1 Developments in theApplication of InformationTechnology in Business

Information technology inbusiness: from data processing tostrategic information systems

E. K. Somogyi and R. D. Galliers

Introduction

Computers have been used commercially for over three decades now, in business administration and for providing information. The original intentions, the focus of attention in (what was originally called) data processing and the nature of the data processing effort itself have changed considerably over this period. The very expression describing the activity has changed from the original ‘data processing’, through ‘management information’ to the more appropriate ‘information processing’.

A great deal of effort has gone into the development of ...

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