Can Build -- A State of the Need Application

Robin M. Krumholz

This paper describes the development of an inventory management tool for Digital Equipment Corporation. The tool, CAN BUILD, began as a rule-based prototype, and evolved into an integrated software solution that addresses a critical business problem: inventory reduction. The CAN BUILD system illustrates the power of integration on two levels: integration of data from multiple sources, and integration of multiple VMS 1 technologies and tools in a single business application. The development history of the project demonstrates the need to manage the introduction of new technology into a business process by evolutionary steps, over time, and to concentrate on the business needs, rather than on state-of-the-art er than on state-of-the-art technology.

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