Association for Information Systems

The AIS History Task Force for the IS Discipline fosters collection, preservation, interpretation, writing, and dissemination of the historical information in and about the IS field. To this end, the task force provides guidance within AIS and organizes activities independently and in collaboration with other AIS committees and groups. It advises AIS council on matters of the legacy and heritage of the IS field.

AIS through your eyes

Share some of your favorite AIS photos throughout the years! 

The History of AIS and
Our Communities

History of AIS

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) serves society through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. See the start of this global organization here. 

AIS Voice

Over the years AIS has highlighted many members of the information system community. The AIS Member Spotlight is excited to re-share these interviews.


Alan R. Hevner, a Distinguished University Professor and Eminent Scholar in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences department in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Professor Hevner conducts research in areas related to design science, software engineering, distributed database systems, healthcare information systems, IoT computing, and NeuroIS, has published over 200 papers, and has consulted with various companies from the Fortune 500.


Brian Pentland is a Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at Michigan State University. His publications have appeared in the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Information and Organization, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and elsewhere. Aside from his engagement in research and teaching, Professor Pentland is a prolific songwriter and musician. You can learn more about him and listen to his music at Doctor Decade. 


Michael D. Smith, Professor of Information Systems and Marketing and the Co-Director of IDEA, the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University. Beyond publishing in leading academic and professional journals, his work has been covered by global outlets including The EconomistThe Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesWired and Business Week. He also offers perspective on how the value of research can bridge the divide between the academy and practice.