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What is User Focused Data Architecture?
Back when things were simple, companies would have a computer running one or two main pieces of software. That was "the system", and it ran pretty much everything. |
But these days, computers are as common as desktop calculators, and a business might need several computers running different software. Furthermore, some software doesn't just run on one computer – it can run on several computers across a network. And then there are web servers and the Internet, and data warehouses...
How can all this be tied together to work as one system to support your business? That's systems integration. It's a new part of information systems support that goes beyond classic programming. Systems integrators need knowledge of application software, networks, operating systems, server- and client-side program components, and database software. Furthermore, they need a sound understanding of your business operations to configure all these components to best help your business.
Big companies have to hire several people to do this kind of thing. You can hire JCK to do it for a fraction of the cost. JCK has the experience to do full systems integration for your business. We were doing systems integration before it was even called that. Over 20 years of experience with computers of all sizes has given us an edge in systems integration that larger companies are still trying to match.
This is one area where small and midsize businesses have an edge over larger firms. Big firms have more systems with more complexity, and have to spend more resources integrating them. Smaller businesses often have nimbler, more focused systems that can be more easily integrated. All they need is the skills and vision to do it – which is where JCK comes in. We can examine your systems and recommend an integration strategy that will allow you to gather and disseminate all the information you need to run your business.
Now, that's not so frightening, is it?
Since 1989, JCK has been devoted to teaching and implementing the principles of User-Focused Data Architecture. UFDA is based on the principle that the users are the data experts in any organization. Sound data architecture should focus on extracting the user's knowledge, clarifying ambiguous defintions, and building understandable data structures. These definitions and structures serve as the basis for system development. The first and most well known UFDA technique is Extended Relational Analysis ™ (ERA), which has been proven for decades. More recent techniques include Business Event Analysis & Modeling ™ (BEAM), which is useful for both Transactional Systems (BEAM TSS) and Decision Support Systems (BEAM DSS).