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One decision a systems analyst makes is how the organization will build the system. You have three basic options available:

One decision a systems analyst makes is how the organization will build the system. You have three basic options available: build a custom system in-house, purchase an existing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) package and customize it, or outsource the project to a vendor. Each option has benefits and drawbacks that vary depending on the situation. This important decision directly affects the system design.

For this Discussion, consider again the WestEast College case and the models you created in the previous unit. How can you select the best approach for the organization? What criteria are the most important? Given what you know about WestEast, which approach do you recommend? Explain and support your choices.


WestEast College Case

WestEast College hires you as a systems analyst to design its new admission/registration system.

WestEast College is one of the top ranked schools in the United States. It is a small private college with nearly 3,000 students, 100 faculty, and 50 supporting staff (including 10 full-time and four part-time IT staff who are responsible for supporting all academic and operational IT needs).

The college accepts new and transfer students from other colleges and countries. The college only accepts online applications.

Once prospective students have completed and submitted their application and the college receives it, they submit additional documentation such as transcripts, recommendation letters, a personal essay, residency information, proof of language proficiency, and financial aid documents.

Once students are accepted, they take a placement test for math and English. If students pass the required tests, they are assigned general education classes (such as math, English, and social studies). If they do not pass a subject, they are assigned intensive classes in the failing subject.

Students progress through four years of classes and must maintain a 2.00 GPA or they are placed on probation for 2 quarters. If they drop below 2.00, students are dismissed. They must score at least a C to move to the next class or they must repeat the class (a D is not an acceptable grade).

Students must finish their degrees in no more than 5 years and cannot switch majors more than twice.

Students eligible for graduation must pass an assessment test in their major before they may graduate.

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