I am a student in CIS 50 which is an online course. The reason that I take this class is that I want to learn how to process and apply collected data into a practical field with computer. Though I have used computer since elementary school, I can only operate a few programs and games. I seldom have any basic knowledge about computer and data processing. So, I would like to study from the very bottom level of this subject.
Lifecycle - Concept Development
As I am a baseball fan, I like to choose baseball for my topic.
I would say my topic is "Baseball statistics website"
Users: Baseball fans
Users Need: Basic information about players (ex; name, team, position, etc...)
System Need: statistical data from game results (ex; batting average, earned run average, etc...)
Available Information: cumulated statistics of players with comparison
My information system is a Baseball statistics website. Users basically need only an access to internet. Thus, as long as users have hardware such as a computer with wired or wireless internet connection, they have no difficulty to get information from the website. They will be able to get individual statistic of players in tables of data arranged by team and year.
First step to build my information system would be building a website. I would start to make my own website with Google Sites. As specific data elements for my information system include immense amount of data (including statistics data of all 30 major league baseball clubs and minor league clubs), I might start from one club (which might be my favorite team) and put tables of statistic data of players on the website. Then, I will continue to make subsequently though I am not sure that I would be able to build the whole system including all of clubs by the end of the quarter.
As my information system is a just website and there are many free and paid software programs that help building a website or provide ready-made websites, it would be better to adopt only basic structure of a system from those programs. We are not supposed to be consisted of contents that are available in many other baseball statistic websites. As our competition services are already well-known websites with a variety of features such as MLB.com and Fangraphs, our competitive edge would be developed by deriving user involvements in early phases of our system development. We will try various features and accordingly collect data and information desired by users. However, we will still need experts in the field for maintenance of our system; mostly replacing and updating data rapidly. We might need a promotional team for the system instead to attract more user involvements. We should be distinguished from other websites by providing unique features and rarely known statistic data which are also demanded by users. In early phase of our system, it will be non-profit system for general users and later, we will offer more detailed and hardly available statistic data to certain groups of professionals such as MLB front offices and other baseball-related businesses as paid services.
My information system would be developed by creating a website first with a small number of (5~10 people) specialties in website management. Most of them are assigned to build a website with basic features and only some of them are dealing with information and data in the early stage of the website development.
As we are capable of providing general contents about baseball, categorized by players, teams, batting average, the number of strikeouts and etc., we will make a promotional team to advertise our new beta feature which is going to be run by users’ involvement. As users show their interests about specific data and information, our specialties will find and access to those data and make available to our website users.
At the further stage of information system development, we might hire a few analysts in baseball to examine and develop our own statistic information about baseball. This would cost a lot of money, time, and labor but this feature would be the most competitive edge eventually for survival of our information system among other competitors.
Lastly, as we are giving personal and official information about baseball players, we are supposed to deal with players' legal rights such as intellectual properties or copyrights of those statistics data. As long as we reach agreements with MLB and players association which manage most of baseball players in the country, we do not have any problem to run this information system.
As users’ involvements are critical in developing my information system, I would also highly prefer to run my system in beta service in the early stage so we can evaluate many different users’ preferences and interests. Basically, we do not need to train our users as our information system is just a website. The only thing we have to confirm to our users is where they can post their ideas and needs. Questions from new users are generally answered by very well-structured FAQs. As I assume that our staffs are also starting to run a new information system, I admit that they need a period of adjustment to it. So, in the early stage of development, I might deploy such services like SalesForce.com for various reasons. First, we can adjust our website in a short period of time with their helps and we need to do those adjustment and changes quickly to meet our users’ interest in our beta service term. Experts not only provide us those services but also educate our staffs in a long run. Moreover, those services themselves could be our alternative plans to solve possible problems in our system. Adjusting to our new information system with experts of those services, we might be more flexible in running our system and handling future problems.
As soon as the system is built, we might only have a predicted season schedule and past statistic records of players. Thus, we need to do every day based updates as our information system is the one that provides statistics information and data changing everyday during baseball season. Our key task at this stage is combining and analyzing past data and new data rapidly and further providing those data to users in effective ways such as categorizing and subdividing those data on the website in very detail so users can find specific data that they want by simply typing in the general search engine of our website. More upgrades could be possible by adapting new feature such as real time reporting of baseball games. The competitive edge of our information system is providing users very detail and specific data as soon as possible. If we are behind in accessing and providing data compared to other major baseball websites, users have no reason to use our system
I cannot think of how my information system, baseballwebsite, would end up as we would keep accumulating all the statistical data aslong as baseball games are played. I can expect some follow-on system such ascombining data and information of other baseball leagues in other countries.Perhaps we could aim to build a huge baseball information website, embracingall baseball data in the world. Then, we have to take multilingual services andhire people with local backgrounds of baseball in other countries. We couldbroadcast or upload our own baseball highlights through our website by hiringour own production team. Or if we are hard to get a license for broadcasting,we might buy only such a product that can provide us those highlight videosfrom outside of the system. As I have referred in previous weeks, we will alsohire baseball analysts to obtain our own unique and specific baseballstatistics. Then, our website would transform into more than a baseballwebsite. We will offer everything related to baseball for all people from thosewho are little bit interested in baseball to even those who are in baseballprofession.
In the movie Iron Man 2, there are the objects materializedwith holographic technology which not only materializes a three dimensional objectwith lights but also visualizes the object in the air. This technology is veryuseful for future mobile and computer electronics. If we can visualize anobject or screen of electronic devices, also possible to magnify and reducescreens, we would no longer have a hard time to read and watch informationthrough relatively small screens of our conventional electronic devices. Iwould like to build my information system, a baseball website, compatible withthe holographic technology so our users would be able to access to ourinformation anywhere with their mobile electronic devices.