A Migration to Veracross

I had three meetings yesterday to start our next phase of moving to a new student information system. We are moving a large, FileMaker Pro 6.5 database to Veracross this year, we a planned cut-over date of early July 2010. In the divisional meetings yesterday, we did a quick review of the improved web portals for students, parents and faculty, and then looked at the Administrator/Staff portals and ES2 Client software that allows direct access to the SQL database.

There are several things that I like about this project. The great majority of our users should be fine with the web interfaces for using the system. Veracross is a single user, unified database with strong de-duplication systems to ensure that we don’t create hanging records. I like that the interfaces can be customized (to both increase or decrease) sophistication on a school-by-school basis. I also like that we have a dedicated account manager, and Veracross spent significant time with us in London, and we visited them for a day in Boston, during the research process for a new student information system.

So, on to the next steps– planning the specific reports and forms and transcripts we want, determining a sensible ID system for individuals, families and households, and visiting Boston with all of our current database for a solid set of working days to kick off the project.

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