Study questions and answer the exercise

Home work1:

Chapter 3 – study questions 1-8, Exercise 2

Chapter 4 – study questions 1-13, Exercise 5

(Information Systems for Business and Beyond)

The above assignments should be submitted in one-word document.

Chapter 3 – study questions 1-8, Exercise 2

  • Develop your own definition of software being certain to explain the key terms.
  • What are the primary functions of an operating system?
  • Which of the following are operating systems and which are applications: Microsoft Excel, Google Chrome, iTunes, Windows, Android, Angry Birds.
  • What is your favorite software application? What tasks does it help you accomplish?
  • How would you categorize the software that runs on mobile devices? Break down these apps into at least three basic categories and give an example of each.
  • What does an ERP system do?
  • What is open-source software? How does it differ from closed-source software? Give an example of each.
  • What does a software license grant to the purchaser of the software?

Exercise2: If you were running a small business with limited funds for information technology, would you consider using cloud computing? Find some web-based resources that support your decision.

Chapter 4 – study questions 1-13, Exercise5

  • What is the difference between data, information, and knowledge?
  • Explain in your own words how the data component relates to the hardware and software components of information systems.
  • What is the difference between quantitative data and qualitative data? In what situations could the number 42 be considered qualitative data?
  • What are the characteristics of a relational database?
  • When would using a personal DBMS make sense?
  • What is the difference between a spreadsheet and a database? List three differences between them.
  • Describe what the term normalization means.
  • Why is it important to define the data type of a field when designing a relational database?
  • Name a database you interact with frequently. What would some of the field names be?
  • What is metadata?
  • Name three advantages of using a data warehouse.
  • What is data mining?
  • In your own words, explain the difference between supervised learning and unsupervised learning. Give an example of each (not from the book).

Exercise 5: Conduct some independent research on the process of business intelligence. Using at least two scholarly or practitioner sources, write a two-page paper giving examples of how business intelligence is being used.

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