Information Technology vs Information System

Information System is a system that consists of process, people and systems while Information Technology is a part of IT which consists of hardware, storage devices, processors.

Posted by Ankita Paul on 2nd May 2018

Information systems VS Information Technology

  • Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) are often used interchangeably.

  • They are actually thought to be the same but in reality, Information technology is a part of Information systems i.e. IT is a small part of the IS.

  • Both of them are concerned with computers, hardware, software, information, etc. but still they are different in their structures.

Information Systems

  • Information System(IS) is basically a huge pie which consists of processes, people, systems which is the main component to process the information.

  • It may not necessarily be in computer mode, it can also be in paper pencil mode.

  • For example, the hardware and software used to create, maintain and access the payment details of students in a college are referred to as an information system.

Information Technology

Information Technology(IT) is a subsystem of IS.

It is the technology used to store and retrieve data from the computer systems.

It is thriving through apps, the internet, mobile phones, etc.

It basically consists of computer hardware, software, databases, networks, etc.

For example, the hard disks, pen drives or any other storage devices used to store payment details of students of a college is basically IT.

Types of Information System

  • Transaction Processing System

  • Office Automation System – Word Processing, Email, Voice Mail.

  • Knowledge Work Systems

  • Management Information System

  • Decision Support Systems

Types of Information Technology-

  • Technical Support

  • Programmers

  • Web developers

  • IT Security

  • Computer System Analyst

  • Network Engineer

Colleges providing these degrees include-

The Pennsylvania State University

Coleman University

Armstrong State University

Baker College

Metropolitan Community College

Liberty University

Saint Leo University

Strayer University

Ottawa University

University of Phoenix



Information System and Information Technology, both are a crucial part of our lives. From this, we clearly understood that Information system is a whole system that supports the whole organization while Information system is a part of it in the form of hardware, processors, storage devices.