Description of Topic Categories

28 Jan

What is an Information System?

For example why are information systems important to organisations?  When can an information system deliver competitive advantages? Why kinds of IS are available?

Trends in Information Systems

For example what are the latest trends in information systems? How is technology impacting these trends? How different will IS be in 5/10/15 years?

What is the role of a Systems Analyst?

For example what are the current duties of an analyst? How has the role changed? Are analysts still needed?

Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) in IS

For example what role does the SDLC play in IS development? How long has it been applied? Has it changed much?

Traditional Methods of Software Development

For example what are traditional methods used to develop software? Are there new ones being created? Are they still relevant to software development?

Agile Methods of Software Development

For example what are the agile methods used to develop software? Are there new ones being created? Are they still relevant to software development?

Using IS for Decision Making

For example how can decision making be improved? What kinds of decisions are made? Who makes what decisions?

Team Roles in IS Projects

For example what roles are assigned when an IS project is started? Who leads the project? What are the critical roles?

Causes of Failure in IS

For example what are the current rates of failure? Are they improving or getting worse? How can failure be reduced?

Flowcharts and Data Flow Diagrams (DFDs)

For example what is the purpose of these charts? How are they applied? What are they useful for?

Developing and Purchasing Information Systems

For example why should organisations develop in-house? What organisations should purchase IS? What are the benefits and negatives of such decisions?

The Value of Information

For example what is information? Where does it come from? What is it used for?

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