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Modern Systems Analysis and Design: Chapter 2 Software Origins

Test your knowledge of Chapter 2 'The Origins of Software' from the book 'Modern Systems Analysis and Design Seventh Edition' by Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Joey F. George, and Joseph S. Valacich. The quiz covers learning objectives related to outsourcing, different sources of software, evaluating off-the-shelf software, and software reuse.

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What is outsourcing in the context of systems acquisition?

Turning over responsibility of some or all of an organization’s information systems applications and operations to an outside firm

What is the primary source of most of a corporation’s application software?

Off-the-shelf software

What is a key characteristic of in-house coding according to the text?

Making components work together

Which of the following was NOT listed as one of Shell Oil's outsourcing vendors from 2008-2011?

<p>Microsoft</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does the text mention as a criterion for evaluating software from different sources?

<p>Cost-effectiveness</p> Signup and view all the answers

What role does reuse play in software development according to the text?

<p>Repetitive use of existing software components</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is one of the reasons mentioned in the text for organizations to outsource system development?

<p>Make up for lack of in-house knowledge</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which type of software is described as integrating individual traditional business functions into modules enabling a single seamless transaction to cut across functional boundaries?

<p>Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a characteristic of prepackaged, off-the-shelf software as mentioned in the text?

<p>Not customizable</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which type of firm helps companies develop custom information systems for internal use?

<p>Information Technology (IT) services firms</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the leading vendor of ERP systems as mentioned in the text?

<p>SAP AG</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary benefit of outsourcing system development according to the text?

<p>Free up internal resources</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the main goal of enterprise-wide solutions software as mentioned in the text?

<p>Integrate traditional business functions into modules</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is one of the main reasons for companies to take advantage of economies of scale, as mentioned in the text?

<p>To achieve cost-effectiveness</p> Signup and view all the answers

What type of system development is a non-core activity for many organizations according to the text?

<p>Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems development</p> Signup and view all the answers

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