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Overview

Black & White Business Computing provides a broad view of information technology (IT) with a special emphasis on applying IT in the business environment. Instructors teaching core information technology classes often face questions such as: Why do I have to know this? Why does an accounting major need to know the difference between a motherboard and a keyboard? To such queries, Black & White Business Computing has answers in every chapter. While it will not make non-IT majors into experts at all facets of computing, it will enable them to be an intelligent part of the conversation and begin to prepare them for business decisions related to computing.

Black & White Business Computing introduces the important baseline concepts of information technology and business, demonstrates their dependency on one another, and then expands those concepts with real-world examples and applications. The text is specifically designed to be repetitive. Many concepts and terms, like networking, storage, and connectivity, are not limited to a single chapter, but are introduced in many different contexts and examples. Black & White Business Computing prepares students for successful academic careers in a business school setting by familiarizing them with basic aspects of computer information systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780558322106
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Business Information Technology 2

Business Information Technology 3

Business Computing Hardware 6

System Software 7

Operating Systems 7

Application Software 9

Business Computing Software 9

Fundamental Business Application Software 10

Word Processing Software 10

Spreadsheet Software 11

Database Software 13

Presentation Software 14

Specific-Use Business Application Software 15

Browser Software 15

Networks 15

Chapter 2: System Unit: Inside The Box 22

The System Unit 23

Microcomputer Configurations 23

Expansion Slots & Cards 30

Input & Output Devices 32

Output Devices 38

Chapter 3: Operating Systems: Understanding the Platform 46

Operating Systems 47

Processes / Multitasking 48

Memory Management and Storage 49

Disk Management 50

File Management 50

Networking 51

Device Drivers 52

Graphical User Interface 52

Embedded Operating Systems 52

Microsoft Windows® versus Mac OS® 53

Major Operating Systems 54

Open Source Operating Systems 57

Chapter 4: Storing Data and Information 64

Data Storage 65

Ones and Zeros 67

Physical Storage Characteristics 68

Characteristics of Storage Media 70

Business Storage Strategies 72

Data Archiving and Backup Strategies 74

Chapter 5: Applying Software for Business Productivity 82

Application Software 83

Business Application Software Suites 84

Word Processing Software 85

Spreadsheets 87

Databases 88

Presentation Software 89

Sharing Information 90

Object Linking Business Solution 92

Specialized Application Software 93

Web Authoring Application Software 94

Other Business Application Software 97

Collaborative Application Software 100

Chapter 6: System Software: Why the Box Works 106

System Software 107

Starting the Computer 107

Administering Application Software 109

Memory Management 109

Device Drivers 110

Interfacing and Utilities 111

File Management Systems 114

System Software Utilities 116

Backup Utilities 117

Antivirus Utilities 118

System Updates 118

Chapter 7: Green Business Computing 124

Green Business Computing 125

Information Technology Challenges and Opportunities 126

EPEAT–Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool 127

EPEAT Criteria 127

Energy Star® Specifications 129

The Green PC 129

Green Computing Business Plan 130

Telecommuting 132

Chapter 8: Business Networks 138

Networks 139

Building a Computer Network 142

Network Operating Systems 144

Network Topology 144

Types of Computer Networks 146

Network Security 147

Chapter 9: Internet: The World’s Largest Resource 156

Internet History 157

World Wide Web Structure 158

Website Address 159

Websites 160

Browsers 160

Browser Features 162

Internet Service Providers (ISP) 163

Search Engines 163

E-commerce 165

Security 168

E-mail 169

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) 170

Intranet 171

Chapter 10: Website Technology 176

Early Website Technology 177

Hypertext Markup Language 178

Website Styles and Categories 181

Types of Websites 182

Website Online Software 184

Online Advertising 186

Chapter 11: System Security and Computer Privacy 192

System Security and Computer Privacy 193

Business System Threats 193

Firewalls 194

Malware Threats 196

Malware Solutions 198

Passwords 199

Internet Fraud 199

Computer Privacy 201

Identity Theft 203

Chapter 12: Information Systems Role in Business Departments 208

Information Systems Role in Business Departments 209

The Accounting Department 209

The Human Resources Department 210

The Marketing Department 211

The Research and Development (R&D) Department 212

The Production Department 213

Information Systems Collaboration 213

Business System Reporting 216

Glossary 226

Index 249

Image Credits 255

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