Server time set vs Users time set on their computers

Hi all,

In Rwanda we are experiencing the issue related to the Server time dominated by User time on their computers, In Data entry the system displays the period with respect to the time set on the users computers eg: if User A time is set as 20 june 2001, the system will only display up to jun 2001 as Period During Data entry , and it needs us to always inform the users to update their time and its risky, In this case we may find computers that have battery problems and each time it shutdown you will need to reset your Time in order to get the real period to enter data.

We would suggest the system to display the Period with respect to the server time set and ignores users time set in this case the users Period will be uniform and flexible.

Thanks

···

Muhire Andrew

HMIS/Ministry of Health

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do..

Hi Andrew,

thanks for your comment, it is a valid concern and something we have
been considering. A problem with using the server time relates to the
offline data entry functionality - if the user is offline for a long
time (e.g. spanning a month change) then there is no way for us to
update the period drop-down.

Most computers have automatic update of system time these days but I
know that this problem might happen with older os versions. Let me
think about it.

regards,

Lars

···

On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM, Muhire Andrew <muhireandrew@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi all,

In Rwanda we are experiencing the issue related to the Server time dominated
by User time on their computers, In Data entry the system displays the
period with respect to the time set on the users computers eg: if User A
time is set as 20 june 2001, the system will only display up to jun 2001 as
Period During Data entry , and it needs us to always inform the users to
update their time and its risky, In this case we may find computers that
have battery problems and each time it shutdown you will need to reset your
Time in order to get the real period to enter data.

We would suggest the system to display the Period with respect to the server
time set and ignores users time set in this case the users Period will be
uniform and flexible.

Thanks

________________________________

Muhire Andrew
HMIS/Ministry of Health
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do..

Hi Lars,

We are considering rolling out DHIS2 in Algeria, and I am certain this issue
will most probably come up again. I think it would be helpful to have
server-side time stamping despite the downside that might be associated with
it.

Thanks for taking this up.

Simon.

Simon Ndira, PhD
Health Information Systems
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation
Mobile: +213 554 745 448 (currently in Algeria)
Skype: sndira

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.”
—Goethe

[mailto:dhis2-devs-bounces+simon.ndira=ehmis.org@lists.launchpad.net] On
Behalf Of Lars Helge Øverland

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Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 2:19 PM
To: Muhire Andrew
Cc: dhis2-users@lists.launchpad.net; DHIS 2 developers
Subject: Re: [Dhis2-devs] Server time set vs Users time set on their
computers

Hi Andrew,

thanks for your comment, it is a valid concern and something we have
been considering. A problem with using the server time relates to the
offline data entry functionality - if the user is offline for a long
time (e.g. spanning a month change) then there is no way for us to
update the period drop-down.

Most computers have automatic update of system time these days but I
know that this problem might happen with older os versions. Let me
think about it.

regards,

Lars

On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM, Muhire Andrew <muhireandrew@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi all,

In Rwanda we are experiencing the issue related to the Server time

dominated

by User time on their computers, In Data entry the system displays the
period with respect to the time set on the users computers eg: if User A
time is set as 20 june 2001, the system will only display up to jun 2001

as

Period During Data entry , and it needs us to always inform the users to
update their time and its risky, In this case we may find computers that
have battery problems and each time it shutdown you will need to reset

your

Time in order to get the real period to enter data.

We would suggest the system to display the Period with respect to the

server

time set and ignores users time set in this case the users Period will be
uniform and flexible.

Thanks

________________________________

Muhire Andrew
HMIS/Ministry of Health
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do..

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