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Information Systems : A Manager's Guide to Harnessing Technology Paperback – 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Flat World Knowledge, Inc.; Version 1.4 edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936126060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936126064
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FrenchBread147 on August 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have yet to find a textbook I liked, but this one isn't half bad. This is probably the best one I've read after over 100 credits. I do have a bias that I really like technology and find it interesting. If you like computers this textbook can be interesting, if not you picked the wrong class.

The real world examples are great and really help you understand how the topics connect to today's business world. This book is also very current with an entire chapter dedicated to Facebook and another for Google. And if you ever wanted to know how the internet really works, you'll actually understand after reading this book. I found the explanations of technology to be very easy to understand as well. The biggest strength of this book is the style of writing. It's not overly wordy or complicated (to me), just written in English as though the author was having a conversation.

I'm not sure what book the other reviewer was reading but I seem to have had the exact opposite experience. There are lots of subtitles, bold words, and vocabulary definitions. There are also review questions at the end of each chapter (which is where my professor got most of his test questions). I also have the black and white version, and the pages are made of standard book paper and are not at all shiny, which is great.
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I stumbled across an online version of this book, which allowed you to print off individual chapters, when I was trying to find something to help my non-techie manager understand terms like "application servers" and "web services" and all of that. It's hard to judge as I'm a techie, but it seemed to present the material in a straight-forward (if not at times perhaps a touch TOO simplistic) manner.

I read another section of a chapter about web site vulnerabilities, as our manager was having a hard time understanding why there might be security aspects with our code -- his logical assumption from a non-technical background was that you had to tell the system what you wanted to do, so you didn't have a lot of options.

I've not read the whole book, but the sections I went looking for seemed like they would be useful in presenting information to a manager who wanted to learn more, but wasn't sure where to look. There are sections on social media, distributed applications, e-commerce systems, what exactly programmers do when they 'write software', what open source software is and why it is, databases, cloud computing, and more.

So worth a look, in terms of content, I think.
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Format: Paperback
This book has few of the specific learning aids students have been taught to utlize. There are individual sections for each topic, which is helpful, but within each topic there are no subtopics, bold, underlining, or even vocabulary identification or definitions. An ok read, but if you have issues with small print, shiney pages, or if you need the extra help that comes from the use the above aids, you are on your own. Very informative otherwise.
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By Mark H on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read several chapters of this book and it does a great job of explaining information systems for anyone who might not have a strong IT background. The book uses relevant real-world examples that students will finding interesting (i.e. the chapters on Netflix and Facebook). As a current MBA student, this book has helped me tremendously to tie together aspects of IT and management that will undoubtedly play a role in my future career. I also appreciate that it is written in a very engaging style that keeps you entertained while learning. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to better understand the impact of information systems / information technology in the real world.
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