External Inputs

External Inputs (EI) - is an elementary process in which data crosses the boundary from outside to inside. This data is coming external to the application. The data may come from a data input screen or another application. The data may be used to maintain one or more internal logical files. The data can be either control information or business information. If the data is control information it does not have to maintain an internal logical file.

If an external input adds, changes and deletes (maintains) information on an internal logical file, then this represents three external inputs. External inputs (especially change & delete) may be preceded by an external inquiry (see the section on external inquiries). Hence a full function screen is add, change, delete and inquiry (more will be discussed about inquiries later in the book).