Systems Architecture, Sixth Edition, is the most comprehensive introduction to information systems hardware and software in business. This new edition remains an indispensable tool for IS students, emphasizing a managerial, broad systems perspective for a holistic approach to systems architecture. Each chapter has been updated thoroughly to reflect the changing nature of new technologies, and all end-of-chapter material has been enhanced and expanded.
By S. Prince on Oct 08, 2010
The information is the book is too basic. A quick read of the end of chapter review questions attests to this. For example: chapter 14 question 6, "What is a monitor?". Are you kidding me? I paid for this? The content is merely a repeat of information from various Computer Based Tutorials CBT) and introductory training material I've seen over the 25 years. Stephen D. Burd does state in the beginning of the book that it is not intended for graduate studies. My problem is that this is the required book for my graduate level Systems Architecture class. I cannot identify a purpose that this book serves well except as a refresher for the semantics necessary to complete my course exams.
Better to rent this than to buy it
By Kiddo on Jun 10, 2014
Without hesitation I can say that this is the worst textbook I
By Sirlyle on May 22, 2014
Barely used this book for my class at all. Good thing it was only a rental. It's detailed, but at the same time, a boring read.
Very dry reading
By Viper222a on May 08, 2014
If you need help sleeping at night then this is the book for you. Now I'm in the IT Field and there is no continuity to this books and it seems like the authors goal was to cover as much as possible without explaining anything. Reminds me of someone who spent 5 minutes learning about a subject and then spends 2 days using a lot of double talk to hide what little they really know.
A book introducing basic computer architecture
By Daniel Mckenna on Mar 09, 2014
This is a good book with plenty of material for anyone wishing to learn the basics about how computers process information.
Not a beginner's guide
By Benjamin Szweda on Dec 30, 2013
The book becomes very technical and in-depth. It was a textbook I had to use for a class called IT Infrastructure. The first few chapters of the book were good as an overview and introduction to the topic of computer networking, however the book gets very historical in its descriptions and I found myself skipping across many paragraphs out of boredom. I'm not an IT major. This was an elective course for me. Perhaps my school did a bad job in choosing this textbook as the book for the course I took. In any event, I recommend this book for someone with a huge interest in the topic and/or for someone who already has a general knowledge of the topic. This is not really a 101 or even 201 type book. The book references things without previously defining them. I also found the exercises included at the chapter end to be at times somewhat difficult; the answers not always 100% found in the preceding text.
Not Worth the Read
By Jeremiah on Dec 07, 2013
This book does a poor job with its content, style, and structure. The only reasons why I purchased it was because it was required for a class. The book is not intended for people that have limited knowledge in the topic, nor for individuals that know the subject well. This is made evident when describing what a modem is... then skipping, or poorly describing, content that needs to be fully explained on the same material. If your primary goal is to learn then choose a different book. If your professor and want your students, who are likely new or professionals with the topic, then please choose a book that meets your students needs
Very dry read
By G. Goncharova on Sep 04, 2013
First of all, I bought this book as a textbook for one of my courses. I am an Information Systems major. The book contains a lot of technical terms, but lacks examples and analogies. It also covers a LOT of material, knowledge that I probably won't even need at my job. I wish the book had more illustrations, examples, diagrams, anything to help me understand the material better. I was lost many times and didn't know where to look for the explanation, so I just had to memorize most of the material for the exam.
Even the instructor commented that the book is bad.
By Dan Newland on Oct 20, 2014
Poorly written font too small, notes on gray background. Even the instructor commented that the book is bad.
By Zorina on Aug 03, 2014
Exactly the book I needed
By Natasha on Feb 18, 2015
I purchased this book for my systems architecture class. The book is written in a very clear and understandable manner.