Toward an Enterprise Information System Design Methodology

  • C. R. Carlson
  • Adarsh K. Arora


During the past decade, the growth of enterprise information systems based on large, integrated databases has focused attention on the need to develop structured guidelines for the design of such databases. This need is underscored by the demand for increased productivity on the part of information system developers, the fact that database design responsibility often falls on inexperienced individuals and the increased expense for maintaining complex databases. Despite considerable research efforts focused on developing design guidelines, the concept of logical database design remains a distant, elusive, and poorly understood art for many in applications development. As a result, the quality of database design varies from one individual to another based on their experience, knowledge of the application, etc. Design methodologies are clearly needed which are effective, easily learned and based on sound engineering principles.


User Requirement Database Management System View Integration Database Design Enterprise Model 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Carlson
    • 1
  • Adarsh K. Arora
    • 2
  1. 1.Standard Oil (Indiana)ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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