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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