Introduction to the Second Edition

Few industries have grown as rapidly or as widely as that of Information Technology (IT). What began as an infant offshoot of the accounting profession just a few generations ago has since matured into a prevalent and compelling force in nearly every segment of business, industry, and society in general. IT is the latest, and most significant, of cultural revolutions.

Futurist author Alvin Tofler, in his book on cultural phenomena, The Third Wave, describes three significant movements in American social development. These were the agricultural revolution of the late 1800s; the industrial revolution of the early 1900s; and the information revolution of the last two decades of the 20th ...

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