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Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job Done

by Erik Briceno

The best information system solutions begin with a design based on the data requirements of your company. You also must consider how downtime, poor system performance, and lost information will affect the output of a group. A system that brings value to an organization is one that gets the job done properly and doesn’t burden your users with trivial system management tasks.

What is an information system?

Many organizations work with large amounts of data. When we talk about data — either in the corporate or IT sense — what we’re talking about are basic values or facts that are organized in a database.

Many people think of data as synonymous with information. However, information actually consists of data that has been organized to help answer questions and to solve problems. An “information system” is defined as the software that helps organize and analyze data. So, the purpose of an information system is to turn raw data into useful information that can be used for decision making in an organization.

What type of information system should your organization be using?

There are some general types of information systems. For example, a database management system (DBMS) is a combination of software and data that makes it possible to organize and analyze data. DBMS software is typically not designed to work with a specific organization or a specific type of analysis. Rather, it is a general-purpose information system. Another example is an electronic spreadsheet. This is a tool for basic data analysis based on formulas that define relationships among the data. For example, you can use a spreadsheet to calculate averages for a set of values or to plot the trend of a value over time.

In contrast, there are a number of specialized information systems that have been specifically designed to support a particular process within an organization or to carry out very specific analysis tasks. For example, enterprise resource planning (ERP) is an information system used to integrate the management of all internal and external information across an entire organization. Another example is a geographic information system (GIS), which is used to manage and analyze all types of geographical data. Expert systems are another example of information systems. An expert system is designed to solve complex problems by following the reasoning of an expert. So, the system you use will depend largely on the work your organization does. We can help you match the correct information system solution to fit your specific needs.

Implementation of information systems depends on systems integration services.

Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job DoneAt V2 Systems, we have many years of experience and expertise behind a variety of systems integration services. Our capabilities include:

  •    Specifying, acquiring, and deploying hardware
  •    Researching and deploying software
  •    Establishing corporate data structures
  •    Managing files and migrating data
  •    Providing custom backup solutions
  •    Optimizing systems
  •    Automating system functions
  •    Upgrading existing systems
  •    Transitioning and upgrading to newer operating systems
  •    Transitioning from Microsoft to Open Source
  •    Training system administrators

Your organization will benefit greatly from V2’s years of expertise in getting applications to work at the desktop. We know the right questions to ask to help you maximize productivity. Well-planned and executed projects are our specialty. And because we support a broad scope of hardware and software products, V2 can provide service for the life of the product. Our systems engineers have years of experience in their field and carry the certifications that are essential to developing a fully accredited, best-in-class solution and the troubleshooting skills to keep your systems up and running.


Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY!

About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job Done
Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job Done