Analysis- System Specification
In order to design my database on Microsoft Access the software I will
need is as following. I will need the operating system of Windows XP.
This is because this version of Windows is more up-to-data and more
professional to use than say, Windows 98. Also Windows XP will have
better and more up-to-date features than older versions would have.
I will need the applications programmes of Microsoft Access 2003 and
Microsoft Word 2003. The reasons for this is because I will need
Microsoft Access to perform such actions as creating the database and
I will need Microsoft Word to perform such actions as creating a mail
merge. Also I will need Microsoft Access 2003 and Microsoft Word 2003
because these are more up to date and more professional versions
compared to older versions such as Microsoft Access 2000 and Microsoft
The hardware I will need in order to carry out my database is as
following. I will need a processor that has a minimum of 1GB
(Gigabyte). The reason for me needing a processor this size is because
this will enable me to have a larger overall volume of work stored on
the computer and will allow me system to run quickly.
I will also need a RAM (Random Access Memory) of at least 512KB. I
will need this in order for my database to work quickly enough and
sufficiently enough for the needs of my end user. I also do not need
too much memory, as I would then be wasting large amounts of this.
Further hardware that I need is a ROM (Read Only Memory) or a Hard
Drive of at least 60GB. I will need a hard drive this size in order
for my database to work quickly and sufficiently enough for the needs
of my end user. Also I do not need too much memory, as doing so would
be wasting large amounts, as it is not being filled.
Other hardware that I need are peripherals. These are things such as a
keyboard, a mouse, a monitor, a printer and a PC. The type of keyboard
I will need is an ergonomic keyboard rather than just a standard
QWERTY keyboard. This is because if a lot of work is carried out
involving a lot of typing having an ergonomic keyboard may help to
reduce the stress of working on a computer for long periods and may
also help to reduce both back and neck pain.
A further peripheral I will need is a mouse. The type of mouse I will
need is a standard roller ball mouse with a scroll bar.