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Basic Introduction to Information Technology

Basic Introduction to Information Technology

Author: Hazman Aziz

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About Information Technology

The advent of computer-based information technologies, especially on the emphasis upon process, system and code has enabled business models and processes to perceive that they, too, function as forms or subsets of Information Technology (IT). Today, everyone has begun to write computer programs to aid their business processes, even small medium businesses. This is also part of reengineering the business process, for example from a brick and mortar operation to a click and mortar. A good case study is

About Information Technology in Nanyang Business School

IT is one of the business technology subjects that are offered at the Nanyang Business School (NBS) to a spectrum of undergraduates and postgraduate students. This subject focus on the study, design, development, implementation, support and management of computer-based information systems, in supporting the business operational needs of the industry.

The key research issues addressed by the faculty members in the IT area includes IT policy, value of IT, IT and packaged software implementation, outsourcing of technology services, talent management of high technology professionals, electronic marketplaces & virtual communities, pricing of information goods, knowledge management, and database management. These research issues are addressed using theories, frameworks and methodologies from Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Organizational Behaviour, and Operations Research.

Information sources related to the subject mentioned such as books, journals, reference works are purchased to support the teaching, research and learning needs of the students and faculty staff.

This is entry is a subject guide developed by a subject librarian specialised in Information Technology and to aid the learning resources and collection development for the faculty. 

Finding more about Information Technology

Every subject that is been learnt has a beginning. This is a short video book trailer on “The Making of Information Technology 1938-1950” by Tom Green. The video can also be seen on YouTube.

The History Information Technology

Bright Boys’ Work

This book is useful in understanding more about the Bright Boys’ work and can be found in our Business Library in the future as it is still in the process of purchasing. As IT progress slowly within each business and organization need, it forms an industry called the Information Technology Industry. Here is a short video that illustrates the Information Technology Industry.

“Management information systems: using cases within an industry context to solve business problems with information technology” is a recommended book that is able to illustrate and compliment the short video explained above. This book is located in the Business Library with the called number, HD30.213.A546 by Anderson, David L.


Information Technology Industry

The Global Economy

Today, part of the global economy grows as the information technology, changing the economy landscape. Professor Uday Karmarkar from UCLA Anderson School of Management describes the rise of service industrialization below.

This is happening because of the advent of information technologies and the surge of new technologies made it possible. This is also termed as globalization of the economy, or even techno-globalism. The phenomenon is evident in most industry, especially the financial market. As a result, this increased the cooperation between and inter-linkages among organization to lead innovative work for the research & development, servicing and production spreading around the globe (Glenn, 1993).

Information Technology Changing the Global Economy

Community of Practices


In NBS, a student club called NBS-SCS Student Chapter is launched on September 22, 2004 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Nanyang Business School’s (NBS) and Singapore Computer Society’s (SCS). Their objective is to strive to promote IT knowledge within their members, allowing them to become well rounded Information System (IS) professionals. They even have a social online presence on Facebook.

In addition, the school also has a research centre called Information Management Research Centre (IMARC) and is known for the research and executive education in the management of IT. This centre focuses on understanding, integrating, creating and disseminating new concepts and best practices in the management and use of IT in the Asia Pacific. IMARC has been actively engaged in joint research with a number of organizations, with collaborations with researchers world-wide on publications. The major research themes are listed below

  1. Electronic Commerce
  2. Strategic IT Management
  3. Enterprise Resource Planning
  4. Supply Chain Management
  5. IT Personnel Management : Careers & Competencies
  6. Management of the Outsourcing of IT & Other Business Functions
  7. Data mining, Data Modeling and Decision Support Systems
  8. E-Government
  9. Virtual Communities & Knowledge Management

On a nation-wide scale, you can also get in touch with Singapore Computer Society. Another related non-profit organization is the Information and Knowledge Management Society (iKMS).

Business Library

The resource collection in the Business Library spreads a wide range of formats. These include books, conference proceedings, journal articles, white papers, reviews, guides, handbooks and reports. If you need further assistance, feel free to come down to the Business Library and meet our Subject Librarian for IT with the background industry.