Involving the way information is gathered, processed, and used in a meaningful way.
Computer Science Majors – boast about how many lines of code they can write
Information Systems Majors – boast about how much money they have saved and created for overall business.
Business Majors – boast about their new sports car after high earnings and cut cost - dependent on the performance on their Information Systems which is dependent on Computer Science.
Information Systems creates logical use out of organizing and processing data through information technology.
IS makes CS useful
IS makes Business actually work (and increasingly so in the new Information Era)
Top IS programs: MIT and Carnegie Mellon
IS has yet to find a permanent home in the School of Computer Science, Business, Humanities
Professionals in IS who are really good at what they do are an asset to any company and are normally paid accordingly. Or can leave and find their place somewhere else (sometime creating their own business – usually successful)
IS professionals also have bigger hard drives than CS and Business professionals as well as cocks.
No dude, our Information Systems does that automatically now.
CFO: "we need to be able to process 9 million transactions integrated with EDI and have our production line update automatically while being able to offer real time analysis and GPS tracking as well as electronic invoicing. Oh, and if one thing does not work correctly (even if the correct way contradicts our business logic) YOU ARE FIRED"
Typically involving idiots that want to work for a large company, sit in a cubicle, and work for people that don't typically understand a thing about computers (other than the fact that they can look at pr0n with them).
This is usually ok as a typical IS major is only a notch or two above their computer illiterate coworkers.
Typical IS tasks: Helping their boss figure out how to change the font on their word document, creating a 'database' using an Excel spreadsheet, helping their boss erase the lemonparty.com history item off their workstation.
While not all IS majors are bad or stupid people, the sad truth is that the bad and stupid ones often end up in charge of actual computer scientists because they 'know tech'