Information Systems (What technology would work best?)

An information system is a different field altogether, focusing on how data is gathered, stored, and transformed into information. An IS professionals are responsible for setting up information systems at a given organization. They provide technical support and help integrate proven security solutions into complex information systems. As well as integration technology into commerce in what is known now an electronic commerce. This area is often known as Information Systems (IS) or Computer Information Systems (CIS). Instead of learning just how technology works, IS students also learn to ask what type of technology should be used to solve a business problem. An IS major can expect to study the following topics:

  • Computer Programming
  • IS Analysis and Design.
  • Database Systems Development.
  • IS project Management.
  • IS strategy and Management

An IS major can also expect to take a few business classes as well as upper-level computer science courses. Graduates are expected to achieve competency in problem-solving, systems development, and data communications. As a result, many IS graduates pursue careers as system analysts and desk specialists. Other job titles may include:

  • Systems/Databases Analyst.
  • Systems Designer.
  • Systems/Applications Developer.
  • Database Administrator (DBA).
  • E-Commerce Systems Analyst.

How to Choose Between CS and IS

  • Computer Science. If you’re going into a computer science degree, you need to expect to study advanced mathematics, up to calculus 2 and 3. You will gain a deeper understanding of programming languages, and be able to critically analyze problems, and develop effective long term solutions. You will learn not just how to write code, but understand why code works the way it does.
  • Information Systems. IS offers a more broad, “big picture” perspective of the coding world, going less in depth than a computer science program would. There is more emphasis on how computer systems can help an organization in doing their business, and this degree program may be intended for someone equally as interested in business and project management as they are in writing code.

 

IS (information systems)

CS (computer science)

Focus

Business and computing

Software Development

Objective

More efficient or effective business

Reliable computer program

Core Skill

Business creative thinking, Problem Solving

Logic/Procedures, Engineering critical thinking.

Core Task

Determine business requirements for information systems

Deliver information systems to meet defined requirements

Theoretical vs. applied

Balanced

Applied

 Generic Job title

Analyst/Designer

Developer/ Software Engineer

Typical starting job title

Business Systems analyst

Application Programmer

Career goals

Senior IT Organizational Manager

Senior Software Development Manager

College / School

Business or Science

Science