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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Since corporations first started conducting business on the Internet in 1993, it has moved quickly from being a curious spectacle to a matter of survival for most businesses. To achieve successful results in this on-line business environment on a consistent basis, companies need to rely on two critical success factors. First, a robust framework to guide the design and implementation of e-Business strategy is crucial. Second, if companies are interested in e-Business applications that are robust, flexible, scalable, maintainable, and platform-independent then the development environment used to design, implement, and deploy such applications is more critical than ever before. These characteristics will gain importance as corporations begin migrating e-Business applications from the traditional Web-based environment to a wireless, mobile, hand-held, and pervasive computing paradigm. A consequence of such ongoing changes in the information technology field will require Computer Information Systems (CIS) departments to regularly update curriculum to ensure that students are imparted with the conceptual knowledge and technical skills expected by the IT industry. This paper describes an e-Business solution framework, and analyzes the impact of the technological and e-business evolution on an existing CIS curriculum in the College of Business at a university in the state of Texas. It discusses the new curriculum developed and implemented in response to these technology changes. Finally, the paper also describes some of the challenges of implementing the new model and the resultant impact.

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