Information Systems in Business

Information Systems in Business

True or False Questions:
1) Business processes are logically related tasks for accomplishing tasks that have been formally encoded by an organization. (1.5 POINTS)
2) Two computers using TCP/IP can communicate even if they are based on different hardware and software platforms. (1.5 POINTS)
3) A DBMS separates the logical and physical views of data. (1.5 POINTS)
4) A Skype conference call using VOIP and webcams is an example of a remote, synchronous collaboration tool. (1.5 POINTS)

5) Fiber-optic cable is more expensive and harder to install than wire media. (1.5 POINTS)
6) In general, the cost of hardware, software, and telecommunications for building and operating a Web site has fallen by over 50 percent since 2000. (1.5 POINTS)
7) Research has shown that only 25% of firms are able to align their information technology with their business goals. (1.5 POINTS)

8) A cookie is a small file containing information about you and your Web activities that is deposited on your hard disk by a Web site. (1.5 POINTS)

9) Protection for trade secrets is enforced at the federal level. (1.5 POINTS)

10) N-tier computing is a multi-tier, load-balancing scheme for Web-based applications in which significant parts of Web site content, logic, and processing are performed by smaller, less expensive servers located nearby the user. (1.5 POINTS)
Short Answer Questions:

11) A Web interface used to present integrated personalized business content to users is called a(n) ________. (1.5 POINTS)

12) A(n) ________ is a system that provides tools for the management of various types of employee education and training. (1.5 POINTS)

13) A(n) ________ is software that handles all application operations between browser-based computers and a company’s back-end business applications or databases. (1.5 POINTS)

14) An online arena in which participants bet on specific outcomes of popular events, such as elections or designs for a new product, is called a(n) ________. (1.5 POINTS)

15) The moral dimension of ________ is concerned with the standards that data and systems should achieve in order to protect individual rights and the safety of society. (1.5 POINTS)
16) Data ________ describes a situation in which the same attribute of a data entity may have different values. (1.5 POINTS)

17) ________ seeks to enhance human perception by combining a live direct view of the physical world with computer-generated images. (1.5 POINTS)

18) ________ is permission given with knowledge of all the facts needed to make a rational decision. (1.5 POINTS)
Essay Questions:

38) List three organizational factors that can prevent a firm from fully realizing the benefits of a new information system, and provide examples for each. (3.5 POINTS)

39) You have been hired by a small new Web design firm to set up a network for its single office location. The network is primarily needed for exchanging files, accessing and managing beta Web sites on their Web server, and connecting to the Internet. The firm hires many freelancers who come into the office on an ad-hoc basis and it does not have a lot of money to spend on infrastructure. What type of network will you recommend? (3.5 POINTS)

40) What is the difference between information technology and information systems? Describe some of the functions of information systems. (3.5 POINTS)

41) List and describe three main capabilities or tools of a DBMS. (3.5 POINTS)

42) What is the difference between a neural network, fuzzy logic, and genetic algorithms? Which would be most useful to an organization of astronomers analyzing gamma ray emissions reaching Earth? (3.5 POINTS)

43) Blogs, wikis, and social networking sites were designed for individuals to communicate with each other. What uses do businesses have for these tools? Give specific examples. (3.0 POINTS)

44) What is the most profound way in which e-commerce and the Internet have changed the relationship between companies and their customers? Support your answer. (3.5 POINTS)

45) Define the basic concepts of responsibility, accountability, and liability as applied to ethical decisions. How are these concepts related? (3.5 POINTS)

46) List and describe the five moral dimensions that are involved in political, social, and ethical issues. Which do you think will be the most difficult for society to deal with? Support your opinion. (3.5 POINTS)

47) Briefly explain why corporations are increasingly interested in using Unix or Linux for their operating system. (3.0 POINTS)

48) List and define the six ethical principles discussed in your text. (3.5 POINTS)

49) List and describe the seven major components of IT infrastructure. (3.5 POINTS)

50) Why are knowledge workers so important to the digital firm? What are their functions and which of these do you feel is most critical to the success of the firm? Why? (3.5 POINTS)