ERIC Number: ED039889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Developing the Common Data Base for Management Information Systems: VI. Designing a Data Base for Growth.
Podell, Harold J.
A subset of data base management techniques for the hardware/software functions necessary to support a management information system are discussed. Seven basic dimensions of data base design are: (1) data base life span, (2) logical record growth, (3) record content growth, (4) data set organization, (5) linkages, (6) design criteria and (7) modeling and the data base. The approach utilized is to introduce the broad concepts concerned with data base design techniques and to focus on practical file management software examples. Data base examples are utilized from MARK IV, Informatics Inc. and Retrieval Analysis and Presentation System (RAPS), Leasco Systems and Research Corporation. Broader managerial implications are introduced as a determinant set of conditions that affect data base size and growth. Economies of technological scale are a function of various factors such as the selected file management software system, the data base size, and the computer processing/communication environment. Recognizing the tradition of gradually integrating files into the future common data base structure of tomorrow's management information systems, data base design technology is introduced at the individual file level. Common data base development consolidation and integration can be achieved by extending the basic concepts that are presented. (Author/MF)
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Authoring Institution: Leasco Systems and Research Corp., Bethesda, MD.
Note: Paper given at American Management Assoc. Orientation Seminar #6207-06,July 23 - 25, 1969