Analyses the role of software languages in the development of the information systems of the major financial organisations in South Africa. The results show the impact of Cobol as a highlevel application software language on the applications design and the number of application software personnel. If a financial organisation uses Cobol when it begins to implement its applications, it is far more likely to implement an effective design and require fewer applications personnel. A high-level approach in the use of systems software had a similar impact on the number of systems software personnel. Hardware also had an impact on effective design and the number of personnel. While there seemed to be no significant differences between Burroughs and IBM users, ICL users had significantly more applications and systems personnel. Other factors which seemed to influence the choice and approach towards software languages are also discussed. Future forecasts indicate that completely new aspects of business will have to be computerised and integrated within the applications design of each financial organisation. To do this effectively, more attention will have to be given to software design and the algorithms of correct programming.
|Subject||Business administration / Business leadership|
|Subject 2||Business administration / Business leadership|
|Degree Type||Masters degree|