As image processing technology advances, its application in developing management information
systems (MISs) will increase. Effectively integrating this technology into large-scale information system
development efforts requires advances in development tools, particularly software development tools. The
development of MIS software has become more sophisticated and efficient due to the availability of powerful
tools; however, these tools have not kept pace with the tremendous progress made in image processing
technology. The availability of software tools is key to the success of electronic imaging --the broader the
software support, the larger the potential marketplace.
Standards already exist for the interchange of image information, i.e., how to move images from Point
A to Point B. For example, CCITT Group 4 deals with formats for compression/decompression techniques.
The tagged image file format (TIFF) has become an industry-accepted file structure. These structures do not
address the problems of preserving quality, extracting information through enhancement or restoration
techniques, or manipulating the image once it has been delivered to the imaging application. These and
other image processing operations are becoming more widely performed, especially as the image content of
information management systems increases.