You make many valuable points. Our administration is pretty insistent on being able to scan "bubble" sheets. I would personally vote to do it all web based. It would simplify things tremendously and cut costs. So far Scantron seems to be the only game that does both. On the technical side, I am very unexcited about the products they have chosen on the back end for implementation.
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Here's my 5¢. Do the web, it cuts any middling/handling of the data
which would be clumsy, difficult and unnecessary. If you own Filemaker
you have all the tools you need for the web solution. I share your
opinion of Access, but don't over estimate your needs or underestimate
Filemaker, version 7 will fill any possible need you have but 6 and
even 5 can handle hundreds of thousands of records and if your database
is engineered properly are not hard to manage. Web Companion may be a
little weak (I bet it would easily handle your forms) but there are php
and dedicated (Lasso) hooks to apache that can do this easily. I have
been putting in enterprise level workflow management and BPM solutions
for large corporations based on Open Source solutions and most
commercial database products (Oracle, SQL Server et al) and I can
assure you that unless you have a full time programmer to exploit those
"flexibilities" you perceive, enterprise level software is just a
lumberyard, you supply the blueprints, tools and manpower. And once its
built you don't want to retrofit. Filemaker is simpler, much more
malleable, forgiving, editable and complete, build it right, give it
enough horsepower and you'll be a lot happier at the end of the day.
On Nov 30, 2004, at 2:27 PM, Dave Tisdell wrote:
>Our school is interested in collecting data in 2 ways:
>1) On paper fill in the "bubbles" next to the question. The sheets
>would then get processed through a scanner which would tabulate results
>in a database for further analysis.
>2) Via a web interface - click on the radio buttons and submit the form
>to the database for further analysis
>Scantron has been recommended: www.scantron.com
>Are they the only game in town? We are a multiplatform school. The web
>collection method seems pretty straight forward but the creation tools
>are Windows only.
>It also sends the data to an Access database. I am not sure that is the
>best way to go. As we are being asked to collect more and more data and
>send much of it off to government agencies, I think we are quickly
>outgrowing tools like Access and Filemaker and should be using
>enterprise class databases for greater flexibility and
>I don't want to be part of implementing an expensive product only to
>we have outgrown it in a short period of time.
>I would rather see something that is multiplatform and very flexible
>that will serve us for a long time to come. Are there other products
>that do this or is Scantron the best or only game in town? Thanks
>David Tisdell. Computer Coordinator
>Mt. Mansfield Union High School
>211 Browns Trace
>Jericho, VT 05465
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