Last fall was a great celebration of conferences. We attended AMCIS and ICIS and in between we went to NEAIS and ISCAP EDSIGCON. We also attended two meetings for the first time: IACIS and WITS. We greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with so many of you at this cornucopia of events. It is so good to be back in person.
“Python for Data & Analytics” is a Hit!
This book came out late last fall. Almost immediately, we received numerous requests for review copies and many professors adopted this book for Spring 2023. We think that this book fills an important niche at the right time, as data analytics is growing and being incorporated into existing IS programs. The author, Professor Dan Groner, tailored his approach using class tested techniques for working with business students. To learn more, check out the webpage.
Professor Groner presented some of the specifics of his ideas in a standing-room-only session at EDSIGCON (an IS teaching conference) in Clearwater, FL. To watch a video recording of that presentation click here.
Several New Textbooks are Coming by the End of 2023
If you are using R for data analytics, we have a forthcoming textbook for you; Introduction to Sports Analytics Using R teaches the R techniques DA students need while learning sports analytics. The book is designed for more advanced students who have already completed a course on programming and a course on statistics. The focus on sports actively engages students as they practice DA programming skills with wide applicability.
We know that Java remains essential for IS, has a wide embedded base in industry, and is the introductory programming language of choice in many IS programs. Fundamentals of Java Programming for Information Systems is specifically written for business students covering what they will need to know in their careers.
Lastly, Enterprise Networks: Infrastructure & Security covers what IS students need to know about both network infrastructures and the design of security in the context of an enterprise system. The author, Professor Thomas Case, is the co-author of a best-selling Business Data Communications textbook. This new offering is the contemporary, business-oriented, contextualized textbook he has been planning to write for years.
Final versions for Spring 2024. These textbooks are either in or will be entering production soon. The final versions of these books are planned to be available for Spring 2024. Like all Prospect Press Textbooks, the instructors resources include an instructors manual, slides, and a test bank.
Beta Versions for Fall 2023. Prospect Press routinely makes a “beta version” of our new textbooks available in advance to authors, interested reviewers, and motivated others at a reduced price. The beta version will not yet have been copy-edited, and instructors resources may not yet be available. We will be making beta versions of these books available for Fall 2023. Send me a quick e-mail if you think you are interested, and I will send you access to the beta version to review when it is ready.
Several Existing Textbooks are Going Into Revision
Revising textbooks is an extensive process. At Prospect Press when we do a revision, we seek to advance the pedagogy and assure that coverage is current and comprehensive, as well as update examples and exercises. The process starts with obtaining suggestions from existing users and interested others who have looked at the current edition. Please send me an e-mail, if you have thoughts or comments about the following textbooks:
Systems Analysis & Design in an Age of Options,
Edition 1.0, by Spurrier and Topi.
Database Systems: Introduction to Databases and Data Warehouses,
Edition 2.0, by Jukić, Vrbsky, Nestorov, and Sharma
Information Systems Project Management: A Process Approach,
Edition 2.0, by Schneider, Fuller, Valacich, and George
Information Systems for Business: An Experiential Approach,
Edition 4.0, by Bélanger, Van Slyke, and Crossler
We are Looking for Authors and New Titles
At Prospect Press, we seek to continually provide textbooks tailored to business students on emerging IS and DA topics. The field of IS is continually evolving which provides needs and opportunities for new textbooks. Two major trends we have been following are the development of the Data Analytics curriculum and the expansion of cybersecurity. If you are thinking about possibly writing a textbook on any of the following topics, send me an e-mail:
- Data Visualization
- Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing
- Machine Learning
- Location Analysis
- Social Media Analytics
- Ethical Hacking
- Cyber Forensics
- Cloud Computing
We are planning to attend the following conferences this Spring. If you get to attend, please stop by our booth, have some chocolate, look through our latest offerings, and tell us about your textbook needs.
Southern AIS (SAIS),
March 24-25, Hilton Head, SC.
Big II+ MIS Research Symposium,
March 24-26, University of Texas-Dallas
Midwest AIS (MWAIS),
May 19-20, at Metro State University, Minneapolis, MN.
ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research,
June 1-3, at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA.
Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS),
August 10-12, Panama City, Panama.
Wishing you a healthy and productive New Year!
Beth Lang Golub, President & Editor