share by ____ percent in 2004 [footnote]." And then it goes to something else.
There's nothing inherently wrong with this format, but the lack of depth [and the afforementioned typo about what company was actually responsible] made reading passages and subsequent chapters repetitive and less rewarding. This is less true with the case studies at the end of chapters, but our instructor didn't focus on these as much because they seemed more supplemental.

--An entire paragraph in an early chapter was reprinted word for word.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Croc Dundee on August 10, 2014
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A little boring but a mandatory IT read for a course. Return process worked well for this rental.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruben Rodriguez on February 24, 2014
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It is the book that I needed it, this was the cheapest way to get it, usually cost a lot more buying the book.
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