Business Information Systems

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Business Information Systems

Part 1 – Overview to the lecture and introduction

The contents of the lecture were produced primarily on basis of the stated literature. In addition, some parts of the lectures were realized through the use of tutorials from other universities. I would like to thank heartily for the preparation of this lecture material.


Definition BIS

Business information systems (in short BIS) can be defined as a system which integrates information technology, people and

business. BIS brings business functions and information modules together for establishing effective communication channels which are useful for making timely and accurate decisions.


Definition BIS

Business information systems or just information systems (IS) deal with the conceptualization, development, introduction, maintenance and utilization of systems for computer-assisted information

processing within companies and enterprise-wide networks. Central component of such information systems are firm’s application

systems (AS). They assist the user in the firm to accomplish tasks.

Source: Wigand, R. T.; Mertens, P.; Freimut, B.; König, W.; Picot, A.; Schuhmann, M.: Introduction to Business Information Systems, Springer, Berlin 2003


Topics of computer science

§ Programming languages (e.g. Basic, Pascal, C++, Java)

§ Algorithms and data structures

§ Architectures of computer- and software-systems

§ Operating systems (e.g. UNIX, MVS, DOS, WINDOWS xx)

§ Databases and database management systems (e.g. Oracle, MySQL)

§ Scientific computing (e.g. weather forecast)

§ Software engineering

§ Artificial intelligence (AI) & robotics


Knowledge areas

§ Basics of computer science

§ Information and communication technology

§ Information management

§ Business information systems

§ System development

§ Data and knowledge presentation

§ Decision support systems

Source: Kurbel, K.: Rahmenempfehlung für die Universitätsausbildung in Wirtschaftsinformatik, Studienführer Wirtschaftsinformatik, Vieweg-Verlag (3. Auflage)


Possible tasks of a

economic computer scientists

Management of information systems (CIO & CTO)

- Design of business processes (Business Engineer)

- Establishment of projects for new application systems (System Engineer)

- Technology- und architecture management (System Architect)

Software development and application integration (CTO)

- Analysis of the functional requirements (Application analyst)

- Design of new software (Application developer & Application architect)

- Implementation of software (Application programmer)

Service management of hard- and software-resources (CTO)

- System planning

- Systems and network management


Content of the lecture - 1

§ Subject of Business Information Systems (short BIS)

- Examples of Business Application Systems

- The value of information

- Integrated information processing

§ Selected fundamentals of the computer science

- Information representation of computer systems

- Hardware and Software (Computer classification)


Content of the lecture - 2

§ Selected BIS- and office-applications

- Standard software and individual software

- Standard business software

- Standard office software

§ Data base management systems

- Overview and aims

- Development of databases


Content of the lecture - 3

§ Programming and programming languages

- Programming languages and algorithms

- Compiler and Interpreter

- JavaScript and HTML

§ Software Engineering and real operations of application

- Process models to implement software

- IT Project management



§ Structured brainstorming techniques (Metaplan)

§ Binary representations (numbers, text, audio, images, …)

§ Selected Office-Products (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

§ Implementation of a presentation with multimedia elements

§ Application of a data base with the help of SQL

§ Programming of a simple Website


Recommended literature

§ Wigand, R. T.; Mertens, P.; Freimut, B.; König, W.; Picot, A.; Schuhmann, M.: Introduction to Business Information Systems, Springer, Berlin 2003

§ Sprague, R. H.; McNurlin, B. C.: Information Systems

Management in Practice, Pearson Higher Education 2005 § International Journal of Business Information

Systems (IJBIS)


Recommended literature

§ Mertens, P.; Bodendorf, F.; König, W.; Picot, A.; Schumann, M.; Hess, T.: Grundzüge der Wirtschaftsinformatik, 8. Auflage, Berlin 2004

§ Disterer, G.; Fels, F.; Hausotter, A.: Taschenbuch der Wirtschafts-informatik, Fachbuchverlag Leipzig im Carl Hanser Verlag, München, Wien 2003

§ Stahlknecht, P.; Hasenkamp, U.: Einführung in die


§ HMD (ehem. Handbuch der maschinellen Datenverarbeitung) -Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik, dpunkt.verlag, Heidelberg


§ Zeitschrift - Wirtschaftsinformatik, Vieweg-Verlag, Wiesbaden à

§ IM - Fachzeitschrift für Information Management & Consulting, imc information multimedia communication AG, Saarbrücken



Recommended tutorial



§ Consultations during the semester:

- 1 semester

- 9 events in the room 210

§ The used documents are provided within the internet under the following address:

§ Contact:

§ The use of the computers are only permitted after an invitation through the lecturer!