System design for periodic data production management

PhD thesis


Schanzenberger, A. 2006. System design for periodic data production management. PhD thesis Middlesex University School of Computing Science
TypePhD thesis
TitleSystem design for periodic data production management
AuthorsSchanzenberger, A.
Abstract

This research project introduces a new type of information system, the periodic data production management system, and proposes several innovative system design concepts for this application area.
Periodic data production systems are common in the information industry for the production of information. These systems process large quantities of data in order to produce statistical reports in predefined intervals. The workflow of such a system is typically distributed world-wide and consists of several semi-computerized production steps which transform data packages. For example, market research companies apply these systems in order to sell marketing information over specified timelines. production of information. These systems process large quantities of data in order to produce statistical reports in predefined intervals. The workflow of such a system is typically distributed world-wide and consists of several semi-computerized production steps which transform data packages. For example, market research companies apply these systems in order to sell marketing information over specified timelines.
There has been identified a lack of concepts for IT-aided management in this area. This thesis clearly defines the complex requirements of periodic data production management systems. It is shown that these systems can be defines as IT-support for planning, monitoring and controlling periodic data production processes. Their significant advantages are that information industry will be enabled to increase production performance, and to ease (and speed up) the identification of the production progress as well as the achievable optimisation potential in order to control rationalisation goals. In addition, this thesis provides solutions for he generic problem how to introduce such a management system on top of an unchangeable periodic data production system.
Two promising system designs for periodic data production management are derived, analysed and compared in order to gain knowledge about appropriate concepts and this application area. Production planning systems are the metaphor models used for the so-called closely coupled approach. The metaphor model for the loosely coupled
approach is project management. The latter approach is prototyped as an application in the market research industry and used as case study. Evaluation results are real-world
experiences which demonstrate the extraordinary efficiency of systems based on the loosely coupled approach. Special is a scenario-based evaluation that accurately demonstrates the many improvements achievable with this approach. Main results are that production planning and process quality can vitally be improved. Finally, among other propositions, it is suggested to concentrate future work on the development of product lines for periodic data production management systems in order to increase their reuse.

Department nameSchool of Computing Science
Institution nameMiddlesex University
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Print18 Jul 2013
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Deposited18 Jul 2013
CompletedDec 2006
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Additional information

Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

LanguageEnglish
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