When MIS (management information systems) were first introduced in to schools, the hardware arrived in boxes and the software on discs. The school computer system lived in the school office and was never accessed by the teaching staff.
In the context of today's busy Independent Schools the need to operate more efficiently and quickly as a whole school team quickly reveals this old approach as limited and outdated. Teaching staff, and now more frequently parents expect to be able to interact with school data from their own homes, which of course is now easily possible due to the explosion in popularity of home broadband internet.
Systems with their foundations in the old way of client-server computing (i.e. hardware installed on site at school) will always be a compromise in the new world environment.
Major software suppliers, such as Microsoft, are moving rapidly towards online delivery of software as the most cost effective way of improving reliability and collaboration between ’Information Workers’. Internet connected software and email are already ubiquitous.
Moreover, moving away from old style installed software removes significant in-house costs for schools in installing, maintaining and upgrading applications and new hardware, as well as maintenance charges and on-going training.
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