The Economics of Information Systems and Software - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750611220, 9781483161822

The Economics of Information Systems and Software

1st Edition

Authors: Richard Veryard
eBook ISBN: 9781483161822
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 29th March 1991
Page Count: 250
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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.

Table of Contents

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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