Business Application

Business Application refers to any application that is important to running your business. Business applications can range from large line-of-business systems to specialized tools. Consider all the applications that run on either client computers or servers, including commercial off-the-shelf products, customized third-party systems, and internally developed systems.[1]

Some business applications are built in-house and some are bought from vendors (off the shelf software products). These business applications are installed on either desktops or big servers. Prior to the introduction of COBOL (a universal compiler) in 1965, businesses developed their own unique machine language. RCA's language consisted of a 12-position instruction. For example, to read a record into memory, the first two digits would be the instruction (action) code. The next four positions of the instruction (an 'A' address) would be the exact leftmost memory location where you want the readable character to be placed. Four positions (a 'B' address) of the instruction would note the very rightmost memory location where you want the last character of the record to be located. A two digit 'B' address also allows a modification of any instruction. Instruction codes and memory designations excluded the use of 8's or 9's. The first RCA business application was implemented in 1962 on a 4k RCA 301. The RCA 301, mid frame 501, and large frame 601 began their marketing in early 1960.[2]

Importance of Business Application[3]
Generally, a business application is any program that helps businesses measure or increase their productivity. This term is used widely not just in corporations but in small businesses as well. In fact, many people often take their old applications and upgrade it from time to time. Definitely, part of technological advancement include modernization of tools used to accomplish various objectives. It’s very important to update business applications and make it work. In the past, large mainframe computers were tackling the most tedious jobs like factory accounting and bank check clearing. But today, business applications can take care of these tasks easily. Not only will it speed the productive cycle, it will also cut costs considerably.

See Also

Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP)
Application Architecture
Application Development
Application Infrastructure
Application Integration
Application Life Cycle Management Platform as a Service (ALM PaaS)
Application Lifecycle Framework
Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
Application Management
Business Architecture
Business Software
Enterprise Architecture
Software Architecture
Solution Architecture


  1. Definition of Business Application Microsoft
  2. Business Software as business application Wikipedia
  3. Importance of Business Application start up biz hub

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