Changes between Version 29 and Version 30 of whatIsIBIS


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11/18/16 18:34:08 (6 years ago)
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Garth Braithwaite
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    1313''' IBIS-PH Pros (compared to other solutions): '''
    14 - '''Your site, your data, your way'''.  100% control over how your pages are laid out, how navigated, and can be extended with custom programming.  The data and software is on your server(s) - you control it and own it all (Adopters may choose to host their applications and/or data with a third party service provider and thus avoid their state IT environment.).
     14- '''Your site, your data, your way'''.  100% control over how your pages are laid out, how navigated, and can be extended with custom programming.  The data and software is on your server(s) - you control it and own it all (Adopters may choose to host all or part of their applications and data in the cloud e.g. with a third party service provider.  In some instances it is easier and cheaper than using their state IT environment.).
    1515- '''Integrated'''.  Same look and feel and features throughout the site.
    1616- '''Searchable'''.  Because the site uses standard URLs, it is easily crawled and indexed by basic search packages and by most web crawlers (Google). 
    1717- '''Securable web data/requests'''.  Any request within the site can be protected.  In addition some requests can have row level data security.
    1818- '''Low hardware cost'''.  IBIS-PH is fairly lightweight when considering the impact on server and networking resources.
    19 - '''Low software cost'''.  In some cases the entire software for the server(s) are 100% free.
     19- '''Low software cost'''.  In the case where no real time SAS dataset querying is desired and with open source server software the entire software for the server(s) are 100% free.
    2020- '''Low IT cost'''.  The IBIS-PH applications are data driven and fairly simple, so no special training or dedicated IT support is needed.
    2121- '''Open Source (commercial support is available)'''.  You can modify the code any way you want.  For adopters that do not have IT support or a large staff to help maintain datasets, commercial senior engineer support contracts are available as well as excellent community support.
    2222- '''Self Contained with High Availability'''.  With the exception of the optional SAS query interface, the public facing IBIS-PH view application is 100% self contained.  There are no dependencies on GIS map servers, database servers, data warehouses, business intelligence servers, or any other server or cloud based service.  The application are light weight and simple and have high availability. 
     23- Data is easily shared and/or consumed outside of the IBIS-PH applications via RESTful XML data requests.
    2324- '''Being a part of a passionate, growing health data dissemination community'''.
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    2930- '''Limited "What If" Processing'''.  IBIS-PH stores its data in XML (indicator data is in a RDBMS that gets published as XML).  IBIS-PH does not currently have any mechanism to do adhoc queries across the indicator profile data and the SAS datasets.  Version 3 will allow for data discovery but will be a closed set of search criteria.
    3031- '''Limited Visualizations'''.  IBIS-PH only provides certain charts and choropleth mapping visualizations.  It is possible to create new dashboards and advanced graphics but due to limited funding these are not yet developed.
    31 - '''Needs initial development and IT involvement'''.  IBIS-PH software can be installed on current Java web application servers.  However, every adopter will want/require their own look and feel.  To date no adopter has had an on staff web developer and has contracted with a company called Software Technology Group (STG) to help determine the requirements and to implement the adopters state web requirements.  Also, most adopters will want STG assistance in working with their state IT group to get their website setup.
     32- '''Needs initial development and IT involvement'''.  IBIS-PH software can be deployed to any standard Java web application server.  However, every adopter will want their own look and feel.  Current adopters are health data experts and not web developers (to date none have had an "on staff web developer") and thus has contracted with a company named Software Technology Group (STG) to help determine the requirements and to implement the adopters state web site requirements.  Also, most adopters will want STG assistance in working with their state IT group to get their website setup.
    3233- '''Steep Learning Curve'''.  IBIS-PH is a mature product that has been serving health data for over 15 years.  As such there are many options that are not implemented/mastered in a day.
    33 - '''Documentation'''.  IBIS-PH does have most parts of its code base and control files documented.  However, due to limited funding some of these are not 100% up to date.  Some adopters have produced documents and vidoes that are free and readily available upon request.  It should be noted that most home grown in house alternatives do not have any documentation.
     34- '''Documentation'''.  IBIS-PH does have its core code base and control files documented.  However, due to limited funding some of these are not 100% up to date.  Some adopters have produced documents and videos that are free and readily available upon request.  It should be noted that most home grown in house alternatives do not have any documentation.
    3435- '''Developers getting hit by a bus'''.  There are two senior software developers and one senior support engineer that know about the internal workings of the IBIS-PH software.  This is a common risk for any custom software project.  The learning curve is steep and while the technology stack is based on open, industry standards there are real world issues that make it difficult for a new developer to be quickly plugged in.
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