Hardware systems.

Essay by Holden30189University, Bachelor'sA+, September 2005

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Many technologies are available to a business looking to create their own digital data. Nevertheless, some things must be well thought-out before buying equipment or software. The deciding factors of what will work best for an organization are dependent on the organization's current software, budget, skill-level of employees, available time, available data, and amount of data in need of digitizing. Because the process of data conversion, collection, and creation is often the costliest component of applying a data storage system, the conclusion cannot be made without careful thought.

Accuracy of data input is important. What method of data input would be best for each of the following situations and explain why.

*Printed questionnaires - Keyboard

*Telephone survey - Keyboard

*Bank checks - Scanning

*Retail tags - Scanning - Bar Codes

*Long documents - Scanning

The best method of entering data is the keypad. While the rate at which information can be entered is based on the skills of the individual entering the data, it is still the most acceptable method.

Scanning is the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer. Scanners come in an assortment of configurations. The type that should be considered depends on your scanning needs and budget.

Bar codes are designed for quick and accurate data entry. Bar Codes can be printed effortlessly on many laser printers and can be attached to nearly anything, such as equipment, work orders, and machines, supply parts, and more.

Convenience and quality of output are important. Explain what method of output would be best for each of the following situations and explain why:

*Handheld computer - Wireless data transfer - the whole point of a handheld is mobility, and if you cannot be mobile with data transfer then it is a pocket post-it...