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The Entourage System: A Feasibility Study

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Introduction

The Entourage System: A Feasibility Study AB Software Solution Co., Ltd. Document Control Version Version Date Signatory (ATA) Signatory (AB Consulting) 1.0 9th December 2004 Stakeholders 1 Association of Theatrical Agents (A.T.A.) 2 Agents 3 Actors 4 Casting Directors 5 System Administrator Events Feasibility Presentation on 23 November 2004 1 Talbert Parker (A.T.A.) 2 Talulah Parker (Agent) 3 Jacey Sutton (Casting Director) User Requirements Interviews on 16 November 2004 1 Talulah Parker (Agent) 2 Jacey Sutton (Casting Director) Contents 1. Introduction 1.1. Purpose 1.2. Justification for the Proposed System 1.3. Requirements Definition (Summary of RDD; include full document in appendix) 1.4. Use Cases 1.4.1. Use case diagram (first-level abstraction) 1.4.2. Actors (descriptions) 1.4.3. Use Case (descriptions) 2. Considerations 3. Comparison of options 4. Conclusions (including recommendations) 5. References Terms of Reference This report will discuss the feasibility of implementing a distributed internet-based database with the primary purpose of assisting casting directors select actors for supporting roles. The system will be accessible by agents, casting directors and one or more system administrators and the Association of Theatrical Agents (A.T.A.) will sponsor its development. This report firstly presents details of the requirements, followed by development options for the system including a comparison between the benefits and drawbacks of each function and at the end, a number of options and recommendations are made as to how the system should be built. Background According to the initial research of the Association of Theatrical Agents (A.T.A.) and the subsequent user requirements interviews carried out by the AB Software solutions Co. with an Agent and Casting Director, there is demand for a system to assist casting directors search for supporting actors. It can be seen that whilst the systems main purpose is to support the Casting Directors, it will also have a direct impact on the actors and agents. Summary of Findings A.T.A. Findings Initial Objectives * To build a system that assists casting directors in browsing for supporting actors with specific search criteria * To allow saving of ...read more.

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* Email will allow attachments of up to 10MB, which should be large enough to send pretty much any data they require (such as a large script). This is a fast and cost effective solution saving much money on courier / bike charges that are incurred at present * There will be a facility to post information on a noticeboard and assign certain users access to view this. Calendar & Audition Scheduler Calender functionality would allow a user to view availability information about other users and would function in a similar way to outlook. * This will allow casting directors to advertise shows / auditions * This will allow agents to post their availability as well as that of the actors they represent * The limitations for the agents will be reached when they can no longer keep up with the availability and other changing information about an actor that they are responsible for maintaining. Information Storage considerations Whilst not directly user requirements, information should be stored in such a way that queries are fast and accurate. There will be great onus placed on the development of the system to be able to perform as well as other similar systems. * Overloading of the data to be constantly analyzed aiding the correct content to be saved. * Avoiding data redundancy and unnecessary storage utilization of the actor's details in the casting director's systems for future information retrieval. * Saving the necessary information, would be beneficial to the casting directors in order in case of retrieval, as it would require less time for the same. * Flexibility of the system, in the modification of the data. * Data compression and classification of the same in different categories, to avoid hindrance if any in the capacity of the storage space of the system. * The ease, with which the information is stored from one to system to another, would also depend on the performance and the compatibility of the system. ...read more.

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Design Create a Detailed System Design including designs for web forms, menus, database tables, and any other system components System Architect Implementation Coding and web form development, as well development of reports and the database migration to SQL Server Web Developer, Programmer, and a Database Administrator Testing Test all forms, menus, queries, reports, database updates, etc. Users and Testers Training Develop training guides Ensuring that each person who uses the system can get the information they need System Analyst and Users. Release System to the Agents Announce the release of the system and give all authorized users access Project Team Release the System to the Casting Directors Announce the release of the system and give all authorized users access (one month after release to Agents) Project Team System Upgrade review Review the system to identify upgrade needs (6 months after release to casting directors) System Analyst and Users Development costs and estimated time scales for advanced system option Phase Duration (Days) Estimated Cost (GBP) System Analysis 8 �9,000 System Design 7 �8,000 Implementation 13 �14,000 Testing 13 �12,000 Training 3 �4,000 Release System to the Agents 1 �1,000 Release the System to the Casting Directors 1 �1,000 System Upgrade review 2 �2,000 Total for basic system 48 days �51,000 * For the Basic System: Reduce this schedule by 10 days and �18k ** For the Full system: Add 10 days and �17k *** Additional cost and time will be spread across the System Analysis to Training stages Hardware & Software Costs Basic Server: �50k Advanced Server: �90k Server Software: �7k Software for features: �8k Total Costs Development Costs Hardware & Software Costs Total Cost Basic System �33k �65k �98k Advanced System �51k �65k �116k Full System �68k �105k �169k Provisional Project Timeline Activity Date Specification Sign Off 1-Jan-05 System Analysis and Development 10-Jan-05 System Testing 25-Jan-05 System Release to Agents (Agents enter actor details) 1-Feb-05 System Release to Casting Directors 1-Mar-05 System Review 1-Jul-05 Development of video capabilities 1-Jan-06 Release of video capabilities 1-Feb-06 ...read more.

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