Week 2 - ISYS- Discussion - Due by 7/20 at 5pm CST


Week 2 Discussion


Internet-Based Company and IT Systems

The business environment faces increased competition on a daily basis and the need for innovative products and services increases as well. Finding effective ways to market and distribute products to a wide audience in the most efficient way possible can be demanding on organizations unless they are prepared to meet the challenges they face. Information technology can play a large role in helping companies gain and hold onto competitive advantages.

For this Discussion, review this week’s resources. Then, select an Internet-based company such as eBay, Amazon, Google, etc. Conduct some research on your selected company within the context of supply-chain management, customer relationships, and e-collaboration. Think about how such a company might implement IT-based systems to address the above mentioned business requirements.

Post by Day 3 a 200- to 250-word explanation of how your selected company might use IT to address one of the elements of business requirements (supply-chain management, customer relationships, and e-collaboration).

Be sure to support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources and any additional sources.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Respond by Day 6 to two or more of your colleagues' postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague's posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague's posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and the insights you gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.


Required Resources

  • Haag, S., & Cummings, M. (2013). Management information systems for the information age (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin.
    • Chapter 2, ” Major Business Initiatives: Gaining Competitive Advantage With IT” (pp. 34–63)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (n.d.). The writing center. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/annotated-bibliographies/apa-examples/


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