Business Systems Platforms

Credits: 3


The options for deployment of business information systems have grown in number and greatly increased in complexity since the Internet and concomitant technologies have become the most important de-facto standards for business computing and networking. Relevant technologies break down into five basic categories:

1. Computer Hardware: this primarily includes computers and storage
2. Communications: this includes wired, wireless, local and wide-area networks.
3. System Software: this includes operating systems and databases as well as transaction and message- based middleware, and load balancing.
4. Software Development: this includes web services, service-oriented architectures, and all of the various technologies commonly grouped under the heading “Web 2.0”.
5. Horizontal Applications: this includes technologies like RFID, Business Intelligence, workflow and Content Management.

Accordingly, the course will pursue three simultaneous paths:

1. Lectures and additional presentations by outside speakers will survey the most important software and hardware technologies that businesses use to deploy information systems. This will include an examination of capabilities, strengths, weaknesses, and relevant standards. It will also address alternative implementations and costs.
2. Full-length case studies and class discussion will facilitate the examination of the business implications of and the context in which these system deployment technologies are utilized.
3. Individual and team student projects will give the students experience in researching, understanding, evaluating and explaining information technologies.

Prerequisites: None.