By David Irwin
In a transparent record structure, this booklet presents specialist recommendation on reviewing details expertise wishes, powerful use of software program, doing company on the net, web merchandising and exposure, constructing an intranet, and extra. the aptitude and pitfalls of e-commerce also are explored.
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Access is through a CD-ROM reader connected directly to a computer or to a Local Area Network (LAN). Search and retrieval methods are similar to those used online. Multiple CD-ROM readers are available allowing network users to load and search automatically, without needing direct access to the CD-ROM reader. On-line information On-line hosts An on-line host provides access to a range of databases, together with other communications services, within the one system. The host provides the technology, vets the quality of databases and provides marketing, convenient access and billing for the user.
Choosing a network First review the types of data to be handled, the applications you want to run and the expected number of users. This determines your hardware requirements and suggests the facilities to be shared. Take into consideration possible future expansion and changing needs. You can then decide which of the two major types of network may best suit your needs. Peer-to-peer networks These networks treat all computers on the network as equals – each has its own software but data files can be shared, as can printers, etc.
The first, typified by Microsoft Works and Claris Works, gives you a single piece of software which combines word processing, graphics, spreadsheet and database applications. The second, commonly known as ‘suites’, is a set of separate applications from the same manufacturer which are designed to work alone but are able to transfer data easily to and from other 36 C H A P T E R 3 : S O F T WA R E F O R G E N E R A L B U S I N E S S A P P L I C AT I O N S parts of the suite. The combined elements of a suite are usually capable of far more sophisticated operations than the all-in-one packages.