The SAVIX Management Information System - User Guide (v2.01)
The SAVIX MIS 2.0 is a major new release. The old SAVIX MIS was built on an Undertree platform that had limited capacity and suffered from instability and slow performance, owing to far more projects on the system (over 4,000) than was ever envisaged. In 2017, it was decided to completely re-build the system from scratch on a new Microsoft platform that promised to offer much higher speed and greater capacity.
The new MIS offers the following improvements:
Much greater capacity. Although all web-based systems depend on reasonably capable internet, the new system is much less affected by having large numbers of projects on the database.
Much more stable and less prone to crashes and slow-down, especially since most reports are held ‘live’ rather than being pulled and assembled from the system whenever an enquiry is received.
Greatly improved network-level reporting, allowing the user automatically to identify to select clusters of projects by country, sub-region and region.
Improved on-screen report visibility and large-data print screens.
Rationalisation of user-created fields and Standard data fields under a single heading, User-defined fields, feeding into both MIS and Network reports
Multiple MIS Administrator, Project Administrator and Data Entry Officer credentials
Trainer name configuration allows titles to be customised to users’ institutions
The transition to this version of the MIS in April 2018 has been accompanied by a very busy Beta period in which bugs were identified and fixed and improvements were made to the layout. For the future we expect to invest in upgrades as these are requested and as funds become available.
The objective, at this time, has been to make the transition from an outdated system to a better, faster and more reliable system with greater capacity for development. While we now have a much more capable system, it remains essentially the same in its architecture as the SAVIX MIS 1.0, so it is easy to navigate and most people who come to it ‘cold’ (like me) are able to find their way around without much help. This manual is therefore designed as a reference work, but can also be used by users who are new to the system, whom it guides step by step through MIS setup, data entry and reporting.
We welcome feedback on the manual, especially when things are not clear, or are repetitive, or when important things are missing, so please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.