Distributed Processing Systems

By Robert J. Thierauf | Go to book overview
THE NEED FOR NEWER MATHEMATICAL MODELS
NEWER MATHEMATICAL MODELS
CORPORATE PLANNING MODELS
GOAL PROGRAMMING
VENTURE ANALYSIS
HEURISTIC PROGRAMMING
PAPERLESS OUTPUT OF FUTURE DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS
VOICE SYSTEMS OF FUTURE DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS
DECISION MAKING WITH FUTURE DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING SYSTEMS
DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS THAT EXTEND BEYOND THE ORGANIZATION
DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS THAT LINK MANUFACTURER WITH SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND RETAILERS
CONCLUSION
QUESTIONS
SELECTED REFERENCES

12 FUTURE DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING SYSTEMS

The material of Chapter 11 stressed new, emerging characteristics of future distributed processing systems. Although the main thrust was on these items, the underlying theme was providing meaningful and timely information to operations and managerial personnel at the appropriate levels in an organization. Since information does not come into existence on its own, it must be acquired, evaluated, stored, transmitted, recalled, condensed, expanded, interpreted, and so forth to be of value to organizational personnel, in particular those involved in the decision- making process. Decision makers must possess the right kind of information at the right time in the right amount from the right source. Such is the conceptual foundation of future distributed processing systems where particular emphasis is placed on providing information for decision makers at all organization levels.

Within this chapter, the emerging characteristics of future distributed systems will be apparent throughout the discussion. After specifying the need for advanced mathematical models and presenting several of these to be found in future systems,

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