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Computers In Business


In the business world today, computers and the software
applications that run on them basically control a well
organized business. Every major company is equipped with a
computer, or network that connects through different
branches throughout the firm. Computer Hardware: To keep up
with the fastest technology that dominates the market is to
be a sensible buyer. A system can be outdated in a matter
of two years time. Software applications based on today's
needs require more hard disk space and speed to run
efficiently. The most powerful system would be the 586
machine which was developed in November, 1992. The space
required on a business system depends on the firm. If a
company has a network, their memory would range on the
applications required to run the system productively. A one
to three gigabyte hard drive would be most common for
businesses. To keep these applications on the computer, you
need a fair amount of RAM memory as well as hard disk
space. An application developed in 1993, probably will be
to powerful and run quite slow on a previous system that
was 'top of the line' in 1991. That's why it is important
for companies to understand that they must think years down
the road before spending thousands of dollars on the
technology of today. The best way is to prepare for the
future such as making sure your mainframe is upgradeable
and contains at least 8 expansion slots, which should
already be loaded with enhanced graphics cards, the
necessary amount of serial ports etc.. Networks are
everywhere in the world of business. A network is a series
of computers throughout the company which rely on one or
two fileservers. Or it can be used in long distance
communication through modem. An example would be that a
company located in Calgary can call up its other branch in
Toronto via modem, also able to up and download valuable
files or records. Networks have their disadvantages also.
Computer viruses are always present somewhere in a disk or
computer system ready to strike. If an over powering,
destructive virus enters a network system, all data can be
severely damaged or lost completely. That's why there is
back-up drives to store existing data that is written onto
the disk each day. Anti virus programs are there to alert
the user and wipe the virus off the system before it does
any destruction to the data stored on the network. As far
as practicality and mobility is concerned, the laptop has
been around for quite a long time. A laptop computer is a
portable computer, about the size of a brief case. This is
a good feature to save time and money. Laptops allow you to
connect to fileservers or mini systems after you travel
around with them. Once you are at your destination, you can
give another system a "unit to unit" data exchange. This
means you connect the laptops serial port to the other
system's port and transfer data without external data.
Diskettes are also capable of holding small quantities of
information that can be used for transferring. In this day
and age every computer has a hard disk which contains the
programs and applications that are used in the business
industry. Programs and Applications Used in Business: Many
computer applications can make a computer do wonderful
things for you. Most of you have heard of programs such as
Wordperfect, Lotus, Freelance, etc.. that are productive in
helping the user perform functions that save time. In
businesses, word processing is always included on a system.
Different programming companies supply many programs that
are quite helpful for the user. Wordperfect is probably the
best designed word processor on the market so far. This
program is easy for the user to learn, it contains a spell
and punctuation check, it contains pre designed graphic
arts, a thesaurus, and runs efficiently on a 386 machine
that is basically not fast enough for modern applications
today. Another application which is helpful in business is
a data base. This application stores records and inventory
on disk, which can be added and deleted as needed. An
example where you would use a data base could be records of
customers you have and would like to see what they
previously purchased. Spreadsheets are a great commodity in
business. a spreadsheet does many different calculations on
products or other prices imputed into the computer. a math
co-processor is quite useful for applications like this
since you are using mathematical functions. The best brand
name spreadsheet on the market is Lotus. Firms prefer
user-friendly systems that people can understand how to
use. The user does not want to be stuck in an environment
where there is commands unheard of. Windows was developed
for this purpose. Windows is a solution for MS-DOS which
usually runs the system. MS-DOS still runs most networks
today but Windows does all the DOS features except in a
user friendly way. Windows is a pop up menu environment
where you can click your mouse to access the menus and
double click it to perform the tasks, such as to load a
program. Many programs are run off of Windows as well as
MS-DOS. Multi-Tasking has been introduced in the last
couple of years to make it easier to access many programs
with them running on the system at the same time. Instead
of logging off one program and reloading another, you can
load several programs at the same time and change to them
by pop up windows. Windows is a multi-tasking program that
runs well according to the RAM memory that is accessible.
IBM recently has come out with their OS/2 program which is
the largest multi-tasking unit available. This program is
compatible to any program on a system, and runs much
quicker when you load up several programs. The business
world will continuously advance as years go by, and many
businesses will be upgrading more all the time. This chain
will go on all the time as new programs are invented to
suit a company's needs.


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