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Information technology for developing countries: priority sectors and preferred technology by J. G. Krishnayya (Working Paper, No. 1974/28)

By: Krishnayya, J. G.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Ahmedabad Indian Institute of Management 1974Description: 30 p.Subject(s): Information technology | Information system | Information Management | MinicomputerDDC classification: WP 1974 (28) Summary: Priority areas for computer - based information system are located in developing countries, and preferred technology (midi- computers) is identified. After describing the priority areas where information management and information technology can make positive contributions in developing countries, the bureaucratic 9managerial) infrastructure essential for their implementation is examined. Distinctions are made between the skills required for problem analysis, system design, implementation and maintenance. System design is identified as the phase most appropriate for the participation of the professional "expert". The economics of minicomputer and communication - based systems for the priority areas of developing countries are critically examined. The conclusion is drawn that, for developing countries, micro programmed mini - computer information processing system offer significant advantages in cost, redundancy, maintenance, lead -time for implementation, and in the systematic growth of management skills with processing capacity. They can also be combined with microcomputer - based message - switching data - communications facilities. Examples are taken from actual situations in the Air - line industry, in logistic networks for commodity distribution, and in mixed information - retrieval and data - analysis situation.
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Priority areas for computer - based information system are located in developing countries, and preferred technology (midi- computers) is identified. After describing the priority areas where information management and information technology can make positive contributions in developing countries, the bureaucratic 9managerial) infrastructure essential for their implementation is examined. Distinctions are made between the skills required for problem analysis, system design, implementation and maintenance. System design is identified as the phase most appropriate for the participation of the professional "expert". The economics of minicomputer and communication - based systems for the priority areas of developing countries are critically examined. The conclusion is drawn that, for developing countries, micro programmed mini - computer information processing system offer significant advantages in cost, redundancy, maintenance, lead -time for implementation, and in the systematic growth of management skills with processing capacity. They can also be combined with microcomputer - based message - switching data - communications facilities. Examples are taken from actual situations in the Air - line industry, in logistic networks for commodity distribution, and in mixed information - retrieval and data - analysis situation.

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