Monday, April 10, 2006

Funny Thing Called "BUGS"

No developed system is perfect. Definitely, there will be glitches, most of the time minor. These are often referred to as “bugs”, a defect in a routine program or code. Many would say that this is the bail out word that programmers and system developers use once their finished program is unable to create the necessary output, or worse, in times where in the system would suffer from a critical error that could eventually lead to system crashes or downtime. A good example is the operating system we are using, whether this be Microsoft Windows or Linux. There are periodical update patches that are advised to be download most of them critical to safeguard our computers from such untoward intrusions like “hackers” or the more commonly known “viruses” from creating havoc in our computers.

To declare that a company has a perfect system really depends as to how the programmers are able to effectively translate the workflow of a company’s operation into a working system. This is one reason why it takes some time before a systems development project group takes on the system architecture that they have laid out to meet their superior’s or client’s needs. Properly identifying these critical points is a must. Shortcuts to processes must be put at a minimum otherwise, this would just open the door for bugs, leading to criticism on the part of the project development group, and most likely leaving the door open for bugs to arise.

Systems development is really more than meets the eye. It needs a more thorough and deeper analysis of how to translate daily operations and procedures are done, and at the same time serving the necessary output expected from it. Systems should never be deemed as fully accomplished. They can be termed as developed “according to what the end user needs” but should also be left open for further enhancements. Especially in our day of age, most companies need more than just figures and graphs to determine the actual corporate stature, most top officials would want to go deeper, to the last centavo as they would typically term it. These are things not usually included in a developed system, rather a summary of the performance of that entity. Though these may not be categorically identified as “bugs”.

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