Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019)

Chapter 2: Hardware

Upon successful completion of this chapter, you will be able to: • Describe information systemshardware; • Identify the primary components of a computer and the functions they perform; and • Explain the effect of the commoditization of the personal computer.

Introduction As you learned in the first chapter, an information system is made up of five components: hardware, software, data, people, and process. The physical parts of computing devices – those that you can actually touch – are referred to as hardware. In this chapter, you will take a look at this component of information systems, learn a little bit about how it works, and discuss some of the current trends surrounding it. As stated above, computer hardware encompasses digital devices that you can physically touch. This includes devices such as the following:

• desktop computers • laptop computers • mobile phones • tablet computers • e-readers Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019) pg. 22

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