18Business continuity and e-business

Towards an “always-on” e-business

Nijaz Bajgoric

Introduction

Modern history of business computing started some 60 years ago by introducing accounting applications. For more than six decades information technologies (IT) have been used in business but with different focuses in different times. Several concepts of information systems have been developed during this time. With first business applications aiming at faster data processing and introducing transaction processing systems (TPS, in the 1950s), then moving towards managerial reporting support (MIS, or management information systems, in the ’70s), better decision support (DSS, or decision support systems, in the ’80s), office automation and personal ...

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