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Information Systems Software Programs - Chapter Summary
Check out this mobile-friendly information systems chapter to review software program concepts. Our expert instructors will show you the functions and uses of systems software, operating systems, middleware and application service providers. You'll also become more familiar with current software program trends. Study these lessons at your own pace and take the accompanying practice quizzes to retain the information. The flexible online format of this chapter enables you to study on any Internet-connected device at any time that fits your schedule. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Assess current trends and issues related to software programs
- Know how hardware and software resources are managed
- Explain several systems software and operating system functions
- Define enterprise, workgroup and personal operating systems
- Assess the uses of middleware
- Identify different types of software licensing
- Understand the purpose of an application service provider
- Recognize the benefits of SaaS
- Evaluate terminal emulator, chat and FTP communication software
1. Systems Software: Utility Software, Device Drivers and Firmware
System software coordinates the activities and functions of hardware and software, and it controls the operations of computer hardware. Learn about different types of system software, including utility software, device drivers and firmware.
2. Software Programs: Trends & Issues
In this lesson, we'll take a look at software programs, what software programs are, some trends associated with them, and some of the issues associated with these trends.
3. Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources
This lesson will introduce you to computer operating systems and help you figure out the difference between application and operating system software. Also, we will learn the difference between a desktop and wallpaper.
4. OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services
The operating system (or OS ) is the brain of a computer and manages its functions, including systems management/monitoring, communication/networking services management, security services management, and hardware/software services management.
5. Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems
While every computer needs an operating system, different devices and different users need different functionalities. Learn about the different types of operating systems.
6. Middleware: Definition, Uses & Example
In this lesson, we will examine the concept of middleware. We will define the term, discuss some practical uses for middleware, and give some examples.
7. Software Licensing: Proprietary and Free and Open-Source Licenses
All software applications require a software license that describes how software can be used and distributed. Learn about the differences in licensing between proprietary and free and open source software.
8. What is an Application Service Provider (ASP)?
In this lesson we will be examining application service providers (ASPs). We will understand how various-sized companies use ASPs to access specialized software as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using ASPs.
9. What is SaaS? - Definition, Examples & Benefits
Have you sent a message on Twitter or shared a picture on Facebook? These are examples of SaaS, or software as a service. In this lesson we will learn about SaaS and how it's used.
10. Communication Software: Purpose & Examples
You use communication software every day, from E-mail to texting. In this lesson, we'll review the purpose of communication software and provide examples of its use in modern systems.
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