Target Information System

Prior to beginning work on this assignment read Chapters 1, 2, and 9 of your textbook, review the Database Lifecycle and (DBLC) Database Life Cycle  online resources, and review any relevant information in this week’s lecture. These sources will be used to support your work in the assignment. It is also recommended that you log in to your virtual lab environment and make sure you can access the Structured Query Language (SQL) server housed there.

Successful database development must appropriately reflect the information system of which the database is a part. In order to ensure that the database captures the needed information for the target information system, database architects must work within a framework known as the Database Development Life Cycle (DBLC). The DBLC includes steps ranging from initial assessment and analysis to operation and maintenance. This assignment will be the first step in the creation of your Week Six Database Design Project.

For this assignment, analyze the user needs laid out in the ISM641 DBLC Scenario in order to facilitate the development of a database life cycle for the project. Within your paper describe the steps of the Database Development Life Cycle as it relates to the ConstructCo needs. Explain the analysis, design, implementation and testing tasks needed to complete each step within the DBLC for ConstructCo. For the conceptual design phase of the development, describe how unstructured data can be converted to structured data. Explain a minimum of two challenges, either business or technical, you might face when implementing the DBLC process and suggest ways in which you would overcome these challenges. Use evidence from your required resources to support your statements.

The final portion of your paper will be a one-page professional memo that will explain the DBLC steps to the ConstructCo executive team. The objective of the memo is to gain buy-in for the database development process in order to ensure successful project implementation. (Information on Writing a Business Memo, as well as a Business Memo Template, and a Sample Business Memo are provided for your convenience.)

The assignment

  • Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style .
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least two professional sources in addition to the course text.

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