The Economics of Information Systems and Software focuses on the economic aspects of information systems and software, including advertising, evaluation of information systems, and software maintenance.
The book first elaborates on value and values, software business, and scientific information as an economic category. Discussions focus on information products and information services, special economic properties of information, culture and convergence, hardware and software products, materiality and consumption, technological progress, and software flexibility. The text then takes a look at advertising to finance software, perspectives on East-West relations in economics and information, and evaluation of information systems. Topics include research on information systems, knowledge on Eastern European information services, GDR information institutes, local databases, GDR databases, CMEA directions, and theoretical propositions.
The manuscript reviews software reuse, software methodology in the harsh light of economics, quantitative aspects of software maintenance management, and calibrating a software cost-estimation model. Concerns cover the need for calibration, measuring maintainability, prognosis of maintenance effort, object-oriented programming, metaprogramming, and software quality and reuse.
The text is a dependable reference for computer science experts and researchers wanting to explore further the economics of information systems and software.
1 Introduction: Value and Values
Section I: Software Business
2 Mapping Strategies for Software Businesses
3 Scientific Information as an Economic Category
4 Advertising to Finance Software: The Feasibility of Soapware
5 Perspectives on East-West Relations in Economics and Information
Section II: Evaluation of Benefits
6 The Evaluation of Information Systems: A Critique
7 Cost-Benefit Analysis for MIS Expenditures Using Models Developed for Justifying Research and Development Expenditures
Section III: Project Costs And Management
8 Software Costing in Practice
9 Calibrating a Software Cost-Estimation Model: Why and How
10 Economics of Software Project Management in Tunisia: Basic Tucomo
11 Are Software Cost-Estimation Models Accurate?
12 Some Quantitative Aspects of Software Maintenance Management
Section Iv: Method Costs and Productivity
13 Software Methodology in the Harsh Light of Economics
14 Software Reuse - Key to Enhanced Productivity: Some Quantitative Models
15 Economics of Reuse: Issues and Alternatives
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- © Butterworth-Heinemann 1991
- 29th March 1991
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