Business Computer Information System
How they work!
How a business computer information system works is good to know!
Well done you, as what's more you're in the perfect place to find out.
A business computer information system, from its most basic form to the most complex systems,
all gather information (data) for displaying and monitoring.
This is true of all types of information system from the fully electronic 'counter' type of system,
to the machine integrated, computer controlled a-la-carte information system.
Gathering the information or data within a computer information system is the starting point of the information or data's journey.
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You may well notice that I'm biased towards machine information systems from time to time. "Why's that?" you say.
After careful thought, I don't think I should apologize for this due to the theme of this site.
But having said that, I will be covering other aspects of the business computer information system outside the theme of this site.
This is to leave no stone unturned to give you the most complete information I can.
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With a computer based information system, sensors are used to count the occurrences and frequency of information into a computer data register.
This happens simultaneously for all the data signals being monitored. These data signals and hence their registers will be constantly updated as time goes on.
The effect of this is an ever changing snapshot type of display, of all the information being fed into the system.
For example, the machine signals being monitored within a machine information system would number several signals per machine. The signals being monitored on each machine would include the like of how much product each is producing minute by minute.
You'll notice I didn't say good product, this is for the one good, simple reason that; the waste product, also being produced, may well be (and more often than not is), under scrutiny too. Probably even more so than good product!
Waste product needs to be analyzed to find out why and where it's happening to keep waste to a minimum. This is where addition sensors come into play to find out why waste is being produced. For example, checking a book is in position when it's presented for the cover to be applied.
As well as good and waste product, rejects at perhaps several different stages, production speed per hour, jam-ups and the reasons according to sensors.
There is in fact a lot of raw data signals can be used, but there's also other data that can be worked out from the raw data signal. Such as machine efficiency, recurring stops or problems.
A business computer based, information system can take many different guises. The type and complexity of a business information system will, very much depend on the nature of the business concerned.
However with a good modular style of computer or electronic system, most applications could be taken care of with just configuration and/or software changes.
For example, the data will differ quite a lot between a CNC machine shop and a book-maker. Although both are producing from raw materials, the data itself will be very different. But the core operation of such a business computer information system would be very similar.
In fact, the same system could be used for both with complete success; the only changes needed would probably be just the labels of the data source(s) and presentation of the data. This is essentially contained within software alterations, or maybe just a different configuration.
A computer based business information system is a tool, a very effective tool as well if used correctly. This means proper analysis of the information collected and taking action on the results of this analysis.
The signals from the sensors are the starting point of data gathering with a computer information system. It is important that the sensors are set correctly to give clean reliable switching signals.
False switching signals within any management information system (MIS) would defeat the object of deploying it in the first place.
Have a look at the MIS definition page.
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