Summary

This chapter begins by discussing why you should analyze the organization's current database. You learned that the analysis helps you identify aspects of the current database that will be useful to you when you design the new database. Armed with this information, you can design a database that best suits the organization's needs. Next, we briefly looked at the two types of databases organizations commonly used:

paper-based databases and legacy databases. We ended this discussion by identifying the three steps used in the analysis process: reviewing the way data is collected, reviewing the way information is presented, and conducting interviews with the organization's staff.

The chapter continues with a discussion of the review process. ...

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