So you heard about a software you want for your classroom or school, great! What next? If you’re like I was, you have no idea what to ask or expect. One of the most important aspects of school software is the installation. Will they take responsibility to upload your students into the database? If not, are there instructions? Will it accept a csv file from Aeries, or EADMS or your attendance software? It doesn’t matter how modern and cool the program looks, if you can’t get it up and running you’re dead in the water. Software can sit for years unattended because this question wasn’t asked.
In my experience, web-based programs are the way to go in 2014. This is because you don’t have to install anything. They usually allow for a csv import of your students and teachers and the company is responsible to make sure the software is up and running 24/7. Stand alone software that must be installed per each computer has some advantages in that you own the software as property and it can never go down or be changed. On the other hand, there is a larger time investment to install and troubleshoot on your own if problems arise. Web-based used to be a bad choice because internet speeds were slow. Now in 2014 it is lightning fast so I feel web-based has way more pros than cons.