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Study Notes for Cis 301

  1. What three principles are required in developing a global company and an information systems support stucture?
  2. Descrube the four main global strategies that form the basis for global firms’ organizational structure?
  3. What are the three technical advances that should result in a fall of prices and a gain in power in networks?
  4. What are the two main technical choices in solving the system integration problems in building international systems?
  5. What two basic options do corporations have available for international connectivity?
  6. What three principles does a firm need to develop a global company and an information systems support structure?
  7. What are the general cultural factors that drive global business?
  8. What role will voice/video play in the corporation and its external/internal environment in the next few years?
  9. What is the direction technology is moving: larger and larger or smaller and smaller, in terms of hardware?
  10. What is the basic idea of a virtual private network?
  11. What major problems and minor problems are involved in running an international network?
  12. What is the major hardware challenge in developing an international system?
  13. What is a change agent? What developments must the change agent be successful in implementing to be considered a successful leader?
  14. What is an international systems infrastructure?
  15. Why are information systems so vulnerable to destruction, fraud, error, and misuse?
  16. What are the most common threats against computerized information systems?
  17. What is debugging?
  18. What is an MIS audit?
  19. What is meant by computer security?
  20. What is a computer bug?
  21. What is meant by "hot site"?
  22. What is meant by "fault-tolerant" systems?
  23. What is meant by computer virus?
  24. How reliable is antivirus software?
  25. When should a data quality audit be conducted?
  26. What is a disaster recovery firm?
  27. Telecommunication systems pose additional security problems, why?
  28. Database systems are hard to control, why?
  29. Why do on-line information systems pose greater security threats than batch systems?
  30. What are the three components of a decision support system?
  31. What is the value of developing a prototype?
  32. What is the importance of the critical success factor methodology?
  33. From which two sources does an ESS combine data?
  34. GDSSs were developed in response to meeting concerns; what were they?
  35. What is meant by the term "free riding"?
  36. What are structured problems? Give an example.
  37. What is an expert system? How does it work?
  38. What are the three ways of representing knowledge—expert system?
  39. What is an inference engine?
  40. What is forward chaining? Backward chaining?
  41. What is a neural network?
  42. What is fuzzy logic?
  43. What is a genetic algorithm?
  44. What is artificial intelligence?
  45. What ability are neural networks known for?
  46. What is a virtual reality system?
  47. What is the fundamental difference between artificial intelligence and human intelligence?
  48. What are the characteristics of a knowledge workstation?
  49. What are the two commonly accepted types of information workers?
  50. What are considered major office activites?
  51. What is the benefit of the development of object-oriented software?
  52. What are the various information systems bulding alternatives?
  53. What is outsourcing?
  54. What are the advantages of outsourcing? Disadvantages? Reasons for turning to outsourcing?
  55. What is meant by the term "traditional systems life cycle"?
  56. What are the core activities that take place in a systems development process?
  57. Under the portfolio analysis model, projects are rated high or low risk or benefit: What factors determine this?
  58. What is ergonomics?
  59. What three areas of feasibility must be addressed in the technology arena?
  60. What is meant by "SOP"?
  61. The testing phase of the systems life cycle answers what specific question?
  62. What are the two major forms of systems design?
  63. What percentage of the entire software development can be expended in testing?
  64. What are the major areas of a feasbility study?
  65. What is an information systems plan?