SIIA Issues Software Checklist for Educators

11.13.2006—Last week the Software & Information Industry Association issued a new checklist for educators implementing software. The purpose of the checklist, according to the SIIA, is "to provide guidance to educational institutions that need to plan for and carry out the large-scale implementation of purchased software applications."

The release by the SIIA includes a brief, 10-point list of "essentials" for software implementation, from planning and and involving users in the process to monitoring and evaluation.

"Years of experience have shown that effective implementation practices can be the determining factor in obtaining successful results from software applications, both instructional and administrative," said Karen Billings, vice president of SIIA's Education Division, in a prepared statement. "The actions an institution takes prior to the delivery of the software, and during its initial use, can help ensure this success."

The release also details a number of the points to provide context for the consideration of each point for both instructional and administrative software implementation. And it includes an eight-point checklist for the implementation process, including a printable version of the checklist. See the followiung links for more information.

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