Accession Number : ADA195856

Title :   Integrating Information Systems in a Major Decentralized International Organization. Volume 7.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 86-Jan 88,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE

Personal Author(s) : Gupta, Amar ; Madnick, Stuart

PDF Url : ADA195856

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 289

Abstract : This volume examines the problems involved in integrating information systems currently in use in a large decentralized international organization. It is divided into three parts. The first part, A Conceptual Model for Integrated Autonomous Processing, highlights the fact that the technical strategy was modulated by three key conflicting organizational forces - autonomy, integration, and evolution. A conceptual system architecture has been developed to provide a technological message-oriented and data-oriented response to meet the organizational needs. The second part, Gaining Strategic Advantage Through Composite Information Systems, identified critical success factors for the successful deployment of Composite Information Systems (CIS) ideas and techniques. For this environment, a data-driven strategy offers the best chances for successful development of a modular and flexible infrastructure suited to the decentralized and highly autonomous structure of the organization. The third part, Integrating Systems for Financial Institutions Services Using Composite Information Systems, analyzes the three key organizational forces in greater detail. Autonomy, for example, is examined in terms of hardware control, operational control, transaction control, software control, data control, and management control. The forces of integration and evolution are also decomposed in a similar vein. The case study reveals that the operations of the organization can be improved by more foresight in certain areas. Keywords: Knowledge Based integrated information systems engineering(KBIISE). (KR)

Descriptors :   *DECENTRALIZATION, *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, ARCHITECTURE, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, CONTROL, DATA MANAGEMENT, INTERNATIONAL, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, MODELS, MODULATION, ORGANIZATIONS, PROCESSING, STRATEGY, VEINS

Subject Categories : Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE