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Developing Information Systems: Practical guidance for IT professionals by Pete Thompson, Debra Paul, Alan Paul, Lynda Girvan, Julian Cox, Tahir Ahmed, James Cadle

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1      INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT

James Cadle

CONTENTS OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • the purpose of systems development;
  • the scope of systems development;
  • the typical stages in the systems development process;
  • the relationship of systems development to other disciplines, such as project management, business analysis and systems architecture;
  • how offshoring and outsourcing influences systems development;
  • a synopsis of the remaining chapters of this book.

WHAT IS SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT?

Systems development is the process of taking a set of business requirements and, through a series of structured stages, translating these into an operational IT system. The stages vary according to the development approach being ...

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