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Analysis and Design of Information Systems Hardcover – December 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1846286544 ISBN-10: 1846286549 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 3rd edition (December 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846286549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846286544
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In any software design project, the analysis stage - documenting and designing technical requirements for the needs of users - is vital to the success of the project.

This third edition of the successful Analysis and Design of Information Systems provides a comprehensive introduction and user-friendly survey to all aspects of business transformation and analysis, and aims to provide the complex set of tools covering all types of systems, including legacy, transactional, database, and web/e-commerce topics. Focusing on the applied aspects of analysis to create systems that meet the needs of their users, (consumers and businesses), this revised text aims to enhance the set of techniques and tools that the analyst/designer requires for success and to organizations to implement business transformation of operations.

Topics and features:

• Additional chapters on Web interface tools, security and change control, and data warehouse system design

• Developments on new designs and technologies, particularly in the area of web analysis and design; a revised Web/Commerce chapter addresses component middleware for complex systems design

• New case studies and more examples, providing readers with a deeper understanding of practicalities

• Presents modelling tools within a SDLC framework, thereby providing readers with a step-by-step understanding of when and how to use them

• More coverage on converting logical models to physical models, how to generate DDL, and testing database functionalities

• Expanded scope of analysis and design to include more specific conventions, such as logical to physical design steps, XML, data values, and denormalization

Based on feedback the author received from instructors and practitioners in industry, this enhanced text/reference presents a set of good practices that allow readers to adjust to the constraints and needs of any business. It is a valuable resource and guide for all information systems students, as well as practitioners and professionals who need an in-depth understanding of the principles of the analysis and design process.

Dr. Arthur M. Langer is the senior director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Community Engagement at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is on the faculty in the Department of Organization and Leadership at the Graduate School of Education (Teachers College), and associate director of instruction and curricular development for programs in information technology in the School of Continuing Education.


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I bought this book after seeing some of Dr. Lang's lectures at Columbia University on business analysis tools and database design, which were very well explained.

However, it became clear this book was not up to date, where for example stakeholders are referred to as user interfaces, and further, this kind of obtuseness carries on in the explanations of most of the topics and does not reflect the maturity of the topic as it stands today. Should have checked the published date - 2001.

All is not lost however... it does provide good coverage of the core concepts and tools used in business analysis and design such as JAD, data modeling, decomposition, ERDs, normalization and the use of object orientated design. Still, every other topic needs a lot of updating. In 2001, it would have rated close to 5 stars, but not any more.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Duncan on April 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
this book is an insightful, thorough and straightforward examination of the art and practise of information system design. however, it's difficult to really incorporate its lessons unless you are using it in conjunction with a course and using the powerful CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) tools featured therein. the author himself is perhaps the premier teacher in the country on this subject and if you're really interested in software design and you are in new york by all means make every attempt to attend his class at columbia university. if not, then i guess this text by itself might be the next best thing. in any event, this book will serve as a useful guide to both the student and seasoned software design professional.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By james on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a systematic approach and clear, detailed information about so many topics: e-commerce system design, system applications and reengineering legacy systems --- in short, every facet of developing software solutions -- that any individual involved in or interested in establishing the requirements and design of a system will find this essential reading. and not only is this a good read, but it's a totally decent reference as well. Excellent!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Howard on November 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrible book. It is completely unfocused. It moves from topic to topic without any worthwhile detail about any specific topic. Concepts are not adequately explained -- either you already understand the topics in this book, in which case you don't need this book; or you don't already understand the topics in this book, in which case this book will not help you understand them. If you want to learn about database design, buy a good book on that subject (for example, Hernandez). If you want to learn about object-oriented design, buy a good book on that subject. If you want to learn about writing requirements, buy a good book on that subject. It is ridiculous for the first reviewer to suggest that this book teaches anything useful about writing requirements. Don't waste your money on this book - it's completely useless.
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