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The Systems Development Life Cycle Paper
In addition. Ultimately. goals of top management. The development team must host surveys to collect further knowledge of the current information system and recognize its weaknesses and strengths. Within this process. how the new system can be introduced. and familiarize themselves with the inputs. the system goals that need to be pursued included general goals. and anticipating the difficulties the company will face. Once the review and analysis stage is complete. it is very important for the team to be aware of what part of the system was benefiting the organization so they can apply it to the new system. there must be reports published so all the discoveries are visible to the departments. Finally. Ultimately. outputs. Ideally. To evaluate the needs of the accounting system. the systems development team must complete a system analysis to analyze the present system. and goals of operations management. there are certain steps that must be followed such as evaluating the needs of the accounting system. Furthermore. the team can then determine which details of the system need to be updated or replaced. the development team must be aware immediately when introducing a new information system will be beneficial to the organization. The team can only determine what problems are affecting the company’s information system by being aware of the goals for the system. the team must determine the company’s goals for the system and complete a survey for the organization. strengths. the idea is for the development team to identify the weaknesses within the system so they can improve the respective areas. and weaknesses of the present operating system. . The survey is completed through the gathering of day within the current system.THE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE PAPER The Systems Development Life Cycle Paper 2 The systems development cycle is a repeating process which requires constant evaluation and analysis of the current system.
A company’s ability to apply the systems development life cycle is directly related to how each of the four steps is followed. it was decided by the IT department that the system was not as user friendly as it should be. The first step in implementing the cycle is to determine the purpose of the cycle. design. . and process diagrams. and thus needs to be altered or replaced. the new system should include particular outputs. procedures. there will be a team designed to observe the operations of the current system and evaluate the multiple areas of the organization and discuss with members of the organization on ways to improve the system. The way that each step is applied is based on the decisions of the steering committee within the IT department of the organization. In particular.THE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE PAPER The documents in particular that will be examined are organizational charts. job descriptions. policy. processing. the stages include planning. In addition. analysis. There must also be an evaluation of how the internal control procedures are operating in order to determine what changes need to be made to make improvements for the organization. and implementation. budgets. In regards to planning the new design. and the chart of accounts. the steering committee is responsible for making a decision of replacing the system or upgrading it based on the costs involved. its not functioning as it was intended. Finally. the new system can only be applied once each of these steps is completed. training manuals. Evaluation of the current system and its influence on user related problems helps determine with the costs attached to the system of justified. Furthermore. In fact. and inputs from the previous system. there is technical documentation which includes flowcharts. policy and 3 procedure manuals. The system development life cycle involves the design or changes to systems as well as the models used to design systems. Moreover. If the system is not user friendly.
maintenance is very important to the new system because it’s beneficial for the organization to make the system effective for a long time. Technology has a significant input because it limits the amount of human error that can occur or overall irregularities. It is very important for the system to be implemented within the given deadlines in order to limit uncalled for interruptions and expenses. the user-friendly feature must be effective as well as a system with limited issues and technical glitches. the system has to be executed so that it’s designed for the benefits to outweigh the costs. the system must be adjusted based on feedback from the users and structured to provide critical information for the manageable system to be effective. the next challenge is for the company to ensure that the system is beneficial for every employee that uses it. technology permits jobs that would have taken a certain amount of employees with an older technology. Companies will face challenges in general when in the process of introducing a new accounting system. New innovations and technologies allow for the accounting process to be more efficient and effective. Another challenge for the development team is establishing deadlines and sticking to them throughout the implementation process. Once the deadlines are set and met for the introduction of the system. The latest technology and information is very important to the viability to the company´s accounting system. This phenomenon is also why . 4 The success of an accounting system is not necessarily based on hardware and software. to take less time to complete with fewer employees with the latest technology. Furthermore. One of the biggest challenges is the cost. although it does contribute to success. In regards to man power.THE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE PAPER Finally. Gathering and giving feedback is very critical to the navigation of the system and establishing a successful accounting information system.
Deadlines allow the accounting department and their associates to be more efficient and effective.THE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE PAPER 5 expensive new technology has the habit of balancing out over time and essentially serving as an investment. its best to evaluate internal controls which are presently active so there is a guarantee that it serves the purpose of the current system. As thoroughly explained throughout this paper. and even investors and creditors. each step of the system development cycle has its own important significance to the overall result of the system and the success of the accounting information system. it is critical to the accounting information system to establish and follow through with deadlines that the accounting department must complete. its users. Avoiding or neglecting to update internal controls can potentially cost the company much more money in damages. It is always best to be pro-active when it comes to the performance of the system. Any errors on accounting reports and/or financial statements have a long lasting influence on the company. Moreover. In addition to the internal controls being updated and the use of the latest technology. It is very important for the new accounting information system to also have updated internal controls. each of the requirements for the accounting information system must be attended to with special attention because a portion of this system is to establish all the strengths and weaknesses of the system. the company benefits in the long run when the internal control systems are up to date and operating efficiently. chances are that various internal controls will eventually be outdated. Once the system is successfully installed. Furthermore. every step of the system . Because of so many advancements in technologies. Internal controls that are outdated should immediately be updated because the newer controls will always be a better preventative action for errors and irregularities. Due to this occurrence. costs in other areas will be reduced. Financially.
all effort must be directed to limiting the risk of failure while implementing the system. It is also significant for the organization to hire enough employees and provide extensive training through each step of the cycle. Essentially. For example. a frequent challenge is justification of the expenses on a newer system.THE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE PAPER development cycle must be completed carefully before approaching the following step in order 6 to salvage the integrity of the entire system. . The final condition is that challenges and difficulties are handles as soon as they occur and preventative measures are established to limit costs. Finally. it has been determined that newer technologies will always be more effective than older technologies because it limits errors and modernizes the internal controls and automated systems.
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