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# Mannis Corporation's archival records are stored in an

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Mannis Corporation's archival records are stored in
an obsolete format that is accessible only by its
current computer system; thus they are inaccessible
when that system is not functioning properly. In order
archival records in the case of computer malfunction,
Mannis plans to replace its current computer system
with a new system that stores records in a format that
is accessible to several different systems.
The answer to which of the following questions
would be most helpful in evaluating the effectiveness
archival records?
(A) Will the new computer system require fewer
operators than the current system requires?
(B) Has Mannis Corporation always stored its
archival records in a computerized format?
(C) Will the new computer system that Mannis plans
ensure greater security for the records stored than
does Mannis' current system?
(D) Will Mannis' current collection of archival
records be readily transferable to the new
computer system?
(E) Will the new computer system be able to perform
many more tasks than the current system is able
to perform?
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17 Jan 2005, 13:46
Choose D.

The key is to access the existing archival records in the new system. So, the question to ask is are the archived records transferable to the new system.
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18 Jan 2005, 07:05
OA is (D)
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18 Jan 2005, 13:59

Mannis Corp's main concern - reliability on one computer system, that needs archival records in a particular format; thus the degree of dependability and unreliability.
What are they planning? A new system that stores data in different formats; hence minimize the degree of dependability and hence the risk level
Question to consider? Will the new system really reduce the degree of dependability and the risk level

Only C has an answer to this concern of theirs

Note: Answer D cannot be true because in the passage it appears that the Mannis knows of the new system that will change the format of their archivable records.
18 Jan 2005, 13:59
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