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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Data Flow Diagram - Phsical DFD to Logical DFD Conversion
Physical DFDs are a means to an end, not an end in themselves. They are drawn to describe an implementation of the existing system for two reasons:
· to ensure a correct understanding of the current implementation (users are generally better able to discuss the physical system as they know it through people, workstations and days of the week.)
· the implementation itself may be a problem or limiting factor; changing the implementation, rather than the system concept may provide the desired results.
A logical view steps back from the actual implementation and provides a basis for examining the combination of processes, data flows, data stores, inputs and outputs without concern for the physical devices, people or control issues that characterise the implementation.
A logical data flow diagram is derived from the physical version by doing the following:
· Show actual data needed in a process, not the documents that contain them.
· Remove routing information; that is, show the flow between procedures, not between people, offices or locations.
· Remove references to physical devices.
· Remove references to control information
· Consolidate redundant data stores.
· Remove unnecessary processes, such as those that do not change the data or data flows.