To go back and discuss some of the basics to do with developing information systems: New information systems are created when existing systems do not correctly meet the needs of users of the information system, or when there is a need that could be met by an information system.
The success of a new system depends upon:
- how well the problem is understood
- how the system is designed
- how it is tested, evaluated and maintained over time.
These 3 factors are extremely important when considering the design and process of implementing a new system into an organisation. Unfortunately it is only too easy for miscommunications to occur between the user and programmer. That is why is it vital for on-going communication and I strongly agree with continuous testing in the process of creating a new system.
It is not always the programmers fault,however, sometimes the user is not properly communicating their needs.
It is important that the system is designed in a way that is suited to the individual organisation and not organisations in it’s field in general, when outsourcing. Not only will miscommunications result in lost funds, but also lost time and other resources. Which is why this simple mistake should not be overlooked by organisations looking into developing Information Systems.
Blog again soon. 🙂