Cloud Computing and Management Information Systems- what do members think?
There are quite a few comments on Cloud Computing dotted about these forums but I was wondering what the current thinking from technical staff is on Management Information Systems that are hosted off site.
We will soon see Progresso from Serco as the latest example of a Cloud MIS, so I expect that they will have worked on solutions to many of the obvious constraints like security, service availability and data transmission speeds.
The key plus points seem to be ease of maintenance and availability from anywhere there is a browser. So far, in our work we have taken the view that a school-installed system is more secure, if it is written well it should be low maintenance, and if folk wish to use it from home they can use VPN - and get access to all their other stuff on their PC at the same time. Also, if it is school-based it might be easier to transfer the data to and from other data tools.
What is the current thinking about these issues? Is there an urgency for applications to move to The Cloud? By that I mean, will schools soon be moving to choosing solely Cloud based solutions to data management rather than school-installed applications?