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The Evolution of Auto Repair System Architecture

ClosedLoopSince computerized systems were first introduced into the business environment their capabilities, design and impact on information processing have grown exponentially. Work environments have changed as have inter-company transaction processing, marketing and sales. Virtually all aspects of business have been impacted by the introduction of computers into the work environment and as systems and businesses have evolved over the years. Once computerized systems were put into use at businesses the managers of these companies were largely responsibility for recognizing the benefits of automation and influencing the advancement of systems. Understanding the phases in the evolution of system architecture allows us to look at the different systems and processes in place at a business and identify their origin. Following are different phases in the evolution of system architecture and a look at how to identify them in today’s environment:

 

  1. Understanding Manual Auto Repair Shop Systems – Before the advent of computerized business systems all business transactions were processed on forms and stored in file cabinets in an organized way using a filing system…Read More>>
  2. The Advent of Computerized Data Storage Methodologies – Early computerized business systems were based on the flow of manual processes. That is – they were designed to electronically store the information that was recorded on forms…Read More>>
  3. The Introduction of Business Process Support Systems – When the terminal or computer monitor was introduced the potential for computerized systems expanded considerably. The ability to enter information into the computer from multiple screens brought with it the multi-user environment…Read More>>
  4. Evaluating the Hub-Spoke System Architecture – Business processes and support systems that depict a hub and spoke architecture may be appropriate in some cases or they may be the best alternative based on personnel. But often times they’ve evolved that way for other reasons…Read More>>
  5. The Advance to Integrated Systems – Market demand provided the incentive for integrated systems to be developed. This meant that there would be one system that would support all aspects of a business and information redundancy would be eliminated…Read More>>
  6. The Web and Extranet Integration – The introduction of the World Wide Web enabled real time sharing and processing of information between systems in different locations…Read More>>
  7. Evolving to Mobile Systems – The desktop PC became the primary information processing machine at the point that client server systems became viable and remains so at the time of this writing. However the use of mobile devices is becoming more and more prevalent…Read More>>
  8. A Look at Current System Architectures – Use of a particular architecture is not necessarily right or wrong but understanding the various phases in the evolution of system architecture can shed light on why some procedures and practices exist…Read More>>

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