Ottaway MIS Creates 'Living System.' (Ottaway Newspapers Inc. Management Information Systems) (News/Tech)

By Rosenberg, Jim | Editor & Publisher, November 16, 1991 | Go to article overview

Ottaway MIS Creates 'Living System.' (Ottaway Newspapers Inc. Management Information Systems) (News/Tech)


Rosenberg, Jim, Editor & Publisher


Ottaway MIS creates |living system'

By the mid-1980s PCs had established themselves. Their penetration of the newspaper market seemed close at hand. Gone would be isolated, air conditioned computer rooms. Distributed processing and databases were on the way, as intelligent microcomputers replaced dumb terminals.

That vision generally outlines systems many publications eventually adopted. Others, by the '90s, would exploit newer, more powerful microcomputers as workstations and fileservers; in other cases they joined micros to minicomputers as vendors' publishing systems evolved to accommodate new desktop machines.

At about the same time, businesses, too, were similarly reconfiguring - decentralizing structure and control to permit varying degrees of autonomy among local or individual units. Maybe not exactly "do your own thing" 20 years later, but things had changed and a generation had grown up and moved into management.

So why, by 1985, was Ottaway Newspapers moving to standardize business systems at group papers from coast to coast and centralize their operations in a minicomputer center tucked amid the farmlands of New York's Orange County?

A closer look suggests that, far from watching the parade pass, Ottaway's MIS operation began its march years before others. It now moves with the speed of the very latest hardware, with software that improves from one day to the next.

For one thing, it sought better control of the system to deliver better, more dependable service to both local and corporate users.

Wherever local managers move they find familiar systems; wherever MIS looks, it is supporting and servicing essentially the same local systems.

In the process, it did not ignore changes in computer architecture; among other things, it has warmly embraced the latest in PCs.

(Not to be ignored is the fact that Ottaway's parent corporation, Dow Jones & Co., has never been shy about technology, nor has it been reluctant to develop on its own when it felt suitable systems were unavailable elsewhere.)

Ottaway MIS director Jim Fournier volunteered that his operation seemed to move against the trend, but confidently offered a you-can't-argue-with-success defense: management is happy - the system works and is a bottom-line winner.

"I don't think there's another group in the country doing what we're doing with this much success," said Fournier, who joined Ottaway 20 years ago. After early work with Photon he became systems manager at the group's Middletown, N.Y., Times Herald-Record.

Rather than remove local decision making, centralizing enables a newspaper to concentrate on its business rather than on its business system by removing much of the responsibility for system selection, installation and maintenance in return for better system control and performance.

However, in order to centralize, software and hardware groupwide had to be standardized. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Ottaway MIS Creates 'Living System.' (Ottaway Newspapers Inc. Management Information Systems) (News/Tech)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.