The term Business Application Software also referred to as Business Applications applies to any kind of software or group of computing programs that are used by users in the business community, to execute a wide range of business roles.
By itself, an application refers to a program, or group of programs, that is designed keeping the end user in mind; more importantly the specific solutions that the application intends to offer to the end user.
Business Application Software is generally segregated into two broad categories: Systems Software and Applications Software.
• Systems Software: Systems software comprises extremely basic programs that operate on a very low level – such as system utilities and operating system, also known as system maintenance functions.
• Applications Software: On the other hand, Applications Software, also known as end-user programs, comprises tools such as database platforms, data processors, Internet utilities and spreadsheets. All business application software (known as "apps" for short) is employed to enhance efficiency, to assess output and to fulfil business functions perfectly. These computing programs are commercially available as shrink-wrapped software that in itself is a self-contained, complete program performing a definite functional job.
In the literal sense, Applications Software is solely reliant on the functioning of Systems Software, because it will not be able to run without the Operating System and System Utilities.
There are a various kind of application software. Some of which include:
• Software Suite: Offers a range of multiple solutions (more than two programs) in its comprehensive collection bundled in it. All the applications present in the bundle inter-relate with each other through its connected uses, aspects and user interfaces.
• Enterprise Software Applications: Deals with a company's requirements and information-flow in a vastly disseminated surrounding.
• Enterprise Infrastructure Software: Supplies facilities needed to maintain enterprise software arrangements.
• Content Control Software: Used to control confidential data, content or listings especially to restrict classified information over the Internet, through various electronic means.
• Educational Software: Primary function is to enable learning or self-study.
• Media Development Software: Covers distinctive needs to create, produce and publish electronic media for audience to use.