Annotation This introductory user's guide to systems analysis and systems design focuses on building sustainable information systems to meet tomorrow's needs. It shows how practitioners can apply multiple participatory perspectives in development, so as to avoid future problems. As a practical guide, it is presented to be readily comprehensible and is organized to enable users to concentrate on their goals efficiently, and with minimum theoretical elaboration. The chapters follow the sequence involved in planning an information system, explaining key words, the time involved in each step, ending with a tutorial or exercises.
How to Set Up Information Systems A non-specialist's guide to the Multiview approach; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Acronyms and Abbreviations; Introduction to the Book; Purpose; Tools and methodology; Structure; Chapters; Appendices; Glossary of buzzwords; Suggested reading and references; CHAPTER 1 Information Systems and Organizations; Introduction; Information systems: A catalogue of failures?; Conclusions; Exercise; CHAPTER 2What is Systems Analysis and Systems Design?; Introduction Basics of a systems analysis and systems design methodologyExample of a systems analysis and systems design methodology in action; The reductionist; The systemic; What is the research approach and methodology of this book?; Conclusion; Exercise; CHAPTER 3The Role of the Systems Planner or Systems Analyst; You the analyst: First thoughts; The history of the analyst; You the analyst: Second thoughts; Present reflection and self analysis; Reflecting on the development of the analyst; Conclusions; Exercise CHAPTER 4Terms of Reference and Selecting our Planning/Development Tools: Sequence and ScheduleThe reality of analysis: Terms of reference; Understanding the information environment: Information audit; The context of an analysis methodology: Selecting the right tools; The soft systems approach; Information modelling; Social and technical requirements; Human-computer interface; Technical aspects; Ways of using Multiview; Conclusion; Exercise; CHAPTER 5What is the Problem? The Human Activity System: Making a Model; Introduction to the human activity system; The rich picture; Preparation The primary components of the rich picture: StructuresThe primary components of the rich picture: Processes; Putting together the rich picture; The root definition; Introduction; Three examples of CATWOE; The new system (in concept); Introduction; Conceptual model/systems model; Conceptual model: Main activities for the information system project; Systems model: Main systems involved in the information system; Final considerations; Conclusions; Exercise; Part 1: The human activity system phase; Part 2: On root definitions and systems models; Part 3: Developing a systems model CHAPTER 6Information Modelling: Making a Workable SystemIntroduction to information modelling; Entities, attributes, functions and events; Entity models/tables; Attributes; Functional decomposition; Double checking on entities and functions; Events; Tying it all together; Conclusions; Exercise; CHAPTER 7Technical Needs, Social Needs: Getting the Right Balance; Introduction to socio-technical systems; Predict future environment analysis; Outline social and technical objectives; Social objectives of the proposed information system; Technical objectives of the proposed information system Generate social and technical alternatives
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