Information Technologycomputing dictionary

<business, jargon> (IT) Applied computer systems - both hardware and software, and often including networking and telecommunications, usually in the context of a business or other enterprise. Often the name of the part of an enterprise that deals with all things electronic.

The term "computer science" is usually reserved for the more theoretical, academic aspects of computing, while the vaguer terms "information systems" (IS) or "information services" may include more of the human activities and non-computerised business processes like knowledge management. Others say that IT includes computer science.

(01 May 2000)

information technologyeducation dictionary

Also often called ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and C & IT (Communication and Information Technologies). The broad subject concerned with all aspects of managing and processing information, on databases or in libraries, especially within a large organisation or company. Because computers are central to information management, computer departments within companies and universities are often called IT departments. Some companies refer to this department as IS (Information Services) or MIS (Management Information Services).

(14 Jan 2009)