Monthly Archives: January 2014

What is Software as a service (SaaS)

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Software as a service (SaaS) is a method of providing a ERP software from a hosted environment.  SaaS is also know as Hosted software or On-Demand software.  This system allows the user to rent the package for a selected period of time, unlike the traditional ERP the users don’t want to purchase the package and license.  SaaS model users will make software subscription instead software acquisition.

SaaS model reduces the investment on the infrastructure and its regular maintenance since it is not hosted on-premises, the internet delivers the user requirements to their system.  The model has made the users to move from fat client to thin client.  Selective modules can be chosen by the user, which offers lower cost.  SaaS limits the implementation time and risk involved.

SaaS model software’s are ready to use, any user can start accessing the system from the day one of their subscription.  SaaS model made most of the mid-size companies to move from their regular traditional ERP’s, since they feel this model is very light and can be accessed from any where any time.  The development in cloud computing played a great role in improvement of SaaS.  The cloud based ERP and SaaS implementation has increased the interest globally, since this ease the purchase and implementation process it is expected the software cloud market will reach up to $50 billion by 2014.  The current growth rate in Cloud based software is about 25% when compared to 2013 and expected to more in the future.

The Forrester researchers found that, by 2014 about 34% of all new business software purchases will be consumed via SaaS, and the delivery constitute about 14.5% of worldwide software spending across all primary markets.  Cloud-based ERP currently comprises around 2% of the market, but is set to grow by about 21% annually through 2015.

Why Educational Institutes need an ERP System

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The biggest question is why does an institute require an ERP system and why should they spend money in a software.  Still most of the institutes feels they are not corporate which do require software to manage their resources effectively.  The corporates / companies are huge or Multinational and have large number of resources and processes to manage, to maintain and monitor their process the companies / corporates will use ERP system which connects and collects all their data to a single location.  This system gives them real time details and helps the management to decide how to go forward.

So the question still remains unanswered why do we require a ERP for the school. The answer to this question is very simple – Like any company / corporate an educational institute is also a organization which has lot of resources and different stack holders– namely students, teachers, parents, administrative staffs, clerks, school premises and trustees.  Like  any company the institutes also have their own man powers in different departments, need to maintain their academics, non-academics, campus, fleets, hostel, equipments, stores and finance.

 An ERP provides that platform which facilitates in effective management of an institution.  For an effective and proper management of an institution should always prefer to use an ERP system which will help them decide their direction to success with the a perfect real time data.  This kind of system can assists the management for better planning and utilization of their resources.

The centralized management of an institute is very important as it removes the redundant tasks that are carried at the institution. The central data storage leads to easy access of data at all departments which removes the redundant administrative tasks of generating the data when ever required as the data is ready for use instead of building  the data every time it is required.

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Regular Online Test – Boost student performance and reduce achievement gaps

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Regular online exams or quizzes on daily basis can improve the academic performance of the student, it reduces the achievement gap between higher, average and lower level students in academic performance.  

Since almost all the students in most of the schools or colleges are provided with a desktop computer or laptop which can be used for their daily assessments.  Using a daily online quizzes or exams provide immediate and personalized feedback from the students. 

Routine online test results helps to analyze and identify the strength and weakness of each student.  This method improves the  attention of the students towards their lectures they participate.  Making this system routine may improve the academic performances by 50%. 

A study was conducted by a team from Dept of Psychology in University of Texas, as the result of their study they suggest that frequent consequential quizzing should be used routinely in large lecture courses to improve performance in class and in other concurrent and subsequent courses.