IPAS Implementation Issues: Data and Systems Integration


Enthusiasm for IPAS solutions may be hindered both by technical and institutional barriers. The Data and Systems Integration Report uses qualitative data from four institutions that have recently implemented IPAS solutions to explore the complexities of deploying IPAS systems and integrating IPAS solutions into institutional practices.

Key Findings

  • Using a single set of credentials for IPAS authentication makes the tools more accessible and increases the likelihood of end-user buy-in.
  • Considerable effort is required to prepare existing data and to generate new data with which to populate IPAS systems.
  • The costs of real-time and two-way data exchange solutions exceed their perceived benefits at this time.
  • Institutions tend to have IT staff with the technical skills necessary to handle a systems and data integration project.
  • Creating diverse IPAS implementation teams that include representatives from key functional units or stakeholder groups increases the effectiveness of the implementation and garners broader campus support for the project.
  • In addition to hard IT skills (programming, database management), highly developed soft and cognitive skills (communication, creativity, analysis) are necessary to carry out a successful IPAS implementation project.


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