Info Systems Design/Implement Essay

658 WordsMar 24, 20133 Pages
1. Imagine that you are to design a budget report for a colleague at work using a spreadsheet package. Following the prototyping discussed in the chapter (see also Figure 1–17), describe the steps you would take to design a prototype of this report. Essentially, they should begin by eliciting from their colleague a definition of the problem and the basic requirements for the budget report. These requirements would include the content, how they want to use the data (e.g., what comparison or decisions they will make from the data), and any other expectations they have about the style of the report. They should then develop an initial, working prototype using the spreadsheet package. Next, they should use this spreadsheet prototype to…show more content…
Budget reports are typically generated at the end of business quarters and at the end of the year. Quarterly reports summarize information for the past three months, and the annual reports summarize the entire year. These reports are generally mailed directly to the users, either through the organization’s in house mail system, through the U.S. Postal Service or some other carrier, or electronically through the organization’s wide area network, a communication service, or through the Internet. 3. Imagine the worst possible reports from a system. What is wrong with them? List as many problems as you can. What are the consequences of such reports? What could go wrong as a result? How does the prototyping process help guard against each problem? The worst possible reports come so late that the information is be useless, the reports contain information that the user does not need, and they do not contain the information that the user really needs. The information presented has errors and is inconsistent from page to page and from report to report. The layout is difficult to read and understand, and the reports are inflexible, prohibiting the user from changing the information to his liking. As farfetched as this sounds, these types of problems happen frequently with poorly designed reports. The consequences are that
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