This book is based on the premise that knowledge of Information Technology (IT) is essential today for people in every walk of life and all types of profession. It is designed to impart a unified body of knowledge and practice in IT to its readers. Readers can apply this knowledge in innovative ways for various strategic advantages such as increasing productivity, improving quality of products and services, problem solving, decision making, and improving their own and others living standards.
The textbook takes a practical approach to introduce the various components of IT to its readers. While doing so, it demonstrates how IT is being used in modern enterprises by various departments to carry out their activities with greater ease, speed, and accuracy than before. It also introduces several new business models and practices made possible due to IT that enterprises are now using for better profitability. In the process, the book provides to its readers a sound foundation of various components and aspects of IT. It also introduces to its readers several latest concepts and technologies in IT such as Wearable computers, Green computing, Cloud computing, Speech recognition and voice response systems, 4G and 5G networks, Big data analytics, Data science, Web 3.0, IPv6, 3D printing, Enterprise 2.0 organization, etc.
Complete with numerous illustrative diagrams, practical examples, chapter summaries, end-of-chapter questions, glossary of important terms, the book is designed to serve as a textbook for courses on IT, IS, MIS, Business Computing, and other similar courses taught in various education programs.
1. Information Technology and Digital Economy
2. Information Systems
3. Role of IT in Various Functional Areas of an Organization
4. Computer Systems
5. Computer Hardware
6. Computer Software
7. IT Networks
8. Database Systems
9. Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems
10. The Internet, World Wide Web and Internet of Things
11. Cyber Security
12. Enterprise Systems: ERP, SCM and CRM
13. IT Strategies for Business Continuity and Growth