Providing data management and software customization services for over a decade
Looking for a partner who lives at the crossroads of education and technology?
Having worked with educators for years, we understand the unique needs of schools and foundations in Texas, including:
- Working to integrate multiple software systems (e.g., SIS, HRIS, Learning Management) so that they all talk to one another
- Building around a standard data model, such as Ed-Fi
- TEA reporting/compliance obligations (PEIMS/TEDS/TSDS)
- Data privacy and security concerns, and accompanying compliance requirements (e.g., FERPA, IDEA, PPRA)
- The need to aggregate data across schools to give a birds-eye view to administrators
- The desire to innovate using advanced analytics and machine learning techniques
- Tracking student data from pre-school through college to get the full picture of student outcomes
SOFTWARE CONSULTING FOR EDUCATION
A successful educational experience is built upon an administration with a strong infrastructure and faculty with adequate resources so they can focus on educating rather than software. At Entrance Consulting, we value our educational experiences and work hard to help others achieve their own educational goals.
Data Management and Integration
The single biggest technology concern for schools, outside of selecting appropriate software systems, is ensuring that the data stored by those systems is secure, private, accurate, and useful.
To achieve this goal, schools must journey along a spectrum of data maturity, beginning at siloed systems that don’t communicate, integrating those systems, creating robust visualizations, and finally implementing advanced analytics and machine learning.
In that journey, it can be helpful to employ a data standard, such as Ed-Fi. A data standard is a language that all systems speak, decreasing the point-to-point integration work that must take place.
Underpinning any integration work should be careful attention to security, protecting PII, and ensuring accurate data by identifying the “single source of truth” for any given data entity.
Custom Application Development
Sometimes schools or educational foundations have unusual ways of doing things or unique missions that give rise to uncommon operational needs. These needs often can’t be met using off-the-shelf software. In these cases, we can help institutions craft custom software tailor-made for the way they do business.
As an example, one of our clients is the largest private provider of scholarships in the state of Texas. To grant scholarships, they have to collect applicants’ information, comb through it, go through a selection process, communicate back and forth with applicants, and track school performance of grantees to ensure they are complying with scholarship requirements.
There is not an off-the-shelf software product that can do all that. So, they engaged us to help them create something new that fits the mission of their foundation exactly. This custom software is now in use and helping to deliver tens of millions in scholarships to Texas student.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Does Entrance Help Education Administrators?
Entrance Consulting offers a suite of services for education administrators, from custom software development to application and data management. We understand the challenges of the education system and offer tailor-made solutions designed to facilitate administration activities, promote collaboration and provide connectivity.
What Types of Educational Software Does Entrance Create?
Our custom education software solutions take advantage of Microsoft SharePoint technology to create customized portals designed to provide a range of functionality. From document access to application integration, connectivity tools, and enterprise application integration, Entrance has the tools and expertise to develop application solutions to suit a wide range of educational needs.
Does Entrance Create Education Software For Mobile?
Our customized software development experts are capable of creating fully-integrated mobile, web and desktop applications to suit your educational requirements. Whether it’s to manage administration expenses or managing students, Entrance’s custom application services ease the challenges of education administration.