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What Is an Information System?

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the definition of an information system. We will also learn who stakeholders are and how they contribute to an information system.
Definition of Information System

Information is an organized set of seemingly related data. A system is a method, or process, of grouping things together. You may or may not have wondered how these two terms have combined and what helps them work in near harmony. This video grouping will help you discover the components and processes that make up the early 21st century's information system. Our formal definition of information systems is the combining of users, technology and processes to complete a given goal.

Think about your daily routine. It doesn't matter if you are a student, working adult, someone's parent, retired or some combination of all of these, systems of technology impact you. For example, these videos are made with a broad variety of technological and human resources. You might access your school or employment record system or take a trip to the gas station to fill up or buy a gallon of milk. We all use these systems day in and day out, making us users of information systems.
AKA Stakeholders

Another term for people who have an interest in information systems is a stakeholder. These can include anyone who makes use of the system - who's also known as an end-user - and the creative team, customers and anyone else who may be affected by the system.

Let's take a moment to break down a very complex system into a really simple visual to show how an information system affects a hospital and its stakeholders. Let's say you're shooting hoops with your buds. You go up to jam, and you come down on the opponent's foot. Your ankle rolls and gives a great 'pop' you really didn't want to hear.

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