The Vest Pocket Guide to Information Technology

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 27, 2005 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
The only IT guide you need

You're busy-very busy. You need reliable, practical answers to your IT questions, and you need them now. The Vest Pocket Guide to Information Technology, Second Edition is a handy pocket problem-solver designed to provide you with the quickest route to a solution. Practical, reader-friendly, and thoroughly illustrated, this updated handbook provides complete guidance for the complex, ever-changing world of IT to help you quickly pinpoint what you need to look for, what to watch out for, what to do, and how to do it.

Written by two all-time bestselling accounting and finance authors, Jae Shim and Joel Siegel, this thoroughly updated Second Edition includes tables, forms, checklists, questionnaires, practical tips, and sample reports to help you avoid and resolve any and all IT dilemmas. A must-read for business professionals, financial managers and consultants, production and operation managers, accountants, COOs, CFOs, and CEOs, this handy guide helps you:
* Select the best hardware for particular application needsStrategically use IT systems
* Use the best software in planning and control
* Select Sarbanes-Oxley compliance software
* Prevent fraud through computerized security
* Effectively apply Management Information Systems (MIS)
* Use online databases to make business decisions
* Use a decision support system (DSS) and an executive information system (EIS) to improve the quality of analysis, evaluation, and decision making
* Understand emerging trends and developments in information technology
* Harness marketing information systems to improve sales planning, sales forecasting, market research, and advertising
* Evaluate and manage an IT project

Your professional success depends on keeping abreast of the latest thinking and applications in information technology. The Vest Pocket Guide to Information Technology, Second Edition gives you all the information you need to make optimum decisions now and plan ahead for later.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 WHAT ARE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS?
1
CHAPTER 2 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND DECISIONMAKING MODELS
13
CHAPTER 3 HOW TO SELECT THE BEST MICROCOMPUTER SYSTEM
35
CHAPTER 4 WHAT IS SYSTEMS SOFTWARE?
49
CHAPTER 5 PRACTICAL GUIDE TO APPLICATION SOFTWARE
59
CHAPTER 6 DATA AND DATABASES
68
CHAPTER 7 DATA COMMUNICATIONS
78
CHAPTER 8 NETWORK AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
90
CHAPTER 13 MARKETING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND PACKAGES
195
CHAPTER 14 DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
216
CHAPTER 15 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI AND EXPERT SYSTEMS ESS
224
CHAPTER 16 COMPUTER SECURITY
242
CHAPTER 17 WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
263
CHAPTER 18 CAPITAL BUDGETING AND ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY STUDY OF AN IT PROJECT
278
CHAPTER 19 IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT
296
APPENDIX A COMPLIANCE SOFTWARE BUYERS GUIDE
319

CHAPTER 9 THE INTRANET
110
CHAPTER 10 ACCOUNTING PACKAGES
118
CHAPTER 11 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND PACKAGES
145
CHAPTER 12 MANUFACTURING INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND PACKAGES
181
APPENDIX B CRM SOFTWARE PROVIDERS
328
GLOSSARY
332
INDEX
341
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JAE K. SHIM, PhD, one of the most prolific accounting and finance experts in the world, has authored or coauthored more than fifty professional and college business books. He is Professor of Accounting and Finance at California State University, Long Beach, and CEO of Delta Consulting Company, a financial consulting and training firm. He received his MBA and PhD degrees from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

JOEL G. SIEGEL, PhD, CPA, is the author or coauthor of more than fifty books and articles for accounting and financial journals. He has acted as a consultant in accounting and IT issues to many organizations, including IT&T, Citicorp, and Person-Wolinsky CPA Review. He is Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at Queens College of the City University of New York.

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