MIS & Data Interoperability
I have been having an interesting debate with a fellow educationalist about what is important about data interoperability and the availability of tools to enable data to be easily accessable from an/any MIS.
There is no question that data availability inside and importantly outside the MIS is critical (My former employment taught me some lessons there). But how should that be accessed? Should this be through an open API? Through supplier tools? Through third party managed tools?
There are many interests to suppliers of third parties in particular, often the simplest solution from a schools perspective is not always the easiest, cheapest or best solution long term for software suppliers.
Indeed, does the concept of supplier built tools add an air of 'lock-in', does such a premise give the MIS supplier too much control, or allow them to manage the internal data processing and other overheads to an acceptable limit?
Any and all thought from all welcome.
(PS this is a general interest from a debate I am having, in no way is it related to my current work, so please do not assume this is advertising nor fishing)