By: Zongezile Matshoba
Albany Museum is looking forward at its newly developed web-based system to be rolled out at the begining of its financial year in April 2013. The electronic based reporting tool is aimed to replace the manual word based one. The system has been developed by Rhodes University Information System Honours students, known as Core Tech Solutions, led by Matt Bouffe, their Project Manager.
The project, initiated by Bongani Mgijima earlier in the year when he had discussions with Ed De La Rey, started in earnest around April. Several meetings then followed. The Museum presented the team with its business plan and annual report. Then there were other meetings, changes here and there, disagreements, unanswered questions, reluctance, sometime stubbornness, eagerness. The approach was business like, with Albany Museum maintaining its stance as client that "it is always right". The outcome of those daunting months is magic.
At the end, Albany Museum staff members were invited to three User Testing session. These were opportunities to critic the system, to point unfriendliness, and to highight errors and glitches.
Albany Museum believes that this was a bold step in the right direction. The Museum still asserts that this is the first project of its kind for the whole of Eastern Cape Museums, if not South Africa.