Stand-alone database for an air transport program

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2000, Lippincott Williams 8c \X'iIkins, Inc. This case study demonstrates both the positive and the negative aspects of developing a stand-alone database for use by a small unit of a larger organization. The advantages center on the ability to tailor the program to the requirements of a single unit. The disadvantages relate to the inability to apply systemwide resources to the problem, the dependence upon a small group of experts who are able to modify and maintain the program, and the inability to share data across organizational units. Units that are contemplating the development of an isolated database to meet the needs of a small unit are advised to consider their development in light of the needs of the entire organization. A unit should explore all other options for meeting its and information management needs before embarking on an isolated database project. They also should identify a method for eventual consolidation of information resources. Finally, when at all possible, a solution should not center upon the talents of a single individual. This approach sets up the organization for problems when that individual leaves the organization or moves on to another position. This case study demonstrates both the positive and the negative aspects of developing a stand-alone database for use by a small unit of a larger organization. The advantages center on the ability to tailor the program to the requirements of a single unit. The disadvantages relate to the inability to apply systemwide resources to the problem, the dependence upon a small group of experts who are able to modify and maintain the program, and the inability to share data across organizational units. Units that are contemplating the development of an isolated database to meet the needs of a small unit are advised to consider their development in light of the needs of the entire organization. A unit should explore all other options for meeting its and information management needs before embarking on an isolated database project. They also should identify a method for eventual consolidation of information resources. Finally, when at all possible, a solution should not center upon the talents of a single individual. This approach sets up the organization for problems when that individual leaves the organization or moves on to another position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalComputers in nursing
Volume18
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

Keywords

  • Air transport
  • Case studies
  • Clinical informatics
  • Nursing informatics
  • Systems life cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Computer Science(all)

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