Using Networking and Communications Software in Business

Using Networking and Communications Software in Business

1st Edition - January 1, 1989

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  • Author: P.K. McBride
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483103617

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Using Networking and Communications Software in Business covers the importance of networks in a business firm, the benefits of computer communications within a firm, and the cost-benefit in putting up networks in businesses. The book is divided into six parts. Part I looks into the nature and varieties of networks, networking standards, and network software. Part II discusses the planning of a networked system, which includes analyzing the requirements for the network system, the hardware for the network, and network management. The installation of the network system and the network management, which covers password and security, backing up of files, managing the print server, and performing good network practices, are considered in Part III. Part IV describes the application and suitable software that concerns the database management and accounting systems, spreadsheets, and word processing. Communications and on-line services are dealt with in Part V. The last part of the book presents appendices on multi-user alternative, the Data Protection Act, SageNet, Tapestry II, and Product Suppliers for reference. The text is invaluable for computer engineers and people in business firms involved in data and systems management.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction


    Chapter 1 Communication within the Office

    What Makes up a Network?

    Other Networking Essentials

    Chapter 2 Networked or Separate?

    The Networked Office

    Bigger Systems, Bigger Savings

    Hidden Costs?

    Cost Benefit Summary

    Chapter 3 The Varieties of Networks

    The Background

    The Nature of Networks

    Coping with Collisions

    Chapter 4 Networking Standards

    The OSI Model

    The IEEE Standards

    Non-Technical Summary

    Chapter 5 Network Software


    In Use

    The NETBIOS System

    The Network Commands


    Planning a Networked System

    Chapter 6 Analyzing Your Requirements

    Applications Programs

    Users and Workstations

    Printers and Print Servers

    Data Storage Requirements

    Chapter 7 Hardware for the Network

    Dedicated File Servers

    The Sharing Workstation

    Back-up Systems

    Print Servers and Printers


    Design for Reliability

    Typical costings

    Chapter 8 The Office and the System

    Network Management

    Installation and Management

    Chapter 9 Installing the Network

    Stage 1 - The Trial Network

    Stage 2 - Applications Software

    Stage 3 - User Training

    Stage 4 - Cabling up

    Maintenance and Trouble-Shooting

    Chapter 10 Network Management

    The File Server

    Backing up Files

    Managing the Print Server

    On Being a Network User

    Networks and Application Software

    Chapter 11 Sharing Data

    File and Record Locking

    The Deadly Embrace

    Chapter 12 Suitable Software

    Database Management Systems

    Accounting Systems


    Word Processing


    Chapter 13 Electronic Memos and Networked Communications

    Mail, Memos and Calls

    File Transfer

    Calendars and Bulletin Boards

    Chapter 14 Going On-line

    Communications Basics

    Data Transmission

    Error Detection and Correction

    Terminal Emulation

    Other Facilities

    Chapter 15 The On-line Services

    Appendix A The Multi-user Alternative

    Time Sharing


    Reaching the Limits


    Operating Systems

    In the Office

    Appendix B The Data Protection Act


    Coverage and Exemptions

    The Data Protection Principles

    In Practical Terms


    Further Information

    Appendix C SageNet

    Appendix D Tapestry II

    Appendix A Product Suppliers



Product details

  • No. of pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1989
  • Published: January 1, 1989
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483103617

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