An LDS is a business solution, a way to meet information needs. IT staff can build an LDS, but the system they develop may not meet user needs. Education experts and other data users must work closely with IT throughout the design and development process to ensure the system will effectively serve their requirements. Developers must consider how users do their jobs and what functionalities will make this work easier and more efficient. They should also think about how end users will access and use the data and how the new system can help them maximize the information's utility.
|"We'll just buy an LDS and be done with it."|