Community Development and Training Centre Semester 2 2006 IT 245 Management Information Systems Chapter 12 Software 1. What major trends are occurring in software? What capabilities do you expect to see in future software packages? 2. How do the different roles of system software and application software affect you as a business end user? How do you see this changing in the future? 3. Refer to the Real World Case on Hershey Direct and Norm Thompson in the chapter. Why are middleware like application servers necessary in today's computing environment? Why is an operating system necessary? That is, why can't an end user just load an application program in a computer and start computing? 4. 5. Should a Web browser be integrated into an operating system? Why or why not? 6. Refer to the Real World Case on TravelNow and BEA Systems in the chapter. Why do software companies think people will pay to use their software on a per use basis? Do you agree? Why or why not? 7. Are software suites, Web browsers, and groupware merging together? What are the implications for a business and its end users? 8. How are HTML, XML andJava affecting business applications on the Web? 9. Do you think Wmdows 2000 and Linux will surpass Unix and Netware as operating systems for network and Web servers? Why or why not? 10. Which application software packages are the most important for a business end user to know how to use? Explain the reasons for your choices.