Without access to the software my comments aren't worth much, but here goes, in no particular order:
- I hope usage statistics are maintained so managers can get a feel of who finds this application useful, when, and how often. My own guess is that it's not too useful, that's why in 1992 I resisted the idea of slapping together a similar application under Infoshare. I think I realize now that was a poor decision.
- there's mention of the FSA-156EZ (that brings back memories)--I'd hope that they're moving towards covering all the data on the farm operating plan at some point
- the fact that the same data exists in different places, which is how I interpret the statement that SCIMS is not the system of record, says to me there's been deficiencies in management over the years. A part of me wonders, though, whether my concern with storing data only once is a carryover from the old days of IT, and it isn't really that much of a problem with modern systems which replicate and synchronize data in different databases.
- this portal seems to have been developed as a separate stand-alone app, simply added to the Online Services page. Again I'm stuck in the past, but it would seem better to have an integrated approach with some logic behind it.