EMBRACING THE CONSUMERIZATION OF IT – BUSINESS INFORMATICS CURRICULUM (RE)DESIGN
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Economics in Subotica (SERBIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2019
Location: Palma, Spain
Abstract:The number of IT-savvy members of the net generation is on the rise among information workers. Their attitude towards enterprise IT significantly differs from what is traditionally assumed and taught at business informatics courses, due to a rapid, pervasive trend of consumerization of IT (CoIT) and demand for mobility. Net-generation information workers have practically overtaken the role of prime movers of adoption of new technology from IT departments: they exert pressure for upgrading enterprise IT services to make them available 24/7 on privately owned mobile devices, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, use social media, cloud services and mobile productivity tools/apps in their business tasks, and store business data outside the enterprise IT perimeter. Enterprise IT practice reshaped in such way, along with changes in criteria for valuing traditional enterprise information systems, raise the question regarding relevance of existing, classic business informatics curricula.
Based on a literature review, this paper examines some of the most important aspects of CoIT, which should be incorporated into redesigned business informatics study programs in order to equip future professionals to successfully manage the gap between information workers and IT organizations.
Keywords: Business informatics, curriculum (re)design, consumerization of IT.