Technology Enablers - Information System
The progression described above has been enabled by five main factors:
The progression detailed and increases in functionality and utility has also led to some changing assumptions about IS. In the early days due to various factors including technological immaturity, poor definition of organisational requirement and operator apprehension and unfamiliarity, IS was initially sub-optimised and therefore received a lot of bad press. However recently this has been changing. Some examples illustrating the nature of this change are illustrated in the table below.
Is unfamiliar and frightening
Provides masses of unusable data
Is separate from value added steps
Does not play an active role in the business D
Operational processes are designed to compensate for the inadequacies of IS
Interprets data and produces useable information and knowledge
Is a source of value and may bring competitive advantage
Drives the business
Operational processes are designed around the enablers provided by IS.