Implementation models

There are a number of different approaches you might take to changing from one system to another. The main alternatives are:
  • 'Big Bang' approach;
  • parallel running;
  • phased implementation;
  • piloting.
The differences between these approaches are illustrated in the diagram below:

Adapted from the System Implementation infoKit, Jisc 2005.

There is no single 'best' approach. The right model for your institution will depend on your own organisational structure and capabilities and the type of courses you run.

Universities think pilots are expensive but they don't know how expensive it is to lose students. The business case is sometimes forgotten.

Anders Krohn, Co-founder and CEO, Aula education