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User and Developer - User Systems Development Using a Spreadsheet Program

User and Developer - User Systems Development Using a Spreadsheet Program
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Author(s): Anders Advic (Orebro University, Sweden)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch005
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


In the early days of computers, expertise was needed in order to use computers. As IT tools have become more powerful and user friendly, more and more people have been able to use computers and programs as tools when carrying out working tasks. Nowadays it is even possible for people without special IT training to construct Information Systems (IS) that only IT specialists could have done some years ago. In this paper the conditions and effects of User Systems Development (USD) using a Spreadsheet Program (SP) are discussed. USD is performed by a User-Developer (UD), a person who acts both as a user and a systems developer. A typical feature of a UD is that he has a good knowledge of the business and the work related to the Information System (IS) in question, which is called the User Developed Application (UDA).

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