Five Advantages of the Kimono iPaaS

K-12 public school districts are easily one of the most complicated organizations in the country. Districts have all the back-office systems that you would find in a large business – human resource systems, ERP systems, a CMS, etc. But districts also have systems to manage student information, libraries, transportation services, food services, and alert systems, just to name a few. And that is on top of all the classroom-based systems. This is why an iPaaS (integrated platform as a service) makes the most sense for the complex data and application integrations facing school districts today. Read on to discover five benefits that only come from integrating with an iPaaS.

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1. You can get creative - merge, supplement, and transform data

An iPaaS lets you massage data in just about any way you can imagine. You may, for example, use this capability if teachers are contained in your HRIS system rather than in the SIS. The Kimono iPaaS allows you to merge those two data sets and deliver the merged data to your LMS or classroom app, which needs both sets of information to give administrators a complete picture of the classroom.

2. There are multiple standards-based ways of moving data

The Kimono iPaaS allows you to utilize multiple methods of integration as well as multiple standards. So you can leverage the real-time benefits of SIF for one application, utilize an application specific API and the LIS data model for a second app, and adopt OneRoster for yet another. Yet you manage all these integrations the same way, and in the same place.

3. It supports legacy integration methods

Let’s face it, legacy approaches to interoperability, such as CSV and file sharing, are here to stay. The Kimono iPaaS lets you write custom CSV exports – so you can have automatic rostering for those apps that just aren’t adopting better technologies. And later this year, you’ll be able to pick from a drop-down menu pre-built mapping templates for applications that accept CSV import.

4. The data model is both flexible and broad

There’s no one data model that works for everything and everyone. The more rigid the data model is, the less likely it will accommodate the real needs in the district or the requirements of an application. For example, grades is not a typical data element that is supported by most roster data models. And without it, grade passback isn’t possible. The Kimono iPaaS is flexible enough to accept multiple models, giving you the broadest possible set of data to work with.

5. It improves accessibility & diagnostics

You already know the benefits of the cloud, and integration is a natural fit for it. Our cloud-based iPaaS not only lets you access your data anytime, anywhere, and from any device, but it also gives you one dashboard to manage all your data, integrations, and clouds. That means better diagnostics. Identifying problems is much easier when everything you need is in one console. The Kimono iPaaS gives you advanced tools to help flag those issues, such as mass change detection, as well as tools to fix the problems quickly.

Add to that list the ability to support both cloud and on-premise integrations, and you start to see how iPaaS helps districts solve complex data problems and assists market-leading applications improve their integrations.

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