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Title: How to Make Mistakes in "Computerizing"
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:56  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:32-36
Author(s): R M Patterson Jr
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The number of computer systems in law enforcement in recent years has increased markedly, their applications have broadened, their sophistication has increased, and their technology has undergone rapid changes.
Abstract: Some of the most troublesome traps and rough spots in computerization of the law enforcement process are discussed. Systems analysis is considered standard practice among data automation, systems integration, and computer science professionals; yet, the process is frequently circumvented in practice. Computing systems must allow for growth and increased organizational capabilities through selection of both software and hardware. Among costs overlooked are those associated with personnel, hardware maintenance, software and hardware maintenance, upgrades, and training. Conversion systems are often more complicated and costlier than first considered. The success of a department's computerization efforts to a great degree will depend upon a carefully written contract with the vendor. Some tips in contract writing are offered.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Computer hardware systems; Computer software; Computer Terminals
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