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Journal Article

The Implementation of a New Student Management Information System (MIS) at an Irish Institute of Technology — An Ex Post Evaluation of its Success  pp31-44

Marian Carcary, Ger Long, Dan Remenyi

© Jan 2007 Volume 10 Issue 1, ECITE 2006 Special, Editor: Dan Remenyi, pp1 - 122

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Abstract

This paper is a case study examining the impact of the introduction of a large‑scale student ICT system into an Institute of Technology (IoT) in Ireland. The system in question addresses all functions related to the ongoing administration of student affaires. It was implemented as part of a national project driven by the Department of Education and Science and the Council of Directors of the IoTs to standardise the ICT systems of the IoT sector. However, system introduction was problematic and it was necessary to support the new system with a number of additional software tools. The case study considers how well the current ICT arrangements satisfy the IoT's requirements and it identifies remedial action for future success.

 

Keywords: ICT evaluation, ex post evaluation, ICT problems, ICT benefits, functional-operational match, ICT in third level education

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 10 Issue 1, ECITE 2006 Special / Jan 2007  pp1‑122

Editor: Dan Remenyi

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Editorial

Another edition of EJISE brings to the attention of the information systems community 10 more pieces of research into how information systems may be evaluated. The contributions in this issue are from 9 different countries and from a diverse range of universities and business schools.

When I first became actively interested in information systems’ evaluation in 1990 I had no idea of how wide and how deep an issue information systems evaluation was. I had thought that it was worth a few papers and maybe a book or two. Today my view is entirely different and I wonder if the community of information systems academics and practitioners will ever reach a point where by there will be a general agreement as to how to evaluate or assess information systems. My best guess would be that they probably will not.

However as it was put to me at the start of my university studies academics tend to have far more questions than answers and this may not necessarily be a ‘bad’ thing. If we continue to ask the right questions, even if we can’t find definitive answers we are effectively moving the frontier of knowledge forward. And that I suggest is, in the end, the most important objective of academe.

I hope that you will find a number of interesting topics among these 10 papers.

 

Keywords: IS integration, auditing, balanced score card, business process facilitation, case study, confidentiality, domain specific languages, e-Government project evaluation, enterprise information system, CEO framework, ex post evaluation, functional-operational match, ICT benefits, ICT evaluation, ICT project, information economics, Information System Architecture , IS outsourcing , IT evaluation, IT value assessment, knowledge management, meta-modelling tools, motivational factors, user satisfaction surveys, web content management, WLAN

 

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