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Students' Guide to Business Computing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780434918775, 9781483104263

Students' Guide to Business Computing

1st Edition

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Authors: Norman Stang Frank Blewett
eBook ISBN: 9781483104263
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 1st January 1989
Page Count: 240
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Students' Guide to Business Computing discusses topics concerning the use of computers in business. The book is comprised of nine chapters that define systems requirements and discuss the issues in designing a system. Chapter 1 covers the business enterprise, while Chapter 2 tackles business computers. Chapter 3 talks about initiating the systems development life cycle, and then Chapter 4 deals with determining system requirements. The book also covers systems design and choosing and using a programming language. Applications software and systems testing and implementation are also discussed. The last chapter talks about selecting business computing hardware and software. The text will be useful to entrepreneurs who want to integrate information technology into their business.

Table of Contents


1: The Business Enterprise


The Three Main Business Sectors

Organization within Business

The Hierarchy of Personnel and Responsibilities

The Information Needs of the Business

Business Information Systems

2: The Business Computer


What is an Information System

Information Processing

Why are Computers Useful for a Business

A Simple Computer-Based Information System

Expertise Needed to Produce Software

Packages and Tailored Software

Communication Links

Computing Needs of a Large Business

Organization Structure of a Large Computer Department

Computing Needs of a Small Business

3: Initiating the Systems Development Life Cycle


The Concept of Systems

Systems Problems

The Systems Development Life Cycle

Starting the Systems Development Process

The Preliminary Investigation

4: Determination of System Requirements


Organization Charts

Determination of Requirements

Developing a Systems Profile

Fact-Finding Techniques


Structured and Unstructured Interviews

Conducting an Interview

Fact-Finding Techniques


Fact Finding Techniques


Fact-Finding Techniques

Record Inspection

Determining User Requirements

Describing Data Elements

5: Systems Design


Phases of Systems Design

Design of the Outputs from the System

Major Features of Printed Output and Paper as a Medium

Design of Computer Input

The Design of the Data Filing Methods

File Storage Media

Methods of File Organization and Processing

Business Databases

Design of Data Controls and Security Systems

Buying Packaged Software

6: Choosing and Using a Programming Language


What is a Programming Language

Assembly Languages

High-Level Languages

Fourth Generation Languages (4GL)

Development of Programming Expertise

Database Packages

Expert Systems

7: Applications Software


Why Use a Computer for Accounting

Integrated Accounting Packages

Stock Control

Purchase Ledger

Nominal Ledger


Interrelations between the Accounting Ledgers

Contract Accounting

Fires, Floods and Other Disasters

Useful Standard Packages

Other Applications

Specialist Applications

8: Systems Testing and Implementation


Program and Systems Testing

The Use of Prototyping in Systems Development and Testing

Using 4GLs


Changing over to the New System

File Conversion

Conversion to Live Files

Estimating Time Requirements

Bar Charts

PERT Charts

9: Selecting Business Computing Hardware and Software


Sizing the Computer

Assessing Computer Performance

IBM Computers and Compatibles

Paying for the Computer

Selecting Software

Where can You Buy Computers

Rules to Follow in Making a Decision



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Norman Stang

Frank Blewett

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