The 4th Edition by Kelly Rainer, Brad Prince and Hugh J. Watson is the latest edition of the series teaching students about this field of data analysis. There is no other textbook on the market that is as conducive to learning on to go. Every chapter of the text is composed of interwoven teaching of high level concepts regarding management information systems as well as activities that take the lessons from the classroom into the real world. This edition of the book has been greatly updated with new sections on Business Analytics that reflect the rapid changes of this field that has been undergone within the past several years, new coverage on Big Data, and rewritten information on AI and the numerous kinds of business practices dealing with these concepts entails. The updated text contains academic case studies, as well as changed activities that are incorporated directly into the text and have a direct relation to the overall learning objectives as laid out within the book’s numerous chapters.
The book has several different additional features that help out with learning, including numerous lectures by book author Kelly Rainer that serve to reinforce the key concepts from each chapter of the book and are put directly into the electronic textbook. There are also guides to the technological concepts covered within the text that serve to provide a broader understanding of what is going on within the world of information technology.
Management Information Systems, 4th Edition is divided into many chapters, with each one focusing on a different aspect of managing informational systems. It starts off with a broad overview of information systems, followed by a more in depth overview of both organizational strategy and data management. After that, the subject matter focuses in on the management of data and how the topic relates to broader trends within telecommunications and networking. The book does not neglect the business side of the subject either. Many chapters are dedicated to teaching students about such concepts as business ethics and information security. Afterwards, students learn about how these information systems work to impact end users as they learn about their relationship to social computer, E-Commerce and wireless internet. By the time the book has closed with a lot of information on various forms of managing their information systems, they will have received a succinct, yet comprehensive overview of what goes into information systems.