I-Business Aspects of Software Industry

Course Code :6003FTIIOT
Study domain:Electronics
Location:Not at UA, but at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:26
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Marc Goldchstein

3. Course contents *

Software is a pervasive technology: everybody knows Microsoft, Google and Facebook; 40% of all high tech startups in Flanders are software companies, software is a major part of the activity of many other companies. This course provides insights in the unique properties of this sector and the IT sector in general, and prepares students for a career (as entrepreneur of busines professional) in these fascinating industries.

The course is destined for students in Computer sciences and Business engineering. The 6 credit version is for TEW students.

During the lectures a/o following topics will be covered:

An introduction to concepts of technology entrepreneurship

• The history of the software and IT industries
• The market structure of the software and IT industries
• Business aspects of the software business: product management, software development management, services, maintenance and support, outsourcing
• Marketing aspects of software and IT
• Intellectual property rights and software
• Present and future developments in the software industry
• Cases
• Testimonials: a number of guest speakers, active in the IT and software industry, will present their story during the sessions. Presence on these sessions is mandatory