Developing MIS for National Innovation Foundation: Choosing Process, Product and Vendor
National Innovation Foundation (NIF) was a partner organization of the Honey Bee Network (HBN), which was a networked organization of individuals, innovators, farmers, scholars, academicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The HBN worked to create a network of grassroot innovators and acknowledged him/her by protecting the IPR of the innovator. It is a Government organization, and hence works under bureaucratic setup. However, it works with non-government organizations as well as, individuals and therefore, should be very flexible. NIF desires to get a web-based information system developed. The challenge are multi-fold: selection the appropriate platform (ERP, Best-of-the-breed, or customized solution), technology (content management systems, frameworks versus coding), software development methodology (classic waterfall model or agile), process (on project basis or work and time based contract). The case helps to compare various alternatives on the above issues. This would achieve their objective. The project team had to take decisions on a number of crucial aspects like deciding which software development methodology and what approach to follow which would suit the unique requirements of the organization. NIF was a dynamic organization and their requirements kept changing. How to determine a pricing policy was another major concern for the project team.