Computers Explained: An Expanded Analogy

In Computers Explained: The Meeting Analogy, I gave a basic description of how a computer works. I then added to that in Computers Explained: Big Data Implications how analytical processes impact computers. Today, I expand upon the analogy, covering both the impact of Languages and and Parallel Processing. Programming Tools In my textbook on financial systems, Balancing Act, chapter 17 Programming Tools, I have shared … Continue reading Computers Explained: An Expanded Analogy

Computers Explained: Big Data Implications

This week’s episode continues last week’s meeting analogy, discussing the impact of big data on how a computer works, and the need for access to the data can significantly impact how much of the “big data” is actually usable. Financial processes almost always begin with a balance. When one checks a financial account, the first thing of interest is “What’s the balance?” Yet balances are … Continue reading Computers Explained: Big Data Implications

Computers Explained: The Meeting Analogy

In business computing, it’s simple to break types of work done into two broad categories: (1) Transaction Capture and (2) Reporting Processes. The amount of code supporting transaction capture processes is likely much more extensive than reporting processes. But my work focuses much more on reporting and analytical processes. A Metric Engine is the idea for something much closer to the simplicity of a search … Continue reading Computers Explained: The Meeting Analogy