The common foundation driving the evaluation and selection of the next generation of computer applications will be: 1- Featureset and quality of the software. 2- The improvement in employee productivity or reduction in software licensing cost. 3- Effective strategies for managing the implementation and realizing a return on investment. Organizational enterprise is facing an entirely new set of assumptions regarding how to manage, upgrade, and migrate their existing computer applications
infrastructure. There is a compelling business case to utilize and integrate the free and low cost open source operating systems and applications with Microsoft software. Software as a service
and web apps
which run on web browsers and platforms other than the Microsoft Windows operating system
family and MS Internet Explorer web browser will have to be accommodated.
SaaS: Software as a Service provides network-based access
to commercially available software. It also presents new opportunities for
software vendors: 1- Increased speed of deployment. 2- Increased user
adoption. 3- Reduced support requirements. 4- Lowered cost of
implementation and upgrades. SaaS provides network-based access to
commercially available software such as Google Docs, Microsoft 365,
Photoshop.com, Acrobat.com, and Netflix.
Mobile Computing and Web
Mobile devices and web apps present new capabilities through web browsers, mobile operating systems, and FOSS: Free Open Source Software.
The leading smartphone platform in terms of global units sold
is the Google Android OHA: Open Handset Alliance platform; Samsung, HTC,
Google/Motorola, and Sony Ericsson. In the aggregate this translates into market leadership. The Apple iPhone is the single most popular smartphone.
The MS Windows Phone has negligible market share in the United States. Sales of the Windows smartphones in Europe show promise.
In 2013, Microsoft acquired the
handset and services business of Nokia in an effort to position Microsoft as
a more prominent player in mobile computing devices. Microsoft has been
playing catch up in 1- hardware with multicore processors, 2- operating
system platform and interface and 3- web app ecosystem.
In tablet media, the Apple iPad is the leader; the Apple iOS operating system platform is
highly respected in terms of quality and developer support. Google acquired
patents with its purchase of Motorola Mobility which allow
for significant improvements in the integration and performance of its Google Android and Chrome operating systems
third party manufacturing of phones, tablet computers, and consumer devices.
Samsung is the market leader in terms of units sold of Android smartphone
and tablet computing devices.
PC Desktop Operating Systems and Web Browsers
Microsoft Windows 7 has surpassed XP as the the most widely used desktop operating system. As the extended support phase of MS Windows XP approaches,
to continue with a MS Windows desktop foundation infrastructure, organizational enterprise will
have to make an investment in Windows 8. MS Windows Vista adoption peaked in the fourth quarter 2009 and its utilization also has continued to steadily decline as part of the upgrade to MS Windows 7
and 8. Although it is the emerging desktop standard; a likely scenario is that MS
Windows 7 and 8 will be used to servicize virtualized desktop and web browser operating systems. There also will be new challenges in supporting
and migrating to the Windows 7 and 8 desktop operating systems in conjunction with device and operating
system diversity: smartphones, tablets, and BYOD devices.
Web browsers increasingly are being used to execute applications and manage data. Although Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the leader in desktop browsing,
its share has been steadily declining. Both the Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox open source web browsers are being installed and used on Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems.
In the fourth quarter of 2011,
Chrome surpassed Mozilla Firefox as the second most
preferred desktop browser.2
The Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox open source web browsers provide reliable value which enhances and automates quality software. Google Corporation has been expending considerable resources to develop and distribute a service web apps ecosystem to serve as an alternative to Microsoft software.
Google web applications can be accessed from a web browser. From the
framework of an aggregate market definition - Microsoft
Windows desktop, Linux-variants, and mobile devices,
Google Chrome is now the most widely installed global
Google Mobile Device Operating
and Emerging Web Ecosystem
Mobile Apps and Systems of Engagement
Mobile devices and web apps draw upon an information technology infrastructure with immense data and information for empowering employees and engaging customers. A mobile app is a de facto website.
A well structured mobile app will: 1- Project business value with provisioning and support tools. 2- Accelerate efficient decision making with data dashboards 3- Control and extend the value of smart products and services.
To meet these requirements, it will be important to have the governance and coding of the application software accurately aligned with the business model. The software architecture and presentation interface of the mobile app needs to provide an engaging user experience and be consistent with the database schema foundation. A common cause of problems with a mobile strategy occurs when the design architecture does not explicitly align with the engagement software, application management, and
back-end systems of record. In many situations, it will be necessary to rework SOA: service oriented architecture to reduce message traffic and overhead for services originally designed for PCs on high speed networks or reface and re-architect middleware APIs to
deliver task-oriented real-time response.
For large organizations, the complexity associated with developing and supporting multiple mobile platforms, in all likelihood will accelerate a migration
to cloud computing and adoption of software as a service.
Computer Applications Training by SYS-ED
SYS-ED is a leader in
and incorporating open source software into its MS courses and training programs. The subject matter, examples, sample programs, exercises, and validation assessment have been organized to provide guidance
resolution in hybrid software environments.
Substantial investments have been
made in both hardware and software infrastructure for running computer applications software.
Computer applications software and more specifically the Microsoft Windows suite of integrated software and applications - Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Expression, and Project - have become the administrative foundation for the vast majority of
organizational enterprise. The programmatic implementation of office and network administration tasks
primarily has been with Microsoft languages and tools: batch file programming, WordBasic, Access Basic, VBA, WSH, and PowerShell.
- New and better methods for inputting and data entry.
- Style sheets and macros for word processing.
- Web-enabling data for utilization with the Internet.
- Integration of networking and search.
Programmatic presentation and exchange of data to local and remote locations.
Client- and server- side presentation and storage of information with scalable databases.
Our system consultant instructors are experts in teaching how to design and programmatically automate the MS SharePoint with Excel, Access, and PowerPoint for processing information in a variety of data and presentation formats: HTML5 with XML and JSON. We provide specialized training services on the emerging commercial and open source web apps and mobile device operating systems.
In order to assist client organizations in evaluating and implementing legacy applications, SYS-ED has been researching the native desktop and application virtualization capabilities of the desktop operating systems.
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