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Systems Analysis

 

    I still think this term means, in this setting, nothing more than how different parts of your network fit together, and how not to waste your money in designing, building and running your collection of computers.

  A system is an collection (a design) of parts which interact with each other within the system's boundaries (form, structure, organization) to function as a whole. The nature (purpose, operation) of the whole is always different from, and more than, the sum of its unassembled collection of parts. If you think of your network and it's usefulness and effect on your business this is obvious. (taken in part from http://www.umsl.edu/~sauter/analysis/bees/index.html)

 One of the more readable papers on the subject is to be found here :http://www.bnet.fordham.edu/public/ics/msilver/itimhdo.htm, but I make no bones about not doing or needing to do any formal systems analysis in building or working on your network. As I know both the building blocks of your system (the computers, the operating system, the software) and how computers work together on your local network (LAN)  or on your WAN I (and any good consultant)  can do "systems analysis" (how changes in any part effect the whole) in my head. I suspect that at one time it was thought that computers were simply too complex to be approached without some kind  formal process - much like molecular genetics or detailed cell biology today.

  You may want , however, to reassure yourself that we know  classic systems analysis vis--vis  computers and networks, and so perhaps  I'll ramble on here a bit more (or quote more, so you can at least see we've read the books)

"Systems analysis is the process of studying the network of interactions within the organization and assisting in the development  of new and improved methods for performing necessary work"

"The systems analyst views social, political, and economic institutions ....as functional entities ......"   

   no - it's too foolish to go on...

    (taken from Systems Analysis , 2nd Edition, SRA publishers)

 If you think you need a formal systems proposal prior to commissioning work, please let us save you some money. We once saw a client bamboozled by a "big eight" consulting firm; they needed a new network; we quoted $10,000 , the "big eight" came in with books of network schematics  and systems analysis hundreds of pages long ,  got the job, charged many times our price (over $100,000 as I recall) , and built the same network we would have.

   Don't be this silly.

   We are based in Suffolk County on Long Island , New York, but will travel, with pleasure, most anywhere.

 

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