The Database Design Alalysis - Business perspective

Written by Alf Pedersen

The Database Design Analysis phase - Where it all starts.

The business perspective

The analysis phase of our database design website deals withrepparttar early stage of a business system lifecycle. This isrepparttar 107762 phase we enter after strategic requirements are in place: The scope ofrepparttar 107763 system, key technical requirements, andrepparttar 107764 tools for each stage of development, etc. is decided. Economics are most likely also determined.

We may also (most likely) have a rudimentary information model, and we know about key functionality that is required. The main purpose ofrepparttar 107765 analysis phase is to bring all these pieces together to form a business model containing all entities with their attributes, domains and relations, together with a complete function model with its hierarchy, as well as domain constraints (on attributes), business rules (constraints), and events that trigger functions. The output ofrepparttar 107766 analysis stage will be carried over torepparttar 107767 design phase ofrepparttar 107768 development project.

The one most important thing to remember inrepparttar 107769 analysis phase is: Our scope is to determine WHAT should be made, not HOW.

In many projects, I have overheard participants starting to talk about how a given function should behave Colors, buttons, defaults etc. However, all of that belong torepparttar 107770 design phase. You have to stop this at once: The analysis phase is aboutrepparttar 107771 BUSINESS, notrepparttar 107772 SYSTEM. The system shall reflectrepparttar 107773 business, notrepparttar 107774 other way around, as sometimes unfortunately happens.

Actually,repparttar 107775 analysis phase is an excellent time (andrepparttar 107776 right time) to learnrepparttar 107777 business in-depth. I do not insist that you knowrepparttar 107778 business in detail. The business itself knows its business. Therefore, your chances of failure are high without business participation. Onrepparttar 107779 other hand, I have witnessed failure in projects whererepparttar 107780 business wanted to controlrepparttar 107781 whole process alone, and just use 'hired hands' to execute their demands. A balance has to be established.

As with many other things in life, neither to little nor too much of a thing is a good thing.

'Good judgments are based on experience. Experience is based on bad judgments'.

The importance of a professional Database analysis team.

The complexity and degree of computer involvement inrepparttar 107782 business is constantly growing. No wonder; each 18th month, we can buy hardware with twicerepparttar 107783 performance atrepparttar 107784 same price. We are therefore able to put more demands on our software, until we reach some limit. However, it only takes another 18 months; then we can buy new hardware without these limits... and so on.

There is also a good reason for it: We may very well rely on a standard system for our accounting or payroll routines, we can use market standards in word processing and spreadsheets, and so on. What separates a high-performing business from a failure isrepparttar 107785 wayrepparttar 107786 CUSTOMER is reached for, and how he is treated. That is customer marketing and customer care. The customer is alwaysrepparttar 107787 business. If you do not have customers, you do not have a business.

If such a business exists,however, please let me know.

Such systems, systems that giverepparttar 107788 business an advance compared to its competitors, we may call strategic systems. If two businesses buyrepparttar 107789 same strategic system fromrepparttar 107790 shelf, then they do not gain any system advantage towards each other. Onrepparttar 107791 other hand,repparttar 107792 business that is fastest to respond, and deliver, and atrepparttar 107793 same time is competitive, will definitely have an advantage. In a world with rising competition and globalization, this will grow more and more important. Good news forrepparttar 107794 software industry andrepparttar 107795 analysis team...

Inrepparttar 107796 analysis stage, we need an analysis team of both business experiences as well as experienced system analysts. In addition, we need tools that can help us seeingrepparttar 107797 overall picture, as well as helping us further forward.

Which TLD

Written by Clare Lawrence

Which TLD

Which top-level domain (TLD) to choose?

By Clare Lawrence 10th March 2003 Clare isrepparttar CEO of Discount Domains Ltd a leading UK Domain name registration service.

I am often asked this question. Is it possible that search engines such as google give preference torepparttar 107761 .com TLD? Or are TLD’s all treated equally?

As a test I picked a random phrase “Technical services” and did a search on

The results:

1. .org 2. .com 3. .com 4. .net 5.

Tryingrepparttar 107762 phrase again using (I am UK based) .

The results.

1 .net 2 3 .com 4 5 .org

Hopefully these results show that there is no preference given by search engines.

However there are far more .com domains out there than other TLD – users will be more likely to key in your domain name and addrepparttar 107763 .com extension themselves out of habit.

If your market place is local then your regional TLD can be helpful, this is because a lot of Search engines and Directories such as Google and Yahoo – offerrepparttar 107764 user a choice of “Searchrepparttar 107765 web” or “Search locally e.g. UK”

Having a local TLD can therefore be a benefit.


Some directories will use your TLD to categoriserepparttar 107766 geographic content of your site, and therefore exclude a site from inclusion solely because it does not match their local market.

The Open Directory (Dmoz) lists sites by both regional and market segments as Google usesrepparttar 107767 Open Directory in part for its indexing – your choice of TLD will have a bearing on whether your site is selected in a local search e.g. Searching for UK domain name registrars will bring up our site because it is UK based.

The TLD can therefore have some bearing on how a site will be indexed.

Keywords in your domain name

Search engines such as Google do give some preference to keywords within a domain name, andrepparttar 107768 first keyword inrepparttar 107769 description and Title tags, so if your site’s domain name is, your site will most likely fair better in searches for search engines than ones without keywords inrepparttar 107770 name.

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