Adaptive Management Information System

by Richard H. Long, Manager; Computer Systems Division, Multisystems, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.,
Robert D. Logcher, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass.,
James J. Kotanchik, Dir.; Software Development, Applicon, Inc., Burlington, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 129-140

Document Type: Journal Paper


By using modern data base techniques it is possible to design management information systems that can evolve and change as the organization changes. The components of an adaptive system include a data base management system to control the storage and maintenance of the data, a Report Writer to present the stored data in a convenient, flexible, and economical form, and an Input Editor to define input formats, data validation criteria, and rules for storage in the data base. The first two components are commercially available. The implementation of an Input Editor is reviewed.

Subject Headings: Adaptive systems | Information management | Information systems | Databases | Control systems | Business organizations | Maintenance | Economic factors

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