Successful Business Computing

Successful Business Computing

1st Edition - September 15, 1982

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  • Author: M. Tampoe
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483144856

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Successful Business Computing offers a practical guide to the selection and use of a computer system. It helps identify those factors that need to be assessed in buying computer equipment and the associated computing instructions, called computer programs or software. It is a management manual and not a technical treatise on computing theory, or advanced computing. The book is organized into three main parts. Part 1 helps the reader to recognize the symptoms and assess needs. It identifies some of the reasons which prompt the purchase of computer systems and the areas of the organization which can benefit. It explains a method of pinpointing the specific application areas. It emphasizes the need for a computing policy within the organization; specifies some significant policy issues; and identifies sources of external help. Part 2 guides the reader through the buying cycle, identifying the major activities and providing guidelines for the evaluation of the systems proposed. Part 3 explains the constituents of a computer system and provides a glossary of terms. This book is intended for the businessman or executive looking for guidelines on how best to handle the task of acquiring a computer system. It can also provide students with an introduction to the application of computers and computer systems in business and commerce.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Welcome to the World of Computing

    The Reader


    How to Use This Book


    Part 1: Understanding Your Needs

    Chapter 1. Why Do You Need a Computer?

    Is a Computer Needed?

    Can You Afford a Computer?

    Why a Computer?

    Chapter 2. Computing Policy

    Computing Policy

    Find the Time to Take the Trouble

    Organization Issues

    Management and Responsibility

    Implementation Strategy

    Investment Plan


    Chapter 3. What Help is Available?


    Choice of Supplier

    Chapter 4. For What Purposes Can a Computer Be Used?

    On-line, Transaction Processing or Real-Time Systems

    User Friendly

    Accounting Systems

    Order Processing

    Retail Over-the-Counter Sales

    Credit Sale Systems

    Office Support Systems

    Management Aid Systems

    Personnel Systems

    Management Graphics

    Industry Systems

    Manufacturing Systems

    Computer Systems for the Professionals

    Part 2: The Right Solution

    Chapter 5. Stating Your Needs

    The Benefits of Producing a Tender Document

    Evaluation Cycle

    Chapter 6. Evaluating the Supplier

    Supplier Staff


    Chapter 7. Evaluating the Hardware


    Input Devices

    Output Devices

    Storage Media

    Chapter 8. Evaluating Software

    Software Categories

    Operating Systems and Superstructure Software

    Applications Programs

    Desirable Functions and Facilities



    Chapter 9. Evaluating the Contracts

    General Issues

    Hardware Contract

    Software Contracts

    Software Product Licenses

    Service Contracts

    Termination of Contracts


    Part 3: The Computer

    Chapter 10. What is a Computer System?

    The Choice



    User Friendly Systems

    Computer Hardware


    Input Mechanism

    Output Devices

    Data Storage Devices

    Chapter 11. Glossary of Computer Terms


Product details

  • No. of pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1982
  • Published: September 15, 1982
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483144856

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