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  • MIS: Back to the Future
    Graham Cooper, Head of Marketing
    Phillip Hamlyn, Associate Technical Director
  • Smart Phones
    The Cloud
    MIS and Software Technologies
    The Future of MIS
  • Smart Phones
  • Smart Phones
    Smart Phones are becoming the norm
    They could overload mobile networks
    The best applications are tailored to the phone
    Separate platforms make development expensive
    Apple - iPhone
    Microsoft – Windows Phone 7
    Blackberry
    Google - Android
  • Smart Phones
    Great for doing single tasks
    They are extraordinarily flexible
    local storage
    play media
    voting pads
    sophisticated scientific instruments
    1000’s of applications (‘apps’) extend this further
    They could be used in the classroom by pupils and teachers .....
  • Smart Phones
    Smart phone interfaces are impacting PC designs
    Touch interfaces that understand gestures
    Designer led software
    No manuals (or training) required
    iPad
  • Intuitive Interface
  • “Push” Reporting – SIMS Homepage
  • The Cloud
  • The Cloud
    What benefits could the Cloud bring?
    Powerful services can be delivered via the Cloud
    voice to text
    translation
    directions avoiding traffic
    data storage and processing
    The Cloud isn’t necessarily safe – as Buzz users recently discovered
  • Cloud computing
    What happens to your data if the company goes bust or loses interest?
    How do you know that your data is safe?
    How do you know that you are complying with data protection law?
    How do you get to your data when the Internet is down?
    How do you move your data to another supplier?
  • The G-Cloud
    The previous Government has committed public bodies to using cloud services: G-Cloud
    • All public bodies will be able to host applications on the central computers
    • Open source or free software is to be encouraged
    • There is an assumption that software is a commodity
    • Typically this route does not offer a rich interface
  • The Cloud
    Typically cloud applications lack richness
  • Application Technology Future
    Basic business computing and communication technology has advanced markedly over the past 10 years but …
    This advance is asymmetric
    The most visible advances are not the most important for the future of information and applications
    What are the trends and where are they leading business applications ?
  • Application Software Advances
  • Advances in Application Technology - Client
    Client technologies are different now but have clear antecedents
    ActiveX (2000) == Silverlight (2010)
    Browser plug in providing desktop experience for browser application users
    Psion 5 (1997) == iPod Touch (2007)
    Touch screen enabled general purpose PDA, media player
    DHTML (1997) == HTML AJAX (2006)
    Responsive zero client browser client scripting technology
    User friendliness and consumer desire have increased linearly, but are not “game changers”
  • Main Drivers of Client Technology Improvements
    Globalisation of manufacture
    Better devices are cheaper to manufacture
    Global Positioning Satellite data
    Location based information gives an extra class of features
    Mobile telephone networks & Wi-Fi networks
    Allows many devices to be ‘always connected’
    Operating systems and application features have not driven client-side technology. We pretty much do the same with our software as we did in 2000.
  • Advances in Application Technology - Server
    Server technologies now in existence bear little relationship to those available in 2000
    CGI, Perl, ASP architectures, vertically integrated stacks are legacy
    Managed (.net, J2EE) architectures and hardware virtualisation are the norm.
    Further massive steps in virtualisation and server power are appearing which further challenge preconceived partitions between “client” and “server”
  • Main Drivers of Server Technology Improvements
    Massive industrialisation of server farms
    Industrialisation has historically driven huge reductions in cost
    Very clever virtualisation software and management systems give redundancy, performance and scalability
    Ubiquitous TCPIP global communications
    High speed broadband
    Use of TCPIP as the defining standard for inter systems communication.
  • Grasping the Advantage
    New line-of-business applications need to take advantage of the non-linear increase in server side capacity
    Anything that isn’t directly dealing with immediate user interaction should reside in the cloud
    Rich Internet Application platforms give immediacy and richness that old browser based technologies cannot
    This doesn’t mean the application cannot be locally hosted (or regionally hosted). The whole concept of ‘the cloud’ means the customer gets to choose, not that they lose the choice.
  • Relevance to Schools MIS
    Software location will be a customer choice, not a technology limitation – local, regional or national hosting are all options
    RIA platforms free the user and designer from making the “browser or thick client” decision. No client installs and no upgrade costs, no hardware refreshes and no HTML incompatibilities
    Multi-tenanting of schools in a single database will be common for schools seeking integration and resource sharing, without sacrificing security or performance
  • Assertions about the Future
    Assertion - all user-facing devices will support common RIA platforms.
    Perhaps not today’s iPhone, but tomorrows will
    Assertion – industrial server farms will just get bigger, cheaper, and greener
    Hosting a database locally will be seen as idiosyncratic and a avoidable security risk.
    Assertion – Application suites will extend support for plug-ins, but on their own terms
    Most big applications support plugins but there will not be a ubiquitous standard for plugin support – the technology exists (and always has done) but other than generics like spellcheckers the concept has got no further
  • Possible shape of new Schools MIS
    Client entirely based on RIA platform, run on-demand or downloaded for offline use.
    Server components hosted entirely off-site in a server farm of the users choice.
    Many traditionally interactive processes run using asynchronous batches.
    Co-hosting of many schools in a single federated database, sharing data limited only by security considerations rather than technology
    Expansion of user types to home carers, nurseries peripatetic teachers and other relevant, authorised users.
  • The Future of MIS
    Today the MIS is just as important in the classroom as the office
    VLEs and MIS are competing for the teacher’s attention
    VLEs do not seem to have delivered value
    Is the future separate systems or a fully integrated solution delivered over the web?
  • Future of MIS
    What ever future solutions we design:
    the needs of educationalists are paramount
    we cannot go back to data “mine shafts”
    we need to retain strong links to Office (or whatever the future brings) to improve ease of use
    the total cost of ownership must be as low as possible
    a rich interface is essential for power workers
  • Could you be a SIMS Partnership School?
    Over 50 SIMS Partnership schools:
    Measurable improvement in standards
    Improved assessment results
    Reduced absence and truancy
    Fewer behaviour issues
    Improvements in Ofsted grades
    School Management Efficiency
    Save time and generate cashable savings
    Time saved on first day contact
    Save time looking for documents
    Enhanced Parental Engagement
    Parents arriving for parent consultation informed by data online
    Parents on your side