The aim of this section is to enable you to make the right choices for selecting and implementing
the technologies needed for creating an MLE at your institution.
It covers three areas:
Determining whether to use expertise that you already have available, or buy in expertise from
specialist organisations in building systems;
Determining the technical architectures needed; and
Selecting the most appropriate systems to meet your needs.
The section will look at the key issues which need to be addressed in selecting architectures and
components for the MLE to ensure that they will fit into the growing MLE and continue to meet the
institution's needs in an environment where the MLE is changing, the technology is changing and
the institution's needs are changing.
In this section we will first look at who needs to be involved in making these decisions, then at who
needs to be involved in the various decision making processes, and the outcomes that will be
achieved from the technology choices. Finally there is a brief discussion of the approach taken
The other parts of this look first at two fundamental questions that need to be addressed at the
start of the technology choice process listed above before looking at appropriate methods for
selecting the right technologies and systems.
On completion you should have an understanding of the choices that need to be made, and the
issues which need to be considered in making them.