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Return on Software Maximizing the Return on Your Software Investment

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ISBN-10: 032156149X

ISBN-13: 9780321561497

Edition: 2005

Authors: Steve Tockey

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List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Pearson Technology Group Canada
Publication date: 8/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.706
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction and Foundations
Return on Software: Maximizing the Return on Your Software Investment
Software on Purpose
Waste Not, Want Not
The Primary Message
A Secondary Message: Software Engineering Versus Computer Science
An Overview of the Book
Summary
Self-Study Questions
Business on Purpose
Why Are Companies in Business, Anyway?
Business Decisions in For-Profit Organizations
Business Decisions in Not-for-Profit Organizations
Business Decisions in Your Own Personal Finances
Summary
Self-Study Questions
The Fundamental Concepts of Business Decisions
Proposals
Cash-Flow Instances and Cash-Flow Streams
Cash-Flow Diagrams
Developing Cash-Flow Streams
Summary
Self-Study Questions
The Business Decision-Making Process
Introducing the Business Decision-Making Process
Understand the Real Problem
Define the Selection Criteria
Identify All Reasonable Technically Feasible Solutions (the Proposals)
Evaluate Each Proposal Against the Selection Criteria
Select the Preferred Proposal
Monitor the Performance of the Selected Proposal
Summary
Self-Study Questions
Interest: The Time Value of Money
Time Is Money
Interest
Naming Conventions in Interest Formulas
Simple Interest
Discrete Compounding of Interest
Single-Payment Compound-Amount (F/P)
Single-Payment Present-Worth (P/F)
Equal-Payment-Series Compound-Amount (F/A)
Equal-Payment-Series Sinking-Fund (A/F)
Equal-Payment-Series Capital-Recovery (A/P)
Equal-Payment-Series Present-Worth (P/A)
Summarizing the Formulas
Some Other Handy Relationships
Summary
Self-Study Questions
Other Interest(ing) Calculations
Using Different Interest Periods and Compounding Frequencies
The Relationship Between Cash-Flow Instances and Compounding Interval
Continuous Compounding, Discrete Payment
Determining Actual Interest Rates
Paying off a Loan Through a Single, Lump-Sum Payment
Separating Interest and Principal in Loan Payments
Paying Off a Loan Early Through Higher Payments
Interest Rates Might Not Be What They Seem
Summary
Self-Study Questions
Equivalence
A Simple Comparison of Two Proposals
Simple Equivalence
Equivalence with Varying Cash-Flow Instances
Equivalence Under Different Interest Rates
Summary
Self-Study Questions
Bases for Comparison
Comparing Cash-Flow Streams
A Simple Example
Present Worth, PW(i)
Future Worth, FW(i)
Annual Equivalent, AE(i)
Internal Rate of Return, IRR
Payback Period
Project Balance, PB(i)
Capitalized Equivalent Amount, CE(i)
Summary
Self-Study Questions
Developing Mutually Exclusive Alternatives
Relationships Between Proposals
Alternatives
Developing Mutually Exclusive Alternatives
The Do Nothing Alternative
Example Proposals
Summary
Self-Study Questions
Making For-profit Business Decisions
For-Profit Decision Analysis
Minimum Attractive Rate of Return (MARR)
Before- and After-Tax MARRs
The Basic For-Profit Decision Process
Decisions Based on Total Versus Differential Cash-Flow Streams
Present Worth on Incremental Investment
IRR on Incremental Investment
Comparisons Based on Tot