The Emerging Role of the Data Base Manager.

by T. K. Sawtelle

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback39 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

Guidelines for establishing Data Base Manager (DBM) staffs for information systems with many input sources, remote terminals, high transaction rates, continuous updating, use of files for different purposes, and need to control access. General agreement exists on the need for unified coordination, monitoring, and control of database operations. Centralized testing, certification, and control of application programs and system software are essential because of the rapid propagation of errors. Despite varying opinions of how the DBM work should be organized and whether the staff should be specialists or generalists in information systems, it is agreed that success requires high quality, highly motivated personnel with excellent communication and human relations skills, experienced in both data processing and user operations. Clear lines of authority and firm, consistent management support are necessary, with organizationwide indoctrination on the part each person plays in assuring the integrity of the data. The manager's ability to motivate the staff is the key to success. 39 pp. Ref.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.