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Information System Evolution

Strategic Information System Agility: From Theory to Practices

ISBN: 978-1-80043-811-8, eISBN: 978-1-80043-810-1

Publication date: 4 December 2020


This chapter presents an analysis illustrating the evolution of information systems’ development based on three interdependent phases. In the first period, information systems were mainly considered as a strictly technical discipline. Information technology (IT) was used to automate manual processes; each application was treated as a separate entity with the overall objective of leveraging IT to increase productivity and efficiency, primarily in an organizational context. Secondly, the introduction of networking capabilities and personal computers (instead of fictitious terminals) has laid the foundations for a new and broader use of information technologies while paving the way for a transition from technology to its actual use. During the second phase, typical applications were intended to support professional work, while many systems became highly integrated. The most significant change introduced during the third era was the World Wide Web, which transcended the boundaries of the Internet and the conventional limits of IT use. Since then, applications have become an integral part of business strategies while creating new opportunities for alliances and collaborations. Across organizational and national boundaries, this step saw a transformation of IT in the background. These new ready-to-use applications are designed to help end-users in their daily activities. The end-user experience has become an essential design factor.


Sahid, A., Maleh, Y. and Belaissaoui, M. (2020), "Information System Evolution", Strategic Information System Agility: From Theory to Practices, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 29-66.



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