16 Aug, 2017

What Types Of Computer Software Drive Innovation?

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Digital transformation moves the functions of a business toward integrating innovative and digital technologies.

In order to successfully transform operations away from traditional methods, it is important to adapt every structure of the business to support innovation.

Making decisions that dictate your digital transformation journey can be tricky, and many business professionals do not know where to start.

First, finding a software to support computer systems is crucial. Let’s talk about the basics of software programs, and what they offer.

What Is System Software?

A system software provides an operating system that runs the application programs, working in the background of the computer.

People don’t operate the system software because it is installed and works on its own, to make sure applications are running.

“It is responsible for managing computer resources at a low level. It comprises of the operating system and all utility programs involved in the basic level. In precise terms, system software includes the “background” programs that allow one to use a computer.”  Differencebetween reports. 

What Is Application Software?

Since system software works behind the scenes to make sure the computer is running properly, application software deals with more specific tasks for the user, such as running database programs, word processors, Web browsers and spreadsheets.

Microsoft Office is the most common application software of them all. This includes access to Word documents, PowerPoints, Spreadsheets, and Databases.

“Their single biggest advantage is that they (application software) meet the exact needs of the user. Since they are designed specifically with one purpose in mind, the user knows that he has to use one specific software to accomplish his task.”  Buzzle reports. 

Open Source Software Vs. Closed Software

What Is Open Source Software?

Now that we have the basics down, let’s talk about the variations of software that are out there.

Open source software allows programs to be made public on the internet, for users to view, modify, and share when accessed.

“Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development,” Opensource explains. 

Source codes are provided with open source software, which enables programmers to change or access a computer’s system, such as applications or programs.

People prefer open source software for a variety of reasons. Opensource outlines a few.

  • Control  – open source software enables users to have control over the coding and can change any components that are working and not working.
  • Accessible – Programmers can easily access open source software, which enables individuals to study the coding easily. This increases collaboration among teams and works to train more IT professionals.
  • Secure  – Open source software is said to be more secure than other software due to the fact that it is so easily accessible. Professionals can recognize errors, fix and manage the codes easier.

Open source software brings forward a mentality that has driven digital transformation thus far.

It involves a new way of thinking, that includes collaboration and possessing a willingness to share. This goes hand in hand with other digital tools such as cloud computing, which enables multiple employees to work together on projects, using one server.

What Is Proprietary Software?

Proprietary software, or closed software, is exactly what the name suggests: it makes programs on the software closed to anyone without a license.

“With closed source software, the source code is closely guarded, often because it’s considered a trade secret that creates scarcity and keeps the organization competitive.” Itgct reports.

Proprietary software does not require in-house IT programs, because only an exclusive amount of people can access it, with the proper codes.

When it comes to digital transformation, it may be hard to decide which software will meet your business.

Here’s a little tip, according to Tarek Abdelsalam, companies spend so much money on licenses for proprietary software licenses, it leaves very little room for other digital transformation tools in the budget.

Learn more about different digital transformation tools at Digital Enterprise Transformation Assembly. 

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