An Introduction to Information Technology and Business Intelligence

An Introduction to Information Technology and Business Intelligence

Stephan Kudyba (Economic Consultant, USA) and Richard Hoptroff (Consultant, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2001 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-03-7.ch001
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The world of commerce has undergone a transformation since the early 1990s, which has increasingly included the utilization of information technologies by firms across industry sectors in order to achieve greater productivity and profitability. In other words, through use of such technologies as mainframes, PCs, telecommunications, state-of-the-art software applications and the Internet, corporations seek to utilize productive resources in a way that augment the efficiency with which they provide the most appropriate mix of goods and services to their ultimate consumer. This process has provided the backbone to the evolution of the information economy which has included increased investment in information technology (IT), the demand for IT labor and the initiation of such new paradigms as e-commerce.

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