Information Systems Software - Study Guide
Information Systems Software - Study Guide

Information Systems Software - Study Guide

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A study guide on business information systems software.

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Information Systems Software - Study Guide

​Learning Objectives

  • Define the term software
  • Describe the two primary categories of software
  • Describe the role ERP software plays in an organization
  • Describe cloud computing and its advantages and disadvantages for use in an organization
  • Define the term open-source and identify its primary characteristics

Come up with your own definition of software. Explain the key terms in your definition.


What are the functions of the operating system?


Which of the following are operating systems and which are applications: Microsoft Excel, Google Chrome, iTunes, Windows, Android, Angry Birds.


What is your favorite software application? What tasks does it help you accomplish?


What is a “killer” app? What was the killer app for the PC?


How would you categorize the software that runs on mobile devices? Break down these apps into at least three basic categories and give an example of each.


Explain what an ERP system does.


What is open-source software? How does it differ from closed-source software? Give an example of each.


What does a software license grant?


How did the Y2K (year 2000) problem affect the sales of ERP systems?


Go online and find a case study about the implementation of an ERP system. Was it successful? How long did it take? Does the case study tell you how much money the organization spent?


What ERP system does your university or place of employment use? Find out which one they use and see how it compares to other ERP systems.


If you were running a small business with limited funds for information technology, would you consider using cloud computing? Find some web-based resources that support your decision.


What are three examples of programming languages? What makes each of these languages useful to programmers?

​Information Systems for Business and Beyond © 2014 David T. Bourgeois, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license made possible by funding from The Saylor Foundation’s Open Textbook Challenge.

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