EduAdmin Newsletter: Independent
What is Software Integration?
Integration exists where programs or modules seamlessly use the same database
in its native form without human intervention. It assumes that the internal
intelligence of the database is fully understood by the programs. Integration is
not exporting data in some or other format (e.g. CSV) and then importing it into
Why Integrate Software?
According to respected critics (South African IT journalist Duncan McLeod)
and experienced suppliers (Peter Thomas of Oracle New Zealand and Jacqui Scorgie
of ACCPAC), informed consumers are moving away from spending enormous amounts of
time and money tailoring the integration of products not meant to work together.
The experts in these matters all cite perfect fit, speed of implementation and
affordability as significant factors that naturally leads successful
organizations toward complete integration.
Any attempt to get disparate programs to talk to each other is fraught with
unjustifiable costs, inherent complexity and changing uniformity of the backends
used. IT departments spend far too much of their limited budgets on time made
necessary by the arcane and esoteric demands of legacy, piece-work solutions.
Not only is integration of disparate programs cumbersome and costly but
potentially a booby trap awaiting the unwary. In particular, it exponentially
increases the possibility of serious compromises on data integrity that in turn
leads to suspect management decisions if relied upon.
IT Administrators have at times referred to EduAdmin as the school
administration equivalent of Oracle applications, SAP or BAAN. The central
pillar in these business applications, as it is in EduAdmin, is seamless
EduAdmin and Integration
EduAdmin has been committed to full integration from its commercial birth.
With over nineteen years of implementation and experience it has been found to
be quite unnecessary to depend on other company products to prop up our software
solutions to schools. The EduAdmin planning and development teams boast
qualified teachers, accountants, librarians and contributors experienced in time
tabling practice and running educational institutions. The individual EduAdmin
modules can thus stand in their own right against any other individual product
on offer. We go one step further with full integration vastly expanding the
usefulness of the modules and contributing to the reduction of time wastage and
increasing staff efficiencies and effectiveness. We also provide functionality
that is unique to the school environment, features that are ignored by products
that are directed largely at the commercial market.
Seamless emailing of data to clients including letters, newsletters
(attachments or native), mail merges, assessment reports, library
transaction detail and financial and debtor statements.
Complete integration of time table with student, assessment and staff
details including automated construction of solutions taken from a variety
of starting points facilitating daily adjustment to the time tables if
Create and save an unlimited number of spreadsheet layouts that may be
dynamically populated from data held in EduAdmin.
Creation of PDF files from any report. All popular PDF Writers
Live update of weekly builds from EduAdmin with seamless deployment of
the latest changes to the workstations.
TIPS, TRICKS AND TRAPS
If you suspect that a program you are using is depending on export and
import to talk to other programs you are using and you are concerned about
the integrity of your data get a second opinion.
If you are using disparate programs to run your school and would prefer
seamless integration call EduAdmin.