An attempt to promote the use of simulation techniques for the analysis of data systems that have been designed for management information processing. A technique of simulating dynamic system operation with a generalized data system model is described to provide the data system designer with insights on the behavior to expect from the data system as it would operate. Some of the benefits made possible through such simulation are explored. It is concluded that at present the major use of this analytical technique is to test the feasibility of a data system design before acquisition of actual hardware.
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