As a CIO in higher education, you understand the necessity of the myriad applications, databases, and systems your school’s faculty and staff use to keep track of everything from grades to finances. In the same way that agility has become a buzzword in the world of business, advances in educational technology have allowed schools to join the agile revolution as well, making use of mobile, cloud computing, and SaaS applications to make processes more efficient.
But as a CIO, you are also privy to unique insight into the difficulties that using such a hodge-podge of applications and platforms can bring along with it. You’ve got your legacy Student Information System platform, massive and vital to everything done on campus. Then you may have other on-premises legacy systems that work alongside it. And then there are all the external applications you’ve added over the years. One for grades and attendance. One for financial aid. One for admissions, and one for Customer Relations Management.
All of these systems play an important role in the running of your institution, but each one comes with a price. Implementation, training, and the ever-present necessity of data transfer between systems make each addition a challenge. Yes, each one helps to streamline processes in its own way, but it also creates new headaches in another. Wouldn’t it be helpful if a solution existed to take each of these systems and allow them all to communicate with each other, thus eliminating the need to spend time and other resources on keeping them all coordinated and up-to-date?
That solution exists, and it can be found in N2N’s Integration Cloud for Higher Education.
NIC acts as a translator between all of your school’s existing systems, whether on-premises or in the cloud. It integrates them all into one central hub, so that data entered into any one of them is instantly sent to all others, as needed.
This central hub is known as an Enterprise Service Bus, and it allows for several benefits above and beyond even the integration and communication it enables. One of these is simple – and yet essential – peace of mind. When transmitting data between applications, it reduces PII and FERPA risks by limiting the amount of information communicated to only the minimum required for that particular transaction, ensuring that the transaction itself is done securely according to rules set in place, and then removing its copy of the data once each transaction has been successfully completed.
But perhaps most importantly, by integrating your school’s systems, and facilitating secure communication between them, the N2N Integration Cloud for Higher Education can help your school accomplish its main goal – student success. When data can be seen across systems and applications, a more complete picture of each and every student’s situation becomes available, and thus every student can more easily be supported where needed.
NIC increases an institution’s efficiency and productivity, boosts student success, and makes life easier for everyone on campus. Isn’t it time you took a closer look at NIC for your own school? Contact N2N Services today for more information.