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Designing Information Systems focuses on the processes, methodologies, and approaches involved in designing information systems.
The book first describes systems, management and control, and how to design information systems. Discussions focus on documents produced from the functional construction function, users, operators, analysts, programmers and others, process management and control, levels of management, open systems, design of management information systems, and business system description, partitioning, and leveling. The text then takes a look at functional specification and functional analysis, procedures and rules, and data modeling and data analysis. Concerns cover charting conventions and data modeling concepts, domains and domain integrity, deciding the most appropriate design solutions, and presentation of solutions to the user community.
The manuscript examines implementation, user participation, aspects of human-computer interaction, project management, and system evaluation. Topics include appraisal of the simple approach, system evaluation with multiple purposes, data flows, data analysis and the data model, approaches to user involvement, and post-implementation evaluation and audit.
The text is a valuable source of data for computer programmers and researchers wanting to explore how information systems are designed.
Part 1 Human Organization
1 System Basics
1.1 What is a System?
1.3 What we Mean by Systems Analysis
2 Describing Systems
2.1 Data Flow Diagrams and Data Dictionaries
2.2 Data Models
2.3 Function Mini-Specs or Structure Rules
2.4 A Business System Description, Partitioning and Levelling
2.5 A Knowledge-Based System
2.6 Summary of the Descriptive Models
3 Management and Control
3.1 Realms of Control
3.2 Process Management and Control
3.3 Levels of Management
3.4 Open Systems
3.5 The Design of Management Information Systems
Part 2 System Design
4 How to Design Information Systems
4.1 Users, Operators, Analysts, Programmers and Others
4.2 An Overall View of Design
4.3 Feasibility Document
4.4 Documents Produced from Analysis and Specification
4.5 Documents Produced from the Functional Construction Function
4.6 Documents Produced from the Audit Function
5 Functional Specification and Functional Analysis
5.1 The Context of Functional Analysis
5.2 An Overview of Analysis and Specification
5.3 Obtaining the Facts
5.4 Analysing the Facts: Physical and Logical Data Flow Diagrams
5.5 Analysing the Facts: Boundary Considerations
5.6 Analysing the Facts: The Local Data Model and Users' Access Requirements
5.7 Analysing the Facts: Control Considerations
5.8 Analysing the Facts: Data Volumes, Timeliness and Response Time
5.9 Deciding the Most Appropriate Design Solutions
5.10 Presentation of Solutions to the User Community
5.11 The Sellemkwik Case Study: A Medium-Sized Garage
6 Procedures and Rules
6.1 The Careful Manufacturing Company
6.2 Transition Processing
6.3 Rule Specification Using Relationships in the Data Model
6.4 Rules About Processing
7 Data modeling and Data Analysis
7.2 The Context of Data modeling
7.3 Charting Conventions and Data modeling Concepts
7.4 Data Structures
7.6 Domains and Domain Integrity
7.7 Table Integrity Rules
7.8 'Views'and Local Data Models
7.9 Data Analysis
8 How The System Behaves
8.1 An Overview
8.2 Data Collection
8.3 Updating Serial Tables by Batch Processing
8.4 Organization of Data for Batch Processing
8.5 Dialogue Design
8.6 Organization of Data for Demand Processing
9 System Evaluation
9.1 The Problem
9.3 Coping with Uncertainty
9.4 Sensitivity Analysis
9.5 Cash Flow Analysis
9.6 Appraisal of the Simple Approach
9.7 Non-Monetary Pay-Off
9.9 Estimating the Reliability of our Suppliers by Using an Expression
9.10 Binary Utility Measurement
9.11 System Evaluation with Multiple Purposes
9.12 Review of Methods of Evaluation
9.13 The Relationship with Subsequent Design Stages
Part 3 Management and Control
10 The Data Dictionary
10.1 What is a Data Dictionary?
10.2 What Do Words Mean?
10.3 What We Want to Know About Tables
10.4 What We Want to Know About Columns
10.5 What We Want to Know About Domains
10.6 What We Want to Know About Relationships
10.7 The Data Dictionary Data Model
10.8 The Relationship Between an Application and the Database
10.9 Global Data Dictionary Data Model
10.10 Naming Conventions and Synonyms
10.11 The Last Word
11 Project Management
11.3 Naming Work Packages
11.4 Reporting Plans and Results
11.5 Data Flows, Data Analysis and the Data Model
11.6 Data Collection for Project Management
11.7 Work Measurement and Estimating
11.8 Clients and Managers
11.9 Composition of the Project Design Team
11.10 Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE)
11.11 Team Leadership
Part 4 Human Factors
12 Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
12.2 The Nature of HCI
12.3 Relationship of HCI to System Design
13 User Participation
13.1 What is a User?
13.2 The Traditional Participants of Systems Development
13.3 Who Should be the Participants?
13.4 Problems of Communication
13.5 Approaches to User Involvement
Part 5 Implementation
14.2 User Involvement and Training
14.3 Documentation - User and Operator Manuals
14.4 Testing The System
14.5 Changeover Procedures
14.6 Post-Implementation Evaluation and Audit
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- © Butterworth-Heinemann 1990
- 26th October 1990
- eBook ISBN:
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