University of Phoenix Online
CIS/319 - Computers & Information Processing
Week 2 Individual Assignment
Current technology makes it much easier to collect various types of data today than in the past. Not only is it easier, but it can be faster and more accurate if the appropriate methods of data input are used to collect the data. If the data is entered into a computer then it is much easier to manipulate the data to make the information provided more beneficial to the person that wants the data. For example, a telephone survey could be conducted with a voice automated system that would record the responses and enter them into a database. Even if the survey was not conducted using an automated voice system, the answers given by the person being surveyed could be entered into a database. Once the information has been collected from the desired number of people, it would be very easy to analyze the responses and make decisions based off of the information that was gathered. Printed questionnaires, on the other hand, such as a test or a printed survey could be input into a computer using an optical data reader. This would make grading a test much faster and more impartial because the tests would be scored by the computer. The banking industry has a massive amount of data to be processed on a daily basis. Items such as bank checks, since they include magnetic ink, can be processed using a magnetic ink character recognition device. If the banks did not use this type of processing or a similar process for the millions of checks that are written every day around the world, the industry would not be able to keep pace with the economy. Of course in today's society, even written checks are sometimes considered to be too slow and many people and businesses would prefer to pay using credit cards. Not only do most businesses have to deal with bank checks, but they also have to keep track of inventory and sales which is usually done...