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  • #6345
    Eamonn
    Keymaster

    Some teachers at Wells are not happy with the functionality that is provided by PowerSchool and have asked tmanagement to implement a new system with this additional functionality or at the very least request changed to the existing system for their bespoke needs

    Create detailed responses to following questions/prompts

    Make management aware:
    1 Of what would be involved and any possible risks in migrating to a new software system
    2 Would you recommend developing a bespoke system explain the reason for your advice given
    3 Discuss merits of implementing an off the shelf system VS cloud based solution.  

    Lastly
    The existing power school is hosted in house, discuss the advantages of moving to cloud hosting and any negatives.

    #6366
    girwan
    Participant

    1) Migrating to a new system increases the risk of data being lost. Also not all users may be happy with the new software system. There is also a chance that the new software system contains less features as opposed to the older one. There may also be compatibility issues with the new system
    2) No I would not recommend a bespoke system because: bespoke systems are more costly and also bespoke software takes a longer time period to produce and implement.
    3) Off the shelf software can be more safe for data storage especially if data is stored on physical drives. Along with physical safety there is also better privacy as data may be leaked if the security of the cloud storage server is compromised.
    4) Cloud hosting makes backup of data easier and data cannot be lost due to physical damage. Cloud hosting also allows for greater scalability without needing to add or remove hardware based on the number of users.

    #6398
    Shiva Chandnani
    Participant

    1. The possible risks of migrating to a new software system firstly include data loss. when moving the information on PowerSchool to the new bespoke system there can be errors which may lead to certain data getting lost. Another risk is whether the project is the project being cost-uneffective. Creating a bespoke system can be quite costly and the business would have to calculate if the system change is cost-effective or not. Another risk includes the end user not being compatible with the new system since change can be complicating. Also if not all stakeholders are considered when creating the new system, it can cause end-user dissatisfaction.

    2. I would recommend creating a bespoke system for the school firstly because of the increased security. When using Powerschool, the school data can be accessed by a third-party company which risks the security of our information. A bespoke would allow information to be more secure since the system would not be correlated with a third-party company. secondly, in the long-term, a bespoke software would allow the business to save on subscription costs as Wells most probably pays Powerschool to use their service. In the short term, creating the new software can be quite costly, but the business would be saving on subscription costs.

    3. An off-the-shelf system may be better for security reasons since the data can be stored in in-house locations. An advantage of using a could based solution is that they are more scalable and they help save costs on in-house server maintenance such as hiring specific employees.

    4. An advantage of moving toward a cloud hosting system is that there is less risk of data loss from physical damage to in-house locations such as a fire, etc. Also, A cloud system makes it easier to share files among users.

    #6399
    Irfan
    Participant

    1. The users and developers of the software system. The users being employees of the school or teachers to be exact. And the developers being the individuals who have developed and maintain the powerschool software system. Risks being data loss and/or data corruption.
    2. No. Because developing and maintaing bespoke software is expensive. Compared to just getting a software off the shelf.
    3. A off the self would be easy to access data and be reliably certain the data is safe from unauthorized access. A cloud based solution means lesser cost of infrastructure to store the data. And it is safe from the disasters that could happen at the schools location.

    advantages: -easy data access
    -higher degree of trust knowing the data is in your hands

    disadvantages: -if the school loses internet connection it has no way of accesing the data in the other location i=untill it regains internet access
    -it cannot be trusted to protect the data securely from unatorized access.

    #6400
    Irfan
    Participant

    1. The hardware that will run the system, individuals that will use ther system and developers of the software system. They will be involved in the new software system. The hardware as in what hardware the business can afford, the user as in the users of the system or to be exact the employees because they want it to work, and the developers of the system are the ones who made the system because they want to meet the desired requirements of the end user. The risks are data loss. Because the data being transferred from the old system to the new can be damaged either the data is missing some parts or some parts become undreadable. Money loss is also a risk because the new system can be inefficient to the last one or the new one had some qualities that made data transfer from the old system suffer data loss or corruption.
    2. No, because developing and maintaing bespoke software is expensive. It is far more feaseable that they use a different system that offers more functionality. It is being suppoerted by a business with many customers so its cheaper and its already made making it cheaper. So its mroe feasable.
    3. If the software is on the device. Then acess is easier and doesn’t require a internet connection. Also the data can be trusted as in a safe place. Because it is onsite so it is under the organizations control. However if the system is clod based it means data is in a location that makes it safe from the school location’s disasters and/or problems. And it also means a decrease in cost because infrastructure for containing the software system data can be decreased. Onsite has the cons of cost and vulnerable to onsite disaster. Cloud has the cons of vulnerable to data breaches and loss of access due to loss of internet acess.

    advantages: -decrease in infrastructure costs
    -safe from school location disasters

    negatives: -data breaches possible
    -a loss of internet connection means the data cannot be accessed until the internet comes back online

    #6451
    joshua7
    Participant

    1) Migrating to a new system means that there is a high chance of losing data due to compatibility issues, human error, system errors and many different factors. Another risk is compatibility issues with the new system as the existing computers teachers use may not be compatible with the new software. Another risk is the potential of users not satisfied with the new software systems if they are not involved during the development phase. It may also cost more as a new system must be made rather than small pivots which could be more time consuming as well.
    2) I would not recommend a bespoke system because they are more expensive and it also takes a longer time to be produced and implement.
    3) Off the shelf software would be more safe in terms of storing data as it would be stored on physical drives, which means it can be stored in house and managed. Cloud storage would cost less in terms of infrastructure needed and would be more scalable at a lower cost. It would also be more well protected if there is a disaster/issues that could damage physicals drives as data would be stored in a cloud.
    4) Cloud hosting has less risk of data loss from physical damage to in-house locations as backing up data would be easy as well. Also, it is easier to scale as it would not require adjustments to physical drives which also may make sharing files among users easier.

    #6478
    Eamonn
    Keymaster

    Everyone… good responses, you have all applied your knowledge and touched on the key points. Shiva makes a good argument on going bespoke, all valid points.

    #6483
    Sang
    Participant

    1. While migrating to a new software system, there would be problems like data loss. When they change a software system they will have to move a huge amount of data from one to another and while doing that operation some files might be able to backup but some important files might not be able to backup.
    2. I would recommend developing a bespoke system because even though it cost more, the security level increases which makes the hackers to have a hard time breaking in.
    3. Off the shelf system might be better in security, while, cloud-based solution costs less
    4. Moving to cloud hosting increases security and there will be less risk of data loss.

    #6571
    ArinN_
    Participant

    1 Of what would be involved and any possible risks in migrating to a new software system
    – When migrating into a new system, data loss or data corruption could occur due to reasons like human errors and/or system errors.

    2 Would you recommend developing a bespoke system explain the reason for your advice given
    – Not really. If it isn’t a must I don’t think developing a bespoke system would be necessary as it would cost more than off-the-shelf software you could find online which for example, you wouldn’t try to develop a new search engine if google exists already unless you really wanted more privacy but for most people or even companies, google is good enough.

    3 Discuss merits of implementing an off the shelf system VS cloud based solution.
    – Off-the-shelf software would be safer in terms of storing data as it would be stored on physical drives locally while Cloud storage would cost less in terms of space needed and it would be more scalable at a lower cost. It would also be more well protected if there is a disaster/issues that could damage physicals drives as data would be stored in a cloud.

    4. The existing power school is hosted in house, discuss the advantages of moving to cloud hosting and any negatives.
    – An advantage of moving toward a cloud hosting system is that there would be less risk of data loss from physical damage to in-house locations such as a fire, water, etc. Also, A cloud system makes it easier to share files among users.

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