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Soft methods

Soft methods, in contrast with the hard ones, leave some space for interpretation. This does not mean that soft methods are completely arbitrary; they have varying degree of standardisation. For …

Portals

Portals are some of the relatively new items on the palette of organisational information systems. So much so, that we don’t even have a definition of portals in general. We …

What will we learn about?

“It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – said Steve Jobs about design to the New York Times. This week is the …

Collaborative

We need to collaborate to accomplish almost anything. If this is how we work, this is what our IS needs to support. Recently there has been incredible development in this …

Further (optional) readings

In this step, we have collated an extensive list of readings for this week’s topic. At the beginning of the list, you will find links to online sources, such as …

The Basics of Databases

In order to start discussing computerised information systems, we need to clarify some basics. There is one thing common to all computerised information systems and that is that there is …

Actionable

‘Actionability’ simply means that the IS/ICT does something. In itself this sounds like a trivial expectation. However, making it happen may be less trivial. What is certain is that this …

Integrated

Integration in the world of information systems always seems to be what comes last. ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems still do not really manage to get this appropriately done. But …

Fresh

It would be trivial to say that we want fresh information. In fact, freshness is one of the most important characteristics when we judge how good an IS is. However, …

Personalised

More and more people have strong feelings about personalising their devices. A few years ago, when you mentioned the word personalisation to a layperson, they would think about a colour …

Relevant

In a holistic view, that is if we believe that all things are connected, we can easily end up concluding that everything is relevant to whatever we do. This may …

What will we learn about?

In short, this week we learn about what good information system (IS) and information-communication technology (ICT) are like. Of course, for this it would be good to achieve some clarity …

Piracy

In this video Viktor Dörfler discusses ‘Piracy’ with Iain Moir and Isi Osagie. It is commonplace nowadays that we face ever-increasing piracy, piracy which uses highly sophisticated technology. However, I …