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AS Applied ICT - ICT and Organisations Assignment Task 1 Research One - Sainsbury's History and Goals The supermarket chain Sainsbury's was founded in 1869 as a partnership. Once Sainsbury's grew in success it became a private company, then even becoming public. It is now the longest-standing major food retailing chain with 788 stores. Sainsbury's is a national commercial company who provides financial services but is mainly a supermarket retailer; selling food, clothing and home products. Sainsbury's current goal and mission statement is "...to be the consumer's first choice for food, delivering products of outstanding quality and great service at a competitive cost through working faster, simpler and together." Structure *Please see attached sheet Data handling needs Since Sainsbury's store a lot of information about people, products etc it is essential that they have a reliable and secure system to store it all in. This data ensures that Sainsbury's functions correctly. Sainsbury's processes data from all aspects of their company, but primarily process' data of about 30 000 products, 178 000 staff and 22 million nectar card holders. The main information about products must be stored in the computer system so that Sainsbury's knows not only how much to charge for each product but also stock levels within the store and stock-warehouses. The products will be automatically linked with prices, offers and stock levels. ...read more.

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Details of each product and the calculations are also output physically in the form of receipts. If a customer has a nectar card Sainsbury's can make a profile of which items a customer buys and this data is processed and stored in the system. This system within Sainsbury's meets data handling needs in that the company is able to efficiently process data and meet the company purpose. The scanning process is especially useful in making Sainsbury's function correctly as the data is output on screen and on receipts and means Sainsbury's can process the products, prices and sales. This meets the organisation goal in that it provides an efficient service; it aims to work 'faster, simpler and together'. This scanning system does this due to making it a quick process whereby the product information is quickly scanned through the computer system and output for the customer. Research Two - Millfield Medical Centre History and Goals The medical centre was founded in 1903 in the East End of Sunderland although then moved to Pallion in 1978 and later to Millfield in 1987. It is part of the public sector and is a small medical centre that provides a service of healthcare to the public. The company's mission statement is to provide 'Effective care, well delivered'. ...read more.

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The patient's medical details will also need to be in depth so they can assist doctors when they are being seen in an appointment. For each appointment the details such as date and time will need to be linked to the patient information including the prescription records, and also the doctor's timetables. This meets the data handling needs, as it is essential that appointments can be organised so that the company is providing the service it aims to. As the appointments will need to be linked to employee availability this will also ensure that the hours staff have worked will be recorded. This can be processed within the computer and then be output in the form of payrolls or reports. This data is all stored within a safe system that enables Millfield Medical Centre to easily search and use data that is relevant to the company. With use of an electronic database it helps staff when ensuring the data handling needs are met, as all of the relevant details are processed in an organised manner. The database helps the company use the data; it can be accessed, managed, used and updated when needed. Data of all aspects of the company can be easily searched for and linked together. The mission statement for 'Effective care, well delivered' is met as the system ensures relevant staff can see patients and that the organisation of their care is well delivered. ...read more.

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