Category: Systems Analysis

Social networks & business: three important questions to ask

  • What can be said about the state of social networking and business-friendly collaborative uses?

According to Bolton & Prince’s “Top 10 Things You Should Know About Social Networking”, social software is driven essentially by “grassroots” end-users and – comparatively speaking – has not been so widely adopted in corporate and/or collaborative ways.  (EWeek August 17, 2009)

  • How long might it take for a firm to adopt social networking within existing corporate intranet infrastructure?

A study by Nielson Norman Group found that typical adoption times range from 3-5 years.

  • What’s the biggest concern concerning the wide scale government and business adoption of social networking and/or increased integration of social networks within existing corporate intranets?

By far the biggest threat to consider is the security and privacy-related issues associated with the vast increases in end-user/consumer adoption of social networking. Bolton & Prince (2009) point out that The Pentagon is reviewing these implications, which is a significant marker of the mounting awareness of the unique IT security threats which parallel these massively distributed applications:

The Pentagon is reviewing its policies toward social networking sites amid network security and other concerns. According to reports, U.S. officials have ordered a review of the threats and benefits of using sites such as Facebook.

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Systems Analysis: example of DDT

 

Deliverable definition tables are easy to create and are very useful for representing the mapping human resources to deliverables.

Here’s an example DDT from a group project I was apart of in graduate school. 

 

Deliverable Definition Table

The following table lists the deliverable for the project, with classifications and resources required for each:

Deliverable

Structure

Approval Needed By

Resources Required

Software Requirements Document

Document

Technical Lead

Technical analysts

Software Architecture Document

Document

Technical Lead

Technical analysts

Prioritized Subsystems List

Document

Technical Lead and Project Manager

Technical Analysts

Master Test Plan

Document

Technical Lead and Project Manager

Technical Analysts

Qualified Hosting Candidates List

Document

Technical Lead and Project Manager

Technical Lead, Program Manager, Technical Analysts, Hosting provider contacts

Contract with new Hosting Provider

Document

Program Manager, Accounting

Program Manager, Accounting, Technical Staff, HR

Shipping contract/invoice

Document

Program Manager

 

Master Test Plan Acceptance sheets

Document

Technical Lead

Technical Analysts

Application

Hardware

Program Manager

Technical Staff

Modified SAD (if applicable)

Document

Program Manager

Technical Analysts

Problem Reports (if applicable)

Document

Program Manager

Technical Analysts

Figure 1: Deliverable Definition Table