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Relational Database Design and Implementation, 3rd Edition by Jan L. Harrington

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Chapter 2. Systems Analysis and Database Requirements
As you will see when you read Parts Two and Three of this book, a large measure of what constitutes the “right” or “correct” database design for an organization depends on the needs of that organization. Unless you understand the meaning and uses of data in the database environment, you can't produce even an adequate database design.
The process of discovering the meaning of a database environment and the needs of the users of that data is known as systems analysis. It is part of a larger process that involves the creation of an information system from the initial conception all the way through the evaluation of the newly implemented system. Although a database designer may indeed be involved ...

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