Information System Business Problem Dimensions

CheckPoint: Information System Business Problem Dimensions
May 25, 2010

What are the three dimensions to business problems? Provide examples of each.

    The three dimensions to business problems are organization, people, and technology. Organization refers to how a company operates to achieve goals it sets. It uses its culture and business processes to complete business as efficiently as possible. This is done while strengths and weaknesses are realized and acted upon. People make up another possible problem. An organization needs to either train or hire skilled individuals to work the specific jobs needed to achieve the desired goal of the company. A business is only as good as the people who work there and run it (Laudon & Laudon, 2008).

      Lastly, technology needs to be utilized for the input and deciphering of information the organization will amass. It must be up-to-date and run by qualified individuals to be as problem-free as possible. A company can invest in the newest equipment, but if it doesn’t hire the right people it will not be used correctly or resourcefully as hoped. The organizations business processes will help steer the other two dimensions toward a competent work environment.

What is the difference between IT and information systems? Describe some functions of information systems.

    Information technology (IT) is the hardware and software used by a company to satisfy its desired growth. It is computers, disk drives, operating systems, and other computer programs (Laudon & Laudon, 2008). Information systems (IS) use the IT and skilled personnel to collect the information needed by the company to complete daily duties required by the company.

    One of the functions of an information system is to allow employees and other people in the company to become information competent. That is, for them to be able to collect use and disburse the information to the rest of the company. The old information is analyzed and...