Instructor: Ed Quigley 724.774.2088
This page contains the Midterm exam for CI-490.
Brevity is a virtue.
In Part One, you must define ten terms; each definition has three segments.
In Part Two, you must answer any four of the six questions.
Part One of Two
In this section, describe any ten (10) of the following 15 terms.
Each description should include three segments:
explain what the term is,
what the alternatives (opposites) to the term are,
and how the term matters in S-IS.
object oriented programming
Part Two of Two
Answer any 4 of the following 6 questions:
Question 2-A: Disintermediation
Choose a business or organization that you are familiar with. Provide a high-level org chart of the
organization (overview only). Describe the business from the perspective of (and with the terms of)
a Second Wave manager. Now, redefine the business as an information flow. Provide a high-level (overview
only) map of the business as an information flow. Describe the business from the perspective of a Third Wave
consultant. What new opportunities can you discern from the Third Wave Description, if any?
Question 2-B: Internet Taxation.
President Clinton has announced a new US policy against
taxing business which is transacted over the Internet. A Congressional
hearing is currently studying the issue of internet taxation.
What are the
logistical problems with taxing internet commerce? Why is it good
policy to avoid Net taxes (or why isn't it?)
What is the competitive impact on established business (with
buildings, real estate taxes, and retirees) when their startup
competitors don't have to charge customers sales tax?
Offer your expectations of the 10-year impact of charging
sales tax in stores but not over the net.
What are the implications of a analog-business tax structure
which avoids taxing digital business in an increasingly digital era?
Question 2-C: the Memex
Bush's article, As We May Think, describes his future vision.
What aspects of his vision have not been realized? Would they
be useful? What aspects of the Memex apply to strategic info systems?
Question 2-D: D**m End Users!
Computers and other IT investments must be used by people in order
to be successful investments.
People are often split into categories of experts (geeks?) and end-users.
Technology is in constant change. People resist change.
End-users require training (initial and upgrade) and technical $upport.
The technical progress described by Gordon Moore conflicts with the
nature of people in our organizations. Discuss the business implications of
this conflict. What opportunity lies in this problem? What would you do to
make your S-IS tolerant of this situation?
Question 2-E: Future Shock
Alvin Toffler describes waves of human revolution that affect our
lifestyle, health, families, and culture. Describe the transition out of the Second Wave
with Western Pennsylvania's transition from the Steel economy.
Describe Western PA's nascent successes in the 3rd wave economy.
Question 2-F: Information Overload, Drowning in Data ...
Organizations (and the people within them) are increasingly swamped with information.
As an IS professional responsible for strategic information systems, what steps
can you take to reduce information overload? How can your systems help your people
who are deluged with data?