The book addresses the practical needs of executives responsible for planning, budgeting & justifying information technology expenditures. Written by the former chief information executive (1956-1978) & vice president of strategic planning (1978-1985), author of the widely acclaimed & translated INFORMATION PAYOFF - THE TRANSFORMATION OF WORK IN THE ELECTRONIC AGE (Free Press, 1985), lecturer & university professor. Reviews: "A New Bible for Management Information Systems. An eminently readable book made more so by a playful sense of humor" -Information Week-; "Strips away obfuscation that has concealed the real value of computers." (The Financial Post); "A true path to the Holy Grail of bus...
Understanding Computers and Cognition presents an important and controversial new approach to understanding what computers do and how their functioning is related to human language, thought, and action. While it is a book about computers, Understanding Computers and Cognition goes beyond the specific issues of what computers can or can't do. It is a broad-ranging discussion exploring the background of understanding in which the discourse about computers and technology takes place. Understanding Computers and Cognition is written for a wide audience, not just those professionals involved in computer design or artificial intelligence. It represents an important contribution to the ongoing discussion about what it means to be a machine, and what it means to be human.
Using Computers in Hospitality provides a clear, no-nonsense introduction to understanding where, how and why computers are used in the hotel, catering and leisure industries. The text explains the workings of the hardware, the software and the systems, and places theory in context through the use of examples and case studies from leading global hospitality organisations. This new edition has been completely rewritten and updated to reflect the latest trends in this rapidly evolving field. The book is packed with mini case studies, exercises and discussion questions and is an ideal text for students of hotel, catering, and hospitality management.
Get ready to learn about today's digital world with Essential Introduction to Computers. This concise text provides a visually-engaging introduction to the most current information on computers and technology. Students will gain an understanding of the essential computer concepts they need to know to help them be successful in today's computing world. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Fast, powerful computers are commonplace in today's world. Found in homes, schools, offices, and public libraries, they have changed the way we learn, communicate, and conduct business. Yet, while computers are easier than ever to use, the science and technology behind these marvelous machines remain a mystery to many. This unique book provides an introduction to the inside world of computers. It tells about their origin, historical development, and increasing sophistication, and the secrets of electronics and computation behind their familiar "finger-tip" wizardry. Readers will learn about the digital revolution and the advent of an information age that was nearly unimaginable a few years ago. From software programming to parallel processing, the key themes and topics of our computer era are fully explained in jargon-free entries everyone can understand. As part of the New Encyclopedia of Science, the book features the same easy-to-use structure found in other volumes, including keyword sections, factfiles, timecharts, and colorful graphics. It is an ideal resource for anyone who has ever wondered how computers really work and about the human ingenuity behind them.
Designed for translators and other professional linguists, this work attempts to clarify, explain and exemplify the impact that computers have had and are having on their profession. The book concerns machine translation, computer-aided translation and the future of translation and the computer.
This volume covers wide areas of interest such as life cycle costing, microcomputers, common-cause failures and space computers. Every effort is made to present difficult material with the aid of an example along with its solution. The material covered is summarized at the end of each chapter. The information is written in a format that allows readers to learn and better understand the philosophy of reliability in computer system design. At the same time, it tests their comprehension through listed exercises.
This book presents a novel approach to neural nets and thus offers a genuine alternative to the hitherto known neuro-computers. This approach is based on the author's discovery of the profound analogy between pattern recognition and pattern formation in open systems far from equilibrium. Thus the mathematical and conceptual tools of synergetics can be exploited, and the concept of the synergetic computer formulated. A complete and rigorous theory of pattern recognition and learning is presented. The resulting algorithm can be implemented on serial computers or realized by fully parallel nets whereby no spurious states occur. Explicit examples (recognition of faces and city maps) are provided...