Alan_Brown wrote:It is by no means certain that MLS integration will be added later -- the people who have made statements to that effect are not on the MLS team and thus cannot make the decision to integrate with MLS, even if they enable such integration by providing appropriate services. However, I can certainly understand that there could be good reasons for delaying the integration for now. One big reason would be that the difficulty involved in coordinating the MLS changes with the HT/VT changes would create a significant delay in the HT/VT project.
I agree with you. It might be added later or it might not, is what I meant. If we concentrate on creating a quality application and the uptake is big then the business case for adding integration will also increase.
"Build it and they will come"
Alan_Brown wrote:As long as the HT/VT capabilities of MLS are not neglected (and certainly not removed) prematurely, stakes will be able to decide if they want to use the new HT/VT app or not. Such a decision would be much easier if MLS integration were eventually provided. Until that point, a stake would have to weigh the loss of MLS HT/VT information against the benefits of the new HT/VT system (or the cost and risk of double entering HT/VT data -- which I'm guessing would be deemed to be prohibitive in most cases).
I agree here too. I dont think it would be a good idea to remove the HT/VT capabilities of MLS but adding any new functionality to this I would imagine to be very low priority.
It should certainly be possible for units to choose which one they want to use and weigh up benefits and challenges associated with both. One situation is that some units dont have their own building and therefore cannot (as they dont own the phone line) sign up for broadband internet (to use the new web application) but they do have dial-up access (permission to use the phone line) so can get MLS updated.
Those units might decide to keep MLS HT/VT if they do most of their data entry while at church or they might use thew new HT/VT app if they want to do it at home. The decision would entirely depend on their situation and who has/has not got internet access.
If we are to have two HT/VT systems running and sync of data willl be major task (we trust those closer to the system once we have made our point) then we will have to live with double entry (at least to start with) but something that should help not having the two out of sync would be if the new system could have a way to check for people moving in and out (check new HT/VT individuals against MLS membership records). Russell said something similar.