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Business Data: Valuing Your Most Valuable Asset

Your business data: how much is it worth? Just consider how much would it be worth if you lost it. Imagine your company database fails and you find the backup is months out of data, or doesn’t exist at all. Would your business survive? How much is that worth? Read more...


The SPECIFY4ITTM Method - An Overview

The SPECIFY4ITTM Method is not just another IT system development methodology. It is the result of a fundamental rethink of the system development task and the basis on which it should be undertaken. While most existing methods are intended to be the panacea for the IT industry, the SPECIFY4ITTM Method is aimed at development of business information systems by the IT community for the business community. Read more... 


The SPECIFY4ITTM System Explained

Any IT system typically comprises three elements - similar in construction to an egg. The Graphical User Interface (GUI), visible to the user is the ‘shell’ of the egg. This is the screen the user sees when using the system. Behind that lies a system development methodology - the ‘white’ of the egg. This surrounds a business database at its centre - the ‘yolk’. Read more...


Software Quality - The Search for a Reference

There is much discussion at the moment on the subject of software quality. As we like to consider software engineering a science rather than an art, it is always good to start with a definition; a stake in the ground; a reference point. So: What is it that we use to define software quality? Read more...


Software Quality - Just Remove The Humans!

This provocative article traces the development of software development from machine code to high level languages and beyond. His view is that the human element is at the heart of the software quality debate and he shows how developments at PDT can offer new hope of high quality software delivered from the specification with the speed of a compiler. Read more...


Customer Order Entry Systems - to Buy or Build?

This article considers the problems facing growing businesses. You have a successful business under your control. It's expanding to meet your customers' needs. Your product is in demand and you rely on technology to provide exactly what your customers want, particularly business IT. Read more…


Buy It or Build It : Taking the Plunge

John Warren, CEO at IT systems experts Precision Design Technology (PDT). You're a self-made entrepreneur. Proud of what you have achieved. You're in touch with your customers and their needs. However, like all growing businesses, yours is at a critical size. Read more…


A New Perspective: Do you know how your business operates? Many managers don't!

Precision Design Technology (PDT) argue that half the managers in UK industry do not know the details of the processes their businesses rely on. Read more…


Will my project pass the test?

Too many software projects fail – many by more than 80%. By ‘fail', I mean those projects that deliver nothing and are cancelled after fruitless spending, or those that deliver greatly reduced functionality and exceed their timescale and cost. Read more…


The Specification Debate : Executive Summary

The specification debate has raged for some time. Many methodologies have been proposed and many companies formed to service the users of these methodologies. Of primary importance in the UK in the last twenty years has been the development of Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology (SSADM). Read more…


The Rules for IT Requirements Specifications

Precision Design Technology (PDT) considers the IT profession is unlike most other engineering disciplines - it does not follow basic rules of construction when it considers Specifications. In other engineering disciplines there are internationally recognised rules agreed among practitioners over the last 100 years and recognised as good practice. Read more...


Cash Flow and the Credit Crunch

We consider the effect on cash flow for IT projects during the current Credit Crunch and contend that organisations should make better use of the limited budgets available for IT development to deliver much needed IT infrastructure. Read more...


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