Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019)

Chapter 3: Software

Upon successful completion of this chapter, you will be able to: • Define the term software ; • Identify and 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; and • Define the term open-source and identify its primary characteristics.

Introduction The second component of an information system is software, the set of instructions that tells the hardware what to do. Software is created by developers through the process of programming (covered in more detail in Chapter 10). Without software, the hardware would not be functional. Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019) pg. 44

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