KISS your computer information systems
When you Keep It Simple,
information systems are easier to learn, easier to use and
easier to understand.
Without the expense and time
of programmers, key users who understand an information system can use
reporting tools to develop special reports as needed to
increase the utility and productivity of the system.
Keep It Smart The computer system should be built
smart to allow easy input and update of simple data. But also
allow complex operations to be performed with a minimum of
effort and time. This is sometimes difficult to attain, but a
significant effort to keep the system understandable can
be pay dividends in its utility and productivity.
When you build a KISS system you define a limited number of
building blocks that will be used through out the system.
These blocks would operate in a manner consistent with
established standards (like Windows for example). They
would have extensions that would allow special features needed
for the complex requirements of the applications. By using
just a few, simple to understand building blocks, you
reduce the cost to develop and maintain the system. You
reduce the time and effort to learn to use the system and you
reduce the education and experience required for all people
using, developing and maintaining the system. This all leads
to a less costly more productive system.
KISS leads to a systems that can be built with the use of
computer code generators. Source code conversion from older
application languages like Clipper can be automated with code
translators. These two techniques can dramatically reduce the
time to convert old applications and write new ones.