WIT Press


Teleothematic Modelling For Outsourced Systems Management

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SQM940401

Volume

8

Pages

13

Published

1994

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1,140 kb

Author(s)

G. Lynch

Abstract

Teleothematic modelling for outsourced systems management G. Lynch Department of Computer Studies, Glasgow Caledonian University, 70 Cowcaddens Road, ABSTRACT Complex mixtures of philosophical, economic, and technical reasons have recently prompted many organisations to purchase rather than produce their own Information Systems, a trend referred to as Outsourcing. It has been observed that, in the course of outsourcing, the thinking of those involved becomes more purpose-focussed, i.e. more "teleothematic", to use a term drawn from Teleology, the study of purpose. Citing reports of experience in the USA, and UK, it is suggested that the long-term management, and maintenance, of outsourced systems would be facilitated by some extension of system description repositories to include teleological data in the form of verbatim, vernacular, comment, correlated, from a user's point of view, to relevant components of information systems. In making this suggestion, it

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