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Comprehensive Computer Accounting System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081952D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleishbeck, HW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

As computing systems become more complex, it is desirable to have comprehensive accounting capability built into the computer system to provide detailed accounting information, and a system that allows flexible billing of users of the system based upon a wide variety of parameters.

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Comprehensive Computer Accounting System

As computing systems become more complex, it is desirable to have comprehensive accounting capability built into the computer system to provide detailed accounting information, and a system that allows flexible billing of users of the system based upon a wide variety of parameters.

Many existing large computer installations utilize two types of accounting facilities. First, the operating system in the computer has an accounting facility which provides information concerning the utilization of system resources. Second, various application programs or subsystems have their own accounting facilities. In present systems, the accounting mechanism in the operating system and the accounting mechanism in the application programs are relatively independent.

Improved accounting information can be obtained by extending the accounting functions normally provided by the operating system, to encompass the accounting functions normally provided for by the application programs. Such an accounting system supports selective gathering of more comprehensive data, based upon the installation's and application's requirements. This data is tagged with a set of accounting identifiers from both the user and system, so that it can be utilized by billing routines which calculate bills based on a wide variety of parameters. In such a system, at the time that a user logs onto the system, the accounting program assembles information concerning the specific system environment being used, and it also gathers user related information. This combined information provides a basis for more accurate accounting.

In most computer installations, only certain types of users are billed for the time that they utilize the system. Other users who are associated with operating the system are not charged for the time they utilize the system. A comprehensive accounting system should include a flag associated with each authorized user. This flag could be interrogated by the billing routine, to determine if that particular user should be billed for the time he utilizes the system.

Greater flexibility and integrity can be achieved in a computer accounting system, the accounting...