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DQ#1 - What are some of the software suites and business application software packages that you have experience using? What are some of the features of the applications in those suites and packages? How is information generated in the individual programs stored? O’Brien and Marakas indicated that “the major uses of information systems for the operations, management, and competitive advantage of a business” (O'Brien & Marakas, 2008, p. 8). The software suite that I use on a daily bases and that I am most familiar with is the MS Office. I constantly use Outlook to schedule meetings, plan out my day, interact with employees, etc. I do various presentations throughout the organization and within my department, so PowerPoint comes in handy. I use excel for planning purposes, to store data, uncover trends, etc. There are three basic reasons for all business applications of information technology, and they play a vital role for the development and continued performance of a business entity. They consist of: * Support of its business processes and operations.

* Support of decision making by its employees and managers. * Support of its strategies for competitive advantage (O'Brien & Marakas, 2008, p. 9).

Software suites are great for businesses because they save money, instead of buying individual software packages separately. O’Brien and Marakas mentioned that “another advantage is that all programs use a similar graphical user interface (GUI) of icons, tool and status bars, menus, and so on, which gives them the same look and feel, and makes them easier to learn and use” (O'Brien & Marakas, 2008, p. 123). The software suites provide the advantage of compatibility with each other as well. This makes the software more efficient for businesses than just using a variety of individual packaged software. I wish I had more experience or was more familiar with accounting software. I know this class will be a huge benefit. Apart The software suites that...
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