This introductory user's guide to systems analysis and systems design focuses on building sustainable information systems to meet tomorrow's needs. It shows how practitioners can apply multiple participatory perspectives in development, so as to avoid future problems. As a practical guide, it is presented to be readily comprehensible and is organized to enable users to concentrate on their goals efficiently, and with minimum theoretical elaboration. The chapters follow the sequence involved in planning an information system, explaining key words, the time involved in each step, ending with a tutorial or exercises.
Simon Bell is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the Open University and lead author of Sustainability Indicators and its sequel, Measuring Sustainability. Trevor Wood-Harper is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), a Professor at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, and author and editor of 15 books and reports.
Information Systems and Organization * What is Systems Analysis and Systems Design? * The Role of the Systems Planner or Systems Analyst * Selecting Planning and Development Tools * The Human Activity System: Making a Model * Information Modelling: Making a Workable System * Technical and Social Needs: The Balance * The Human-Computer Interface * Technical Aspects: What is Needed? * Total Design, Training, Hardware, Software and Implementation * Glossary, Appendices, Further Reading, Index