ERIC Number: ED297687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Single System Image: An Information Systems Strategy. Professional Paper Series, #1.
Heterick, Robert C., Jr.
Strategic planning for information systems and descriptions of the products needed to purvey an institution's information resources as though they were delivered from a single, integrated system are featured, emphasizing strategy and tactics. Various accepted premises for the current state of higher education information systems are set forth. Part I focuses on an information systems strategy (adopting a strategic view, identifying a strategic course, pluralism, and financing). Part II looks at a single system image in terms of the image; implementing the single system image; and issues for knowledge-based implementation. Part III discusses a new paradigm. It notes the paradigm for campus information systems turns from a mainframe-centered Ptolemaic model to a user-centered Copernican model, thus making it necessary to redefine responsibilities. An important goal is creating a single system image that provides the ubiquity and simplicity associated with the telephone system. This effort will require shifting many current burdens from the user to a knowledge-based network and rationalizing the way the user relates to services provided. (SM)
Descriptors: Communications, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Dial Access Information Systems, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Systems, Information Technology, Microcomputers, Online Systems, Users (Information)
CAUSE Publications, 737 Twenty-Ninth Street, Boulder, CO 80303 ($16.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Digital Equipment Corp., Maynard, MA.
Authoring Institution: CAUSE, Boulder, CO.