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Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:19

Next Step

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In previous posts, I’ve discussed where the Information Technology Department is coming from, as well as where I believe we are right now.  In this post, I’d like to cover where we believe we are going.  

old microscopeSir Timothy Berners-Lee, credited with the creation of the World Wide Web, once said:  “Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.”

The Canyons School District stores countless bits of precious data pertaining to students and staff. Understanding the correlation to this information allows the District to make data-driven decisions. It allows for real-time student intervention in addition to providing us with the ability to be agile and responsive to student and employee needs. Much of this data is stored in disparate database systems with differing user interfaces, making the correlation difficult at best.

The IT Department is investigating applications and systems that will help us combine and leverage all data the District collects.  They will take the form of a central data storage warehouse collecting data from the disparate systems and a business intelligence front end for reporting to all user levels in the district.  We believe that this type of solution will provide a tremendous amount of value to the District despite the massive  scope of work, which will require input and resources from multiple departments.  

I am excited and optimistic for the future of Canyons School District. I believe that the Information Technology department will play a vital role in meeting our students, faculty, and District’s needs. My team and I are committed to enriching the learning environment by uniting excellent customer service with the successful deployment and integration of appropriate technologies.

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