ERIC Number: ED222231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Business Use of Small Computers in the Salt Lake City, Utah Area.
Homer, Michael M.
In July 1981, Utah Technical College (UTC) conducted a survey of businesses in the Salt Lake City area to gather information for the development of a curriculum integrating computer applications with business course instruction. The survey sought to determine the status and usage of current micro/mini computer equipment, future data processing acquisition plans, and the perceived importance of applied data processing instruction in business courses. Questionnaires were mailed to 335 small, medium, and large businesses in the areas of agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation, wholesale, retail, finance, and services. Study findings, based on an 86% response rate, revealed that: (1) 79% of the firms were using computers for business applications; (2) 51% of the firms planned to obtain a new computer within 5 years; (3) the major business areas in which computers were used were accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, and payroll; (4) 34% of the respondents indicated that their software programs were internally developed, and 31% used both packaged and internally developed programs; (5) 56.7% of the firms employed their own computer programmer, and 33.6% contracted for programming; and (6) 80% of the respondents considered the inclusion of applied data processing in business courses to be of major importance. Based on the findings, it was recommended that UTC revise its business course curricula to include data processing instruction. The questionnaire is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah Technical Coll., Salt Lake City.