The second edition of Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools reflects the information explosion in recent years, the many technological and research advances in information systems and the exponential growth of such systems in commerce, industry, research institutions and the academic community. The new edition provides an extensive and comprehensive coverage of methodologies, techniques and tools but at the same time treats each discretely. It integrates technical, social, organizational and economic views of information systems developments. Also, it provides frameworks to assess information systems methodologies while remaining independent of any particular methodology or supplier. Key features include: comprehensive coverage in one book of all major methodologies, techniques and tools; each element is treated separately and in depth; avoids confusing fundamental aspects of methodology with techniques and tools; provides reader with flexibility to read the book in a way which suits that individual's needs; extensively updated; widely used throughout the world for second and final year first degree courses and masters level students in computer science, information science and business courses at universities and colleges; and new sections in the methodology chapter on strategic information systems, business process re-engineering, object-oriented systems development and expert systems. Rich pictures, root definitions, conceptual models, object-orientation, structure diagrams and matrices have been added to the techniques chapter. New and important methodologies have also been included.
Professor David Avison is head of the Accounting and Management Science Department, Southampton University.