ERIC Number: ED244549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Planning for Distributed Systems.
Chew, Robert L.
Reasons for distributed systems (DS) of planning and design for information services for colleges are discussed. The methodologies and approaches from industry and academe are contrasted to show how the process of DS can be effectively managed to meet a variety of institutional needs. DS represent a natural evolution of the historic development of data processing, from its cycles between centralized and decentralized equipment and operations. An industrial DS planning methodology is outlined that involves five processes: identify DS goals and objectives, determine DS problems/opportunities, apply DS concepts and technology, select DS applications, and apply the DS development process. Academic institutional planning approaches for communications and distributed processing are addressed. At Bentley College (Massachusetts), the following issues are being examined: the mission and operations of the college in relation to information services; future directions; strategies and programs for achieving goals; and the costs involved. It is noted that a pilot local area network has been implemented as the first phase of an integrated communications network for the campus. Technical and management issues that need to be resolved are also identified. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bentley College MA
Note: In: Information Resources and the Individual. Proceedings of the CAUSE National Conference (San Francisco, CA, December 11-14, 1983). Boulder, CO, CAUSE, 1984, p. 101-110. For the complete proceedings, see HE 017 245.