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QSICT B063 2013 Aqua Inflatables

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Damian McKeown

on 22 April 2013

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B063 Pre-release material Working From Home Software Applications Teleworking is where the employee works from home (or away from the office).
This requires hardware and software
Licenses are required for software to be used legally
There are advantages and disadvantages of working from home The specific applications mentioned in the pre-release material are:
Translation software
CAD/CAM software Aqua Inflatables Proprietary Software - Microsoft, Serif... (stuff you use)
also known as "off the shelf" or "packaged" software

Bespoke Software - Written especially for your company

Open Source Software - Open Office, Google Docs... Advantages And Disadvantages Of Open Source

Open source is a fairly new concept that has gained huge popularity in the field of IT in recent years. This is mainly because open-source software is free to use – its greatest advantage. As it is developed by a non-profit community, it has some disadvantages as well.


Open-source software is free to use, distribute, and modify. It has lower costs, and in most cases this is only a fraction of the cost of their proprietary counterparts.

Open-source software is more secured as the code is accessible to everyone. Anyone can fix bugs as they are found, and users do not have to wait for the next release. The fact that is continuously analyzed by a large community produces secure and stable code.

Open source is not dependent on the company or author that originally created it. Even if the company fails, the code continues to exist and be developed by its users. Also, it uses open standards accessible to everyone; thus, it does not have the problem of incompatible formats that exist in proprietary software.

Lastly, the companies using open-source software do not have to think about complex licensing models and do not need anti-piracy measures like product activation or serial number.


The main disadvantage of open-source software is not being straightforward to use. Open-source operating systems like Linux cannot be learned in a day. They require effort and possibly training from your side before you are able to master them. You may need to hire a trained person to make things easier, but this will incur additional costs.

There is a shortage of applications that run both on open source and proprietary software; therefore, switching to an open-source platform involves a compatibility analysis of all the other software used that run on proprietary platforms. In addition, there are many ongoing parallel developments on open source software. This creates confusion on what functionalities are present in which versions.

Lastly, many of the latest hardware are incompatible to the open-source platform; so you have to rely on third-party drivers.

The decision of adopting open-source software should not be taken just on the basis of the low-cost involved. It entails a detailed analysis and understanding of the requirements before switching to open source to get full benefits of it. Source: http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2012/08/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-open-source/ http://tcsoftware.net/articles/custom-bespoke-software.html A comparison of the first two types http://www.tutor2u.net/business/people/workforce_teleworking.asp Working from home / remote from the office Software Licensing Legislation A licence is needed for you to use proprietary software legally.
The licence can be:
single user
multi user
site licence
The user normally has to agree to the terms of the licence before they are able to use the software.

With open source software, the licence provided allows you to use the software free of charge, and you could even edit/improve it.

Bespoke software is not normally available to anyone other than the company it was written for - terms of use may be specified in the contract between the two parties. http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_new/legal/copyright/miniweb/pg4.htm Translation Software Aqua Inflatables (AI) make the boats in China, so there may well be a need to use software to assist with translation.

There are online tools to help translate text or web pages, but there are software applications that can be purchased that will help to translate emails and documents without needing to cut and paste onto an internet site. http://www.freetranslation.com/ http://translation-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ SYSTRAN 7 Business Translator enables you to accurately translate and understand foreign language documents, emails, Web pages, and texts, and collaborate more efficiently.
Designed to meet the needs of today's small and midsized businesses, SYSTRAN 7 Business Translator adapts translation to your language domain by automatically learning new terminology from your data. Create dependable, quality translations of company correspondence, procedures, product information, presentations, and other documentation in popular file formats. Save and reuse previous translations for future use. Translate from your PC or online when traveling. http://www.systran.co.uk/translation-products/desktop/systran-7-business-translator Computer Aided Design - CAD some better than otters (sic) CAD is high precision drawing software which AI would use to design their boats. The software is quite expensive and you would need training, but it does have a number of benefits:
high accuracy of designs (drawings)
can zoom in to view detail
option of producing 3D designs reduces visualisation errors
library of parts can be used to save drawing each time
lists of parts required can be produced from the drawing
editing previous drawings is simpler than with hand drawn designs
designs can be rotated to see different views
find mid-point and end-points of lines as well as intersections
files can be exported ready for CAM Computer Aided Manufacturing - CAM Start of video - CAD design is created
6 min 20 sec the CAD design used to generate a program for a machine to make the part
7 min 00 sec tools and speeds modified
7 min 39 sec simulation of program is run
8 min 05 sec machine type is selected and NC program is created for it (NC - Numerical Control) - this program can be loaded straight into the machine Start of video - CAD design is created
6 min 20 sec CAD design used to generate a program
7 min 00 sec tools and speeds modified
7 min 39 sec simulation of program is run
8 min 05 sec machine type is selected and NC program is created The manufacturing takes place in China, so the designs that are made in the UK will need to be transferred to the Chinese company. This would probably be done using the "cloud" as a data store.
CAM software uses the data from the CAD drawing file and processes it to produce a machine program that can be input to an NC (Numerically Controlled) machine.

This speeds up the manufacturing process as programs used to be written in a text editor (Notepad) by an engineer, and could take days to produce. watch?v=MM2xadlNzDo http://www.youtube.com/ You don't see the times on this embedded video, add the red text at the end of youtube.com to watch it separately. As a guide the overall video is 9:10 long, so if you are good at percentages... Advantages Don't have to buy the software
No need for expensive IT staff to maintain systems
Scalable - can grow if becomes popular
Monthly payments for the service which is cheaper than the initial cost of buying servers and equipment
Air conditioned rooms etc not required
Disaster recovery covered by cloud provider Disadvantages The web service may be unreliable - no connection to your data or software
Question over the security of data stored globally
Over-dependence on particular cloud applications or services - difficult to leave
May not be able to get all software applications from the same cloud provider - may need multiple
Data protection issues if the data is held out of the EU? Computer Hardware Specifications http://www.2x.com/docs/en/whitepapers/pdf/WPthinclient.pdf A thin client is a general term for a device that relies on a server to operate. It provides a display device, keyboard and mouse and basic processing power in order to interact with the server.
A thin client device contains no moving parts such as fans or hard drives (in the case of a dedicated thin client device). It does not store any of the data locally – it is very thin in features and functionality – hence the term ‘thin client’.

The thin client computer can run the same software as a normal computer, but this software is run from the server that the client is connected to.

A business can save money on initial costs of the computers
Software is updated at a central point (the server)
Data is stored centrally and can be backed-up more easily
Users can access the server from anywhere
Lower running costs for the thin clients (electricity) - greener option
More secure - less chance of viruses, and data only stored in one place More information here Thin Client Technology Thin client technology uses more basic computer set-ups with a server providing the software - saves money because computer spec's are much lower Cloud Computing Internet based computing - with software, resources and data stored remotely.

Learn advantages and disadvantages of a business using cloud computing CPU mouse, keyboard... monitor, speakers... INPUT OUTPUT BACKING
STORAGE RAM internal memory http://www.howstuffworks.com/computing-power.htm Business Website Features Advantages Competitive advantage - you have one, others don't
Customers will find you - they look on the web first
Have a memorable web address (URL) - can be used to advertise the site
Product catalogue online - customers download, saves printing costs for the company
Cost effective - customers contact you through website - rather than exhibitions, or personal contact http://www.mercurymarine.com/inflatable-boats/ Website example Blogs http://blog.boats.com/ Weblogs - journal or diary type entries to a webpage
Can be used to show special offers and promotions
Regular updates keep people coming back
Can point them to your website
Low cost advertising compared to press and media
Videos can be embedded to give dynamic info
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