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. Find out why an iPaaS makes the most sense for the complex data and application integrations facing school districts today. 1. You can get creative - merge, supplement, and transform
An iPaaS lets you massage data in just about any way you can imagine. You may, for example, use this capability if your teachers are contained in your HRIS system rather than in your SIS. The Kimono iPaaS allows you to merge those two data sets and deliver the merged data to your LMS, which needs both sets of information to give administrators a complete picture of the classroom.
2. There are multiple standards-based way of moving data
You may be adopting Kimono to solve a specific problem, which means you’re only leveraging one of many ways of integrating data. Our iPaaS also 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.
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 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 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. 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. (Support of grades was one of the most exciting things about the recent release of OneRoster v1.1.) 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. Your 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. Your 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 why an iPaaS makes the most sense for the complex data and application integrations facing school districts today. Schedule a personalized demo and let us help you leverage these capabilities.