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Computing & Control Engineering Journal

Issue 4 • Date Jul 1991

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  • Parallel algorithms for the design of control schemes

    Page(s): 180 - 186
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    The application of parallel-processing techniques to the general area of control systems design and implementation is currently a very active research topic and offers the promise of major breakthroughs for currently intractable problems. The article uses some reported work on the use of a hypercube multiprocessor to discuss the design computations aspect. Simultaneously, some possible future research topics in this general area are highlighted View full abstract»

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  • Systems for managing quality

    Page(s): 170 - 173
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    The key is that quality is about prevention. If one lived in a perfect world where everything was done right first time, where all communications were performed without ambiguity, where people worked in harmony, one would not need to think about quality at all! The purpose of implementing a quality management system is to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of the business. The opportunities for cost savings are clearly large and any company which intends to stay in business cannot afford to ignore this. But implementing a QMS also brings great benefits to the people who work in the organisation. It allows them to use their own talents in the best way instead of having to put their energies into unproductive activities to fix unnecessary problems. It thus enables individuals to have more satisfying jobs View full abstract»

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  • The user-the missing link in IT research and development

    Page(s): 177 - 179
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    The article is about the direction and management of research and development in information technology. Information technology (IT) is defined as any aspect of science and technology which concerns the storage, manipulation, communication and use of information. IT concerns the development and use of semiconductor circuits, microprocessor computers, software, display and printing devices and so on. As such IT permeates every aspect of our lives: at home in our domestic appliances and home control systems, at leisure in our cars and electronic games, at work in our office systems, management systems and design systems. A user of IT is anyone who uses any aspect of IT for any purpose. A user may himself be an IT professional, a member of the lay public, or a business person with a difficult problem to solve. The whole economy of nations, particularly developed nations, depends on the effective use of IT. There is more benefit to be derived from the effective use of the latest technology than any other single influence. It is essential that we now plan for research and development programmes to provide effective use alongside the development of the technology of IT itself. In making these plans we must overcome past reservations and get used to `users' being involved in research and development, in deriving `specifications' as the output of programmes, without the fear that we are getting `near market' View full abstract»

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  • We are all managers now

    Page(s): 151 - 155
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    Information systems/information technology (IS/IT) professionals, need to seek greater interaction with business managers, in particular with the board members of large corporations, if IS/IT is to assume the pivotal role expected of it in the 1990s. The author discusses the ignorance of business managers of IT issues. He examines the attitudes of IT/IS practitioners. He looks at the evolution of the role of IT and at the potentials of IT in business View full abstract»

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  • Information centre management

    Page(s): 165 - 169
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    Eagle Star Insurance is one of the largest composite insurance companies in the UK and has outlets in over 50 countries worldwide. Eagle Star has one support division-Corporate Services. It is within Corporate Services that the end-user computing support function resides and is responsible for all personal computing using the mainframe under TSO (time-sharing option), personal computers and office automation using a network of Wang VS and OIS machines. The role of the information centre within Eagle Star is changing. It is becoming more business oriented, more aware of the effect on the `bottom line' for individual business areas and more able to influence and support the strategic needs of the company. The decentralisation of the day-to-day support allows a focus on the significant new developments that are emerging within the personal computing environment. As a result of these changes the largest increase in expenditure for the department during the next two years will be for training. Training in new environments and products for the support analysts, and training in the management of change View full abstract»

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  • Design and application of multifrequency signals

    Page(s): 187 - 195
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    The use of the fast fourier transform (FFT) algorithm in commercially available and custom-built digital spectrum analysers has resulted in an increasing interest in system identification in the frequency domain. Historically, pseudo-random binary signals have been widely used as perturbation signals for system identification because they are easy to generate using simple shift-register circuitry, which has resulted in their incorporation in a number of signal generators. However, their properties are not particularly well suited to frequency-domain system identification. This has led to the design of more suitable signals for this type of identification, but these have tended to remain primarily a research tool because they have not been easy to generate. This problem has largely disappeared with the widespread availability of programmable read only memories and some of these designs are just beginning to appear on commercial hardware and software packages. The author reviews some of these other designs View full abstract»

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  • The information organisation

    Page(s): 161 - 164
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    The article reviews the evolution of information resource management. By outlining the key lessons learned from experience to date, it discusses the main issues to be faced by practitioners in the coming years, if they are to respond successfully to the business challenges in the 1990s. Before addressing the above, the article briefly deals with one or two definitions. Information resource management (IRM) is an American term (coined in the late 1970s), used to describe the application of management principles to the use of information as a corporate resource. In Europe-corporate data management-conveys similar meanings, although admittedly the latter does suffer from several limitations, for example, `data' is only one of the objects to be managed and the function is not always at corporate level View full abstract»

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  • Managing IS/IT strategic planning

    Page(s): 156 - 160
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    The extensive promotion of IS/IT strategic planning in the 1980s raised expectations that have not been met. In large parts this resulted from an emphasis of IS/IT planning as a one-off exercise rather than as a management process integrated into the business planning cycle-a requirement for the 1990s. In essence, IS/IT strategic planning is a repetitive activity. It involves integration, iteration and alignment to define a set of plans that can guide an IT division to support corporate goals and to maximise investment in IT. IT plans should be in the same format and be produced in the same broad timescales as other divisional plans; all of which will improve the lot of the IT planner. IS/IT strategic planning must become an accepted part of the business planning cycle, feeding and feeding off the IT division's customers' plans View full abstract»

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Published from 2003-2007, Computing and Control Engineering was concerned with computing, communications, control and instrumentation.

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