Skyward, a vendor of K-12 administrative software, has announced the upcoming release of their Web-based data warehouse application, billed as eliminating "any extract, transform, and load hassles."
The application is configured to accept data elements from the Skyward School Management System to reduce the implementation time and save money. It also offers flexibility for "summative and longitudinal analysis," evidently a big deal for decision making as it lets one "quantify the effectiveness of educational programs within the district," Skyward officials say, and we'll take their word for that one.
The module provides an customizable, interactive dashboard for everyone, "from the superintendent to the teacher."
So why design a native data warehouse instead of working with existing third-party ones available? "Customer needs," says Jon Oliver, Skyward Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations. "Our customer feedback for a data analysis toolkit always returned to the struggles with data mapping and ongoing costs, especially when capitalizing on ARRA funds."
The data warehouse application will be available this fall, and there's an early adopter discount through the end of 2009.
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Last month, TMCnethe availability of Skyport, a Web portal that is capable of enabling secure access to all Skyward applications through a centralized portal.
"The newly launched Skyport is designed to work as a dashboard view for all users within the district. Administrators, principals, teachers, support staff, parents and students can access Skyport from the district's calendar by using their own secure login and password. Once logged on, users can customize and arrange the dashboard to meet their specific needs," TMCnet reported at the time.
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Edited by Stefania Viscusi