Web-Based Applications: The Hows & WhysWHY:
Brief BC History*
Inquiry Information Request Form
HTML Format Preliminary Application
PDF Format Preliminary Application
Campus Map (basic)
Applet (Non-Java) Campus Map
*These links are in the process of being updated & some
images may not be available for viewing
Reflection of: Mission, Volume, Service, Deadlines
Meeting of the Minds: Resource Development, Allocation & Management
(Human, Technical, Financial, Time)
Functional Process Tool vs Market Tool
In-House Development vs Vendor
If you do not do it, it might not get done.
Non-technical builders build non-technical sites.
Customers (students) build for customers.
Don't build for technology, build for purpose.
Truth. Your site must not misrepresent your institution.
Your site represents the level of technology available at your institution
Hmmmm. Maybe now's the time for assistance & support.
Opportunity, Cost, Control, Collaboration, Challenge, Ownership, Growth, Reward
Skill Level, Support (Human, Technical, Financial, Time) & Resource Access
Acceptable/Affordable cost ratio via terms of written contract
Resource limitations (human, technical, time)
Professional image & proven technical ability & perspective
Technical support & resources (service, access)
Professional Image, Technical Skill, Network Access, Customer Service
Continuing Cost, Contract Negotiation & Renewal, Staff Skill
How To Considerations:
Process Map: Technology, Access, Growth
How will this technology integrate with current operations
How Is Current Print Media Produced: Evaluate Cost & Process
Who is doing what & how (higher, peer, lower) compare
Evaluate Hardware, Software, Volume Capability, Access Speed,
Cost, Trade-Off's, Project Potential Growth
Set Stretch Targets
Focus Groups (Develop a "Thick Skin") gather feedback
Communication & Collaboration:
Expectations: Who does What, When (Staff, Vendor & Customer)
Effective Relationships & Communication
Internal & External = 4 dimensional
Training: Information & Procedure - Internal & External
Do you have a plan & goal?
Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?
Does your application follow logical progression?
Can your technology & staff withstand expected pressure & growth?
Is your customer base ready, AND is your staff ready?
KNOW your vendors -- research & investigate.
Anticipate issues involved with coordinating release & going live.
Avoid stagnation & "Keeping up with the Jones" syndrome.
Train & listen to your staff & customers -- test usability.
Evaluate content, value, costs & effectiveness -- redesign if needed.