Just a few days into the process of moving from one ILS to another I discover that another library in California is a bit further along the same way that I am now on. Great to know I’m not alone.
One question that came up on the Koha migration blog yesterday was one we also had to consider when we decided to move to Koha. Should we host the ILS at our vendor, or should we keep the system in-house?
We had one of our IT-persons with us during the discussion of this issue, and fortunately, I’m happy to say, our IT-person was completely open to the idea that our vendor could access and trouble-shoot on the in-house server. The deciding factor from our point of view was that the price for hosting and in-house was the same, and lightening the load for our IT-people is a high priority for me. So we go for the hosted solution, but always with the option to move to one of our servers if we want. This is the preferable solution for our vendor as it simplifies upgrading and control of multiple installations.
It will be interesting to see which type of libraries migrate to Koha here in Norway. My prediction is that secondary education libraries and small academic and special libraries will lead the way. Most of these libraries will probably prefer a hosted solution if the price is right:-)