ROADBLOCKS TO EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF AUTOMATION

HERMANSON (MINNESOTA HIGHWAYS) DISCUSSES INEFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF COMPUTER PERSONNEL AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF COMPUTER OPERATIONS FOR CENTRALIZATION AND DECENTRALIZATION OF HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT FUNCTIONS. KASSEL (CALIFORNIA HIGHWAYS) NOTES THE NEED FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO SERVE DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES AND FOR SYSTEM USERS TO BE INVOLVED IN FUNCTIONAL AREA SYSTEMS, INCLUDING DECISIONS ON FEASIBILITY, PRIORITY, TRAINING NEEDS, AND LEVEL OF SERVICE. BARDACH (IBM) COMPLAINS THAT INSUFFICIENT WEIGHT IS GIVEN TO SYSTEM MAINTENANCE IN AUTOMATION PLANNING, SO THAT HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS OFTEN SUFFER WHEN ANALYSTS AND DESIGNERS LEAVE, TAKING THEIR KNOWLEDGE WITH THEM. PERFORMANCE CLAUSES SHOULD BE WRITTEN INTO SOFTWARE CONTRACTS. GREAT ECONOMIES COULD BE REALIZED IF SEVERAL HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS CONTRACTED TOGETHER FOR A GIVEN SOFTWARE SYSTEM; THIS WOULD REQUIRE OF THE DEPARTMENTS THAT THEY DEFINE A SET OF COMMON NEEDS.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: p. 83-85
  • Monograph Title: AUTOMATION SYSTEMS FOR HIGHWAY ORGANIZATIONS
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200539
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309019974
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1972 12:00AM