Study Information Systems

Why You Should Study Information Systems.

When people think about information systems (IS), they generally only consider the various elements that make up a computer. And while these elements are crucial, it involves much more than this. This article will help you decide if a course in this field is right for you by explaining what IS are, the five main components that constitute one, and why you need to study each to become a successful professional.   

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Definition

Information systems comprise the hardware, software, data, people, and processes that allow organisations to collect, store, and process datafor effective decision-making. Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at each component in more detail.

Hardware

Hardware is the physical technology that allows people to access the necessary software to retrieve specific info. Some examples include computers, keyboards, mouses, monitors, CPUs, and even smartphones.

Software

Every computer carries out five functions to convert raw data into info. These functions are input, processing, output, storage, and control. Softwareis a set of instructions that tells the hardwarewhat to do to perform these functions. Without it, hardware is virtually an empty shell that serves no purpose.

Data

This is info converted into a digitalformat that can be stored, processed, and retrieved using a computer. It is manipulated by software (organised and made easier to understand) to help organisations access the info they need to make better decisions.

People

The fourth and arguably most important component is the people who ensure information systems run optimally. This includes the people who design, develop, support, and even use them.  

Process

Finally, we have the process component. This component is all the activities the people involved in information systems undertake to ensure data is processed as planned. Organisations spend enormous amounts of money perfecting their business processes, and IS are instrumental in achieving this.

With the above in mind, if you want to be a successful professional in this field, you must master all five components. In addition to strong technical skills, you will need impeccable people skills to effectively manage everyone involved and a sound understanding of business processes to provide the best IS to support them. Achieving this is no simple task, but doing so comes with many benefits, some of which are listed below.

Benefits of a Course in This Field

  • A course in this field provides varied skills, so even if you don’t want to become an IS Specialist, your skill set will allow you to explore many exciting career opportunities.
  • IS Specialists are highly coveted. Every organisation relies on them to optimise their business operations using technology.
  • The high demand for these professionals means they also receive a fantastic salary!

Where to Study

Do you want to study within this field? Belgium Campus iTversity offers a world-class Bachelor of IT that focuses on IS modules. Contact us for more details about this course of study at info@belgiumcampus.ac.za or 010 593 5368.