An information system is a group of interrelated components that collect, retrieve, process, store, and distribute information to support decision-making and control in an organisation. IS is the collection of technical and human resources that provide the storage, computing, distribution, and communication for the information required by all or some part of an enterprise. Information system focuses on making use of technology. There are five components in information systems, including people, hardware, software, telecommunication networks and data. Here is a useful diagram to illustrate this particular fact;
Each of these components are needed in an information system, it is not just computers required. There needs to be an understanding of management, the organisation and information technology shaping the system. This is illustrated by the diagram below;
Next week I will further my study on ‘What is an Information System?’ by uploading an informative YouTube video and discuss the many roles of an information system.