1997 Capstone Abstracts
Change Management in the Semiconductor Industry Using Computer Modeling and Simulation
This paper deals with effective change management using computer modeling and simulation following the principles of system dynamics. In the semiconductor industry, wafer yields are rising while package costs are falling. Currently, circuits go through wafer and final package test. With a convergence of the trends mentioned above, it is feasible that wafer test could be eliminated. This research focuses on computer modeling that allow managers to make an informed decision about bypassing wafer test.
Building a Prototype Data Warehouse at an Architectural/Engineering Design Firm
Data warehousing has generated interest among information technology professionals and business executives because of its potential to turn data into information. This project reviews current thinking among practitioners, describes a design approach in non-technical terms, and demonstrates a prototype data warehouse for an architectural/engineering firm. The prototype substantiates the correlation between the quality of source data and extracted information and reinforces the need for an iterative, incremental approach to ensure the data warehouse meets expectations.