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Table of Contents New Caney ISD Chooses Integrated ERP for District ManagementInform 4.2 Adds Academic Intervention PlanOracle PeopleTools Gains iPad CertificationIndiana District Revamps Data ManagementCase Study: Data Warehousing at Hillsborough County Public SchoolsMicrosoft Unveils Dynamics NAV 2009 R2Classrooms With Wi-FiHP, Microsoft Roll Out Turnkey Exchange and SQL AppliancesTexas Charter School […]

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New Caney ISD Chooses Integrated ERP for District Management

Texas-based New Caney Independent School District has announced board approval to replace its current finance, human resources, and student information system with a centralized enterprise resource planning system designed to link all of its district operations.

Inform 4.2 Adds Academic Intervention Plan

Pearson School Systems has released an update to Pearson Inform, a data analysis tool for K-12 schools. The new release, Inform 4.2, adds a new Academic Intervention Plan feature for planning individualize and group instruction.

Oracle PeopleTools Gains iPad Certification

Oracle has released a new version of its PeopleSoft development and customization platform, PeopleTools. Version 8.52 includes enhancements to the user interface and reporting tools, as well as iPad support for all versions of PeopleSoft.

Indiana District Revamps Data Management

Carmel Clay Schools of Carmel, IN, is moving to GlobalScholar’s Pinnacle Insight as its data management system in an ongoing effort to improve data-driven decision making in the district.

Case Study: Data Warehousing at Hillsborough County Public Schools

One of the country’s largest school districts has found great success in managing student records through a customized data warehousing, reporting, and analytics package. Teachers and administrators are extremely pleased with the tool, which helps them track the large and often transient student populations they serve in rapidly growing Hillsborough County, Florida.

Microsoft Unveils Dynamics NAV 2009 R2

Microsoft debuted the latest version of its Dynamics NAV 2009 at Directions EMEA 2010 in Prague, noting it will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Classrooms With Wi-Fi

Wi-fi technologies will soon permeate
classrooms in schools and colleges just as they have started to enter
business conference rooms.

HP, Microsoft Roll Out Turnkey Exchange and SQL Appliances

One year after announcing a $250 million, three-year pact to deliver next-generation data center technology, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft this week unveiled five appliances that offer Exchange and SQL Server in turnkey configurations.

Texas Charter School Network Upgrades to ERP System

With an expanding student body, Uplift Education, a charter school district in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX region has outgrown its current paper-based human resource and payroll system.


Higher education decision makers are faced
with a question that has serious organizational and monetary

Moodlerooms and Datatel Combine Open Source LMS with ERP

Moodlerooms and Datatel have teamed to integrate learning management functionality with enterprise resource planning (ERP). The integration combines Moodlerooms’ learning management “platform” with Datatel’s Colleague ERP system to give institutions a more complete view of their students.

24-District Utah Consortium Shifts to Commercial Fiscal Management Suite

A consortium of school districts in Utah will be adopting Alio, a set of financial and human resources applications from IT services firm Weidenhammer. The consortium, which consists of 24 school districts, formed to do a group purchase after the state announced it would no longer develop or support the free fiscal management software in use by those districts after Dec. 31, 2012.

Tips for Getting Your Technology Projects Funded

With the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Enhancing Education Through Technology Initiative (Ed Tech), the application and administration of federally funded programs has and continues to change.

Burlington SD Implements ERP To Integrate Management, Improve Communication

Vermont’s Burlington School District has adopted a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to manage district resources such as budget management, invoices, and payroll in an effort to integrate management information, regulate finances and procurement, and help improve communication.

VA District Overhauls Administrative Systems

Fairfax County, VA, has selected a package of solutions provided by SAP to streamline the administrative responsibilities of its county government and public school system.

OpenERP 7.0 Adds Google Docs Integration, Customer Portal

OpenERP has released version 7.0 of its open source enterprise resource planning system, OpenERP. The new version incorporates a range of new modules, collaborative messaging, and integration with Google Docs, among other new features.

Pentaho’s BI Platform Released Under GPL

Pentaho, a maker of open business intelligence (BI) software, is moving away from the Mozilla Public License for its BI product. The company announced this month that Version 2 alpha, as well as subsequent versions of its Pentaho BI platform, will be released under the GNU GPL Version 2 license.

IT Budgets, Spending Set for Rebound as CIOs Realign Priorities

Worldwide IT spending and IT department budgets across public and private sectors are set to make something of a comeback following 2009’s drastic declines. Further, all major segments in IT are expected to see positive growth in 2010, according to two separate reports released this week by market research firm Gartner Inc.

Alexandria District Tackles 3-Year ERP Project

Alexandria City Public Schools has gone public with a June 2011 decision to implement a new set of enterprise resource planning applications at the same time the city of Alexandria is doing the same.

California Districts Tap Oracle BI for Student Reporting

Two school districts in financially parched California are working with Oracle to develop and implement state-mandated data systems using business intelligence software for managing and analyzing individual student data.

The Litany

tire of hearing the same litany: “Teachers
must be facilitators of learning; students must be allowed to
progress at individual rates of learning; all students can learn;
technology can transform student learning; students should be
responsible for their own learning; students should be engaged in
active learning; no child will be left behind; etc.”

Kentucky DOE Taps BI Firm for NCLB Compliance

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has awarded a contract to Claraview Inc., a business intelligence consultancy based in Reston, VA. According to the terms of the deal, Claraview will supply BI services to help improve student learning and help KDE in its efforts to comply with NCLB.

Texas District Shifts to ERP To Control Administrative Costs

In an effort to decrease administrative costs, North East Independent School District (NEISD) of San Antonio, TX is making a move to enterprise resource planning (ERP). The already cost-conscious district cited a need to realize savings through improved operational efficiency while upgrading IT system functionality at the same time.

What’s in It for Us

Numbers crunching isn’t what it used to be. What might once have been the task of a minimalist keypunch is now an elaborate operation presided over by dedicated business intelligence (BI) systems. No one knows this better than the enterprise. Companies of all sizes must translate their mountains of raw data into meaningful insights and actionable information. The ability to do so has evolved from a competitive differentiator into a mission-critical function.

Nebraska ESUCC Adopts Procurement Tools for 250 Districts

The Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council will implement a new procurement tool for its K-12 Cooperative Purchasing Program in an effort to improve management and generate savings across 17 educational service units within the state.

IBM To Nab BI Tech Firm Cognos

IBM said this week it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cognos, a firm that provides business intelligence technologies to K-12 and higher education and other sectors. The deal is still dependent on shareholder and regulatory approval and other conditions but is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and is valued at about $5 billion.

DeSoto ISD Upgrades to Integrated District Management ERP System

The DeSoto Independent School District in north Texas has announced board approval to upgrade its current management technology to a centralized enterprise resource planning and  student information system that integrates administrative and student data district-wide.

Sharing the Cloud in Illinois

Rather than making do with cloud-computing solutions that weren’t created for the education environment, the state of Illinois has developed its own cooperative, education-driven cloud.

Texas Fine Arts Charter School Enterprise Resource Planning

To cut costs, save time, and streamline operations The Rhodes School, a Houston, TX fine arts magnet charter school, will implement an integrated, cloud-based enterprise resource planning system to manage its business and student operations.

Making BYOT Work

Tim Clark, the coordinator of instructional technology for Forsyth County Schools (GA), is our Innovator of the month. Here, he explains how his district makes BYOT work for students, teachers, and the community.

How to Botch a Tech Rollout

A report on LAUSD’s launch of a new student information system offers essential lessons in what not to do.

Prologic Debuts Mobile Access for Teams ERP

Prologic Technology Systems has launched mobility tools for its Teams enterprise resource planning platform to provide administrators and teachers access to real-time student and teacher data via mobile devices.

Alvin ISD Adopts Cloud-Based ERP

Alvin Independent School District in Texas has implemented a new enterprise resource planning system in an effort to streamline administrative processes.

Frederick County PS Adopts New ERP, SIS

Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia has selected a new enterprise resource planning system and new student information system in an effort to update and streamline its administrative processes.

Modo Labs Introduces New Messaging Platform

Mobile engagement company Modo Labs has released Modo Communicate, an extension to its mobile platform that can simultaneously deliver push notifications, in-app banner messages, text messages and e-mail from a central administration system.

Skyward Launches Education Management System

Skyward, a company that offers a student information system and enterprise resource planning platform for schools, has launched Qmlativ, a combined SIS and ERP that the company has described as an education management system.

Donor Management Application Adds Point-to-Point Encryption

iModule Software has integrated point-to-point encryption technology into its products to ensure data security for all transactions. The integration will have the biggest impact on education users, which will be able to bolster security for their various financial transactions.

Frontline Ed Acquires Prologic

Frontline Education, with HR solutions for K-12 education, has acquired Prologic Technology Systems, which produces Total Education Administrative Management Solution (TEAMS).

Toolkit Tackles Pre-K and Kindergarten Chronic Absenteeism

New Jersey defines chronic absenteeism as missing 18 days or more each school year. And it’s especially high for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children compared to other grade levels, according to the state’s Department of Education. Among kindergartners, for example, chronic absenteeism hit 11.4 percent during the 2015-2016 school year.

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