The Needs of An Organisation
Most organisations have similar information needs, such as retaining a stock quantity, a short description of the product etc. Therefore many organisations can utilise off the shelf systems, examples of these systems could include;
- Supermarket Checkout Software,
- Timekeeping and check in software for managing staff hours,
- Task Management.
- Communication Software.
The Variety of Systems Available
- A Car Manufacturer’s part list.
- A Bank’s Customer Database.
- A Wholesalers Stock Quantity.
These businesses rely on completely different information about their systems. Their goals and objectives as businesses vary.
The Scale of Organisations
Additionally, because systems are so different… when a company undergoes a merger, it may be very disruptive to merge systems, especially ones that are updated very quickly, an example of this could be the askMID database, this system monitors the Insurance status of vehicles on the road in the UK, they claim to have over 10,000 edits an hour, therefore if they needed to merge their database, it would be important that the data was continually updated. It is also likely that the variety of the data available makes spotting mistakes harder to identify, so having a way of logging changes would be vital.