A World of Choice: Practical Aspects about
Complex IS and OS
Assoc. Professor Claudia-Georgeta Carstea
Dean Faculty of Economics
"George Baritiu" University of Brasov
Abstract: Up to now, most open source software (OSS)
deployments have been in invisible infrastructure
applications running on back-office servers (GNU/Linux,
Apache, and so on). In many cases, the extra
functionality available in OSS systems allows for a
richer feature set. Much has been written about the
motivation of individual OSS developers; in this case,
the primary drivers behind an organizations decision to
implement OSS solutions are principle and pragmatism.
Open source systems lack the comfort zone that a
commercially acquired solution provides; rather, support
comes from bulletin boards and the like.
However, open source software has been widely used for a
long time in academic institutions. In this way, the
usage of this type of software comes with drastically
lower cost than usual. Also, because open source
software is more or less free, there is often the mis-perception
that service and support should also be correspondingly
priced, which is a difficult mindset to break. Although
the open source phenomenon is sometimes characterized as
a threat for the software development industry, small to
medium-sized enterprises anywhere in the world leverage
the innovative open source model as an infrastructure on
which to create new business opportunities. Being the
most complete and most popular open source development
technology, Java platform is used and describe specific
technologies and products used in software development
and production. In the following section we describe
conditions in which this information system is being
developed. In addition, we explain architecture of the
system devised to allow successful development in this
environment. The third section describes technologies
used to implement the system according to constraints
and goals set by its architecture. The fourth section
introduces specific tools used to develop and deploy
components of the information system together with the
discussion and reasons why these products are used.
Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Claudia Carstea is Associate Professor in Databases and
Management Information Systems at "George Baritiu"
University, Brasov, Romania. Received her Ph.D. In
Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics, AES,
Bucharest, Romania. Research activities focus in the
fields of: performance management and measurement in
design information systems, business networks,
databases, risk evaluation in project management,
process control in management information systems.
She is Dean of Faculty of Economics, "George Baritiu"
University of Brasov, Romania. Also she is Head of ECDL
Department at the same university.
She is author and co-author of numerous research papers
published in referred journals and conference
proceedings, and he has been author and editor of
national and international books.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Claudia Carstea has authored and
co-authored 82 scientific publications in books,
journals, and conference proceedings.