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Managing Information Technology (7th Edition) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0132146326 ISBN-10: 0132146320 Edition: 7th

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  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132146320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132146326
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This practical text gives business managers--the users of information technology systems--all the tools necessary to best exploit information technology. Written for MBA and advanced undergraduate students, the book uses real cases and coverage of the key technology to show the prospective business manager (1) how to evaluate the IS (information system) organization, and (2) how to be a partner in managing data, information, and systems. Managing Information Technology, Second Edition, also takes students beyond the responsibilities of individual managers; it outlines issues of concern to organizations--to broaden students' perspective on using information technology strategically. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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-X, MARTIN et al, Managing Information Technology: What Managers Need to Know, 3E*/ Providing an up-to-date treatment of information technology management that is not written for information systems professionals only, this widely used book prepares readers to be effective exploiters of computer/communications technologies now and in the future, and illustrates topics with over two dozen original information technology management case studies. Places 27 original, substantive, real-world information technology management case studies at the ends of Chapter 1 and the four major parts of the book (Information Technology, Applying Information Technology, Acquiring Information Systems, and The Information Management System) that illustrate a wide variety of key issues in information technology management. Focuses on the information technology resources (computers and microelectronics, networks, software, data, and people) that organizations provide and alternative approaches to managing them; the opportunities and pitfalls provided by these technologies; and what the user-manager, and the systems professional, need to know to make effective use of these technologies. Comes completely rewritten and reorganized for greater clarity and a more focused plan of approach, with updated and streamlined chapters, plus two new chapters on electronic commerce and the social, ethical, and political issues surrounding the use of information technology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I ordered this book because I needed it for class.
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Furthermore, this book is generally written very poorly, I'm not sure the editor actually read anything.
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Thank it was a good deal i would reccomend this for anyone who needs that book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michel Beaulieu on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I like the book because it tells so well where the Information technology is coming from. A strong plus is the excellent collection of case studies provided. This is the best part of the book. By themselves, they are worth the purchase of the book.
Part I of the book, is a review of the technology base and provides the MIS literacy required for the rest of the text. For a current practionner, it can be skipped over without missing much.
Part II presents the application of IT. It covers all the bases but would benefits by an update to include the most recents developments. Particularly, the e-commerce section is too general to be very useful in this new century.
Part III covers the acquisition process very well.
Finally Part IV would be a good introduction to another book about strategic planning for IT.
Overall a good textbook for a would be Manager in a fast moving field.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Frederika on January 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is literally the worst textbook I've ever used in my entire academic career. This book is jam-packed with jargon ("utilize"), acronyms (e.g.,"ERP," a term that the book does a poor job defining), and slashes. By slashes I mean, do you know how IT consultants love to use two synonymous words when one would suffice? For example: "I love/like to go jogging/running to the store/market."
My MIS professor was a moron, however, so it's understandable that he would choose this book. IF YOU ARE A PROFESSOR WHO IS NOT A MORON, DO NOT MAKE YOUR STUDENTS SUFFER THROUGH THIS BOOK. Thanks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Brian Dunson on December 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
No way! There is no way that this book is worth (the money)! As usual, the college textbook market continues to drastically inflate the price of textbooks. Some textbooks are useful at least as a reference...not this one. While it does contain all of the latest buzzwords, if this is what we are arming the leaders of tomorrow with...
Buy it if you must for a class, however, keep your receipt and prepare to get ripped off at buyback time!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This text has a tendancy to give misleading information or entirely incorrect information. Even in the most basic concepts, the authors misuse terms or create terms used nowhere else in the IT industry. The authors relay their lack of understanding for basic computer concepts in this supposedly 2001 updated edition.
As an example for those who are literate in IT, the authors make statements such as "virtual memory is used only on larger computer systems". Got a 6 year old computer running MS Windows? You've got virtual memory.
If you wish to learn about IT, please find another book written by authors who understand the field, not business professors.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Consider the following statement from page 256. Here's some "early lessons" from the "new economy":
Dot-com startups as well as clicks-and-mortar strategies can be viable for B2B for B2C ecommerce if the applications leverage Internet technologies AND a marketplace strength.
Aren't you glad you bought the book? You ALSO need a marketplace strength to be successful, not just the Internet stuff. Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herp Dee Derp on July 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As another reviewer noted, this book is horribly inaccurate in many places. Let's take for example, on page 88 the authors manage to completely confuse the OSI model with the TCP/IP protocol, and then goes on to say we don't use the OSI model in the networking field.

First of all, in the networking world there are two reference models we use to describe how networks communicate - the TCP model and the OSI model. We almost always use the OSI model and rarely if ever the TCP model in the real world - strike one. Second, they refer to it as the protocol when they are discussing reference models. Yes, TCP/IP is the name of the protocol suite that devices use to talk to one another (which actually encompasses a bunch of other protocols as well even though they aren't mentioned in the name) but don't muddle it with the TCP/IP model which is rarely used conceptually for tasks like developing and troubleshooting - the OSI model is the gold standard for that.

Earlier before that they claim that Bill Gates said we wouldn't need more than 640k memory - Bill Gates never actually said this - it's just an urban myth that keeps repeating over and over. You'd figure a professional publisher would catch that, but they didn't.

Also look at page 252, they friggin cite wikipedia of all things. Nobody anywhere ever cites wikipedia in a properly researched document, let alone a college textbook. Oh and they seem to often confuse the terms tablet computer with notebook computer.

If your college course requires you to buy this textbook you'll probably need it to either answer questions or read the case studies. But beyond that, I wouldn't use this book for any actual learning as if you aren't already well versed in the subject matter, it could send you down the wrong path in many places.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Kotula on August 18, 2010
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This was a textbook for an IT class I took for my MBA. It was packed with historical information and gave me a better understanding how many of the old systems work. However, it is difficult to stay relevant in such a changing industry with a printed book.
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