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Creating and Maintaining Interfaces Between Systems



The Data Hub Capabilities of The District Pulse allow a school district to accumulate data from various systems in use by a school district, process that data into meaningful information, and then to share that information with end users and managers via browser connections, spreadsheets, email, word processing, desktop applications and many other data delivery methodologies.  The Data Hub capability of Pulse does not stop with these processes to share data with user.  It is also a very powerful capability to create data sharing processes between applications.


Because school districts use many application systems supplied by many different vendors to meet the data processing needs of the school district, many interfaces are needed to share information between these systems.  For example, student, teacher and scheduling data is generally maintained by a student information system. but this data is also need by many other applications.  These secondary application include various assessment, testing, classroom management and other applications used in district-wide and school settings.


Some school districts have or are considering using SIF to meet these requirements for data sharing.  SIF, however, is a technical solution that requires significant implementation costs, new hardware and day to day support by existing or new staff.  It is often not the best solution to meet the data sharing needs that have been defined.



The District Pulse addresses the sharing of data (Interfaces) between systems as an integrated part of its Data Hubbing capability.  This function supports the development, maintenance and management of Interfaces between application systems.  Pulse easily accumulates data from one application, processes that data into the appropriate format and file type and then forwards that data to a second system for processing.  This capability provides virtually of the functionality of a SIF implementation, at a fraction of the cost and staff requirements and as a combined function with its other capabilities.  In summary, the ability to create and maintain interfaces between systems is one of the greatest benefits provided by pulse.


Using Pulse, Interfaces are easy to create, easy to maintain and easy to manage.  And, the steps and training to develop interfaces are the same as those for the development of all other Pulse content.  Based on this, there is only one product to learn and use, Pulse.


In the following example, several interfaces have been developed and are in use by a school district.







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