Managing in the Digital World

In the digital world things have to be known by us Information System Analyst to understand the digital world itself and by understand it there are required question that has to be answered such as:

  • What is a “knowledge worker”?
  • How many of the MIS majors expect to work as knowledge workers upon graduation?
  • How many of the non-MIS majors expect to work as knowledge workers upon graduation?

But before we get into the question we have to understand several things that will be our topic in this article.


Information is a Valuable Resources

From information we get valuable resources but that is from the items of value in the knowledge society and from items of value we get some things like (Information, Land, Labor, Capital),


Rise of the Information Age

                Could the conventional wisdom of the day during the age of agriculture and handwork every prepare a young person to be successful during the industrial age? How would your parents and teachers tell you to prepare?

When you were trying to figure out what to study in college, who did you talk to to help you figure this out?

3 waves of information the first is “Agriculture and Handwork”, “Industrial Revolution”, and “The Information Age”


Five IT Megatrends in the Information Age

In the information age there are 5 IT megatrends that changes in organizations and society and there are

Mobile                  : Many believe that we’re living in a post-PC era. In the developing world mobile devices often leapfrog traditional PCs. Implications:

– Increased collaboration

– The ability to manage business in real time

– New ways to reach customers


Social Media       : Over 800 million Facebook users share status updates or pictures with friends and family, Organizations use social media to encourage employee collaboration or to connect with their customers

Big Data                : IDC estimated that in 2011, 1.8 zettabytes of data were generated and consumed How much is 1.8 zettabytes? 1.8 trillion gigabytes, or the equivalent of 57 billion 32GB iPads (IDC, 2011) This number is forecast to grow by 50 times by 2020

Cloud Computing : Web technologies enable using the Internet as the platform for applications and data, Many regard cloud computing as the beginning of the “fourth wave”                  – the applications but also the data reside in the cloud

Consumerization of IT :

("consumerization") is a phrase used to describe the cycle of information technology (IT) emerging in the consumer market, then spreading to business and government organizations, largely because employees are using the popular "consumer market" technologies and devices at home and then introducing them in the workplace.




Web 1.0

It is the “readable” phrase of the World Wide Web with flat data. In Web 1.0, there is only limited interaction between sites and web users. Web 1.0 is simply an information portal where users passively receive information without being given the opportunity to post reviews, comments, and feedback.

Web 2.0

It is the “writable” phrase of the World Wide Web with interactive data. Unlike Web 1.0, Web 2.0 facilitates interaction between web users and sites, so it allows users to interact more freely with each other. Web 2.0 encourages participation, collaboration, and information sharing. Examples of Web 2.0 applications are Youtube, Wiki, Flickr, Facebook, and so on.


Web 3.0

It is the “executable” phrase of Word Wide Web with dynamic applications, interactive services, and “machine-to-machine” interaction. Web 3.0 is a semantic web which refers to the future. In Web 3.0, computers can interpret information like humans and intelligently generate and distribute useful content tailored to the needs of users. One example of Web 3.0 is Tivo, a digital video recorder. Its recording program can search the web and read what it finds to you based on your preferences.