What is "IS" stand for please

I found "IS" in many computer litterature I've read. I don't know what it means. If somebody knows just let me know please.
Example of what I have seen in the litteratures:

IS managers

corporate IS departments

Thanks alot
aja
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PasciCommented:
I think its Information Systems
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aja101498Author Commented:
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ggilmanCommented:
Pasci's right I think, Information Systems. It used to apply more to informational type computer systems such as web servers and databases. From what I've seen recently though it seems to be a catch-all phrase that just means computers. IS department is the department in charge of making sure the network and computers is up and running. It doesn't mean they have to even run any "informational" type servers but just a few PCs and they can still be called IS. At least from what I've seen anyway. I guess it sounds more professional than "computer repair and maintenance department."
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aja101498Author Commented:
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blueforceCommented:
Our department is called IS.  Some companies call them Information Systems while others prefer to call them Information Services while still others prefer the term Information Technology.

There's a Dell commercial on TV referring to the internet.  The CEO of a large corporation is quoted as saying "Recently, my IT guys came to me and said, 'in the future there will be two types of businesses - those with the vision to master the internet and those without'....."

The term IS hasn't been around all that long really.  Until a year ago, our department was called MIS - Management Information Services.  

Really, all it is is a fancy way of saying Computer specialists.  We acquire, setup, run, and maintain the computers and the networks they make up in the business world.
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SunBowCommented:
Information Systems. See Pasci.

Goes back to days of MIS being Management Information Systems.
Where Systems was friendly new term for mainframe. Needed to be friendly to Management (business), and actually provide some Information (for a change).

Still wasn't that timely (information) and when computer departments were strong enough to stand on their own (usually breaking relations to be independent of the Finance department) the leading 'M' was dropped, least someone think that refers to 'Mainframe' (which was still around, but hardly seen by real businessmen).

During Mainframe heyday, majority of acronyms ended is S for 'Systems', were some programs had double 'S' ie 'SS' for sub-system. everything (nearly) was a system (quite redundant).

This was also about the time that the Mini-computers began to have their hey-day.

Blueforce, consider yourself lucky. after we went to calling ourselves IT, we went back to IS but liked 'S' so much, needing to show we were also 'Service--oriented, we just appended 'Services' to acronymns. This lead to the likes of "Information Systems Services Specialist Senior and worse". (now, if you want to have Software involved...)

Too many 'S', Next year we are going back to IT. Perhaps our boss saw the commercial. They've already announced 'visions' galore.

But aja, it is only an acronym, and although these things change over time, like the way job descriptions are redefined from time to time, the basic idea can be found in blueforce last paragraph, whatever the latest acronym is.
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aja101498Author Commented:
How do I grade you guys. Help me please. Thanks to allof you.
aja
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OttaCommented:
> How do I grade?

You've only assigned 50 points.
Pick the most-helpful expert,
and award the 50 points to that person.
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aja101498Author Commented:
Pasci,
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send the grades pls.

Otta,
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>you've only assigned 50 points.

I know it's an easy question. Do you mind ?????????

Where you come from? You didn't participate. Ary you in the EE
administration or something :)

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PasciCommented:
Hi aja,

I'm not sure what you mean "send the grades", I think you're supposed to grade us, pick the response you liked and pick it as the answer with a grade.

Pasci ;)
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aja101498Author Commented:
>I think you're supposed to grade us
Yes my friend but how ? I want to grade you if you make  your previous answer as a proposed answer . That's what I meant, So propose the anser and I will grade you immediately :)
Thanks alot
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PasciCommented:
Hi aja,

Got ya!!

It's: Information Systems

Take care :)
Pasci
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aja101498Author Commented:
>I think you're supposed to grade us
Yes my friend but how ? I want to grade you if you make  your previous answer as a proposed answer . That's what I meant, So propose the anser and I will grade you immediately :)
Thanks alot
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aja101498Author Commented:
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