SNtial's long association with Educational Institutions provides our consultants with a broad understanding of Advancement and Alumni Relations Systems. SNtial recently completed a 6 year project at a major private University that covered all aspects of Ellucian Advance and related integrations and enhancements. SNtial’s companion company “SNtial Software Group” offers a “Donor Acknowledgment System” that integrates with the Ellucian Advance database. Typical Alumni development projects entail customization, reporting/querying, and integration/migration from old to new systems.
Student Systems and Mobility
Increasingly, Students are the primary targets for new application systems and often on a mobile platform. Just a few of the trends that SNtial leads include: Messaging both routine and emergency, Scheduling, Service requests such as transcript generation, Event information, ID Card, Shuttle/transportation information, Course catalog, and Course Enrollment. Often SNtial can leverage its data management expertise and knowledge of major central systems toward the creation of better information access for Students, Faculty and Staff and better integration across different systems and applications.
SNtial is turning paper-based student services into mobile apps. We've automated XML Transcript request handling for legacy systems (aligned with PESC standards), created digitally signed transcripts, provided Student Portals and Rich Document Publishing/Managing applications, and developed mobile solutions for Campus ID Card, Shuttle information, Course Enrollment, Collaboration, and Transcript requests.
Namespace management, identification, authentication, and authorization often present complex problems especially for large and diverse enterprises. SNtial can provide assistance in these areas and often leverages Active Directory, LDAP, Kerberos, Shibboleth and related technologies. SNtial has implemented Single Sign On solutions for Universities using OpenAM and similar technologies.
Data and Reporting Systems
Data management is one of SNtial’s core strengths since inception. Educational institutions need to house, move, manage, share and present data just like other large organizations. SNtial has deep experience in Database Administration, Data Warehousing, Data Marts, Business Intelligence (BI), Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) and Automation Systems. SNtial has worked extensively with most major RDBMS systems (i.e. Oracle, MS SQL Server, Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL and others) and major BI systems like Business Objects/Crystal, Cognos , and SQL Server Reporting Services. SNtial’s data-adept analysts can help Institutions understand their reporting requirements and help design best fit reporting solutions.
Portals and Collaborative Networking
Institutions of higher learning are ideal settings for various forms of collaborative and networked learning environments. SNtial has experience providing customized wiki-like portals for Students to share and store information. More broadly, SNtial has designed and/or implemented social/professional networking solutions using Elgg or Jive.
While some institutions are more decentralized than others, most institutions have unique IT requirements and implementations at the departmental level. SNtial can provide custom application development to meet unique needs or upgrade or integrate existing systems. Since SNtial has knowledge of often used central systems, it can help departments integrate with or recapitulate those systems on a smaller scale.
Selecting a new SIS and converting to the new system can be a daunting task for a school district’s in-house IT Staff. SNtial helps school districts select, implement, convert, and customize new student systems including eSchoolPLUS, SchoolMax and Infinite Campus. We can apply our data programming and management expertise to moving data from old to new SIS or integrating data between the new SIS and ancillary systems. More generally, SNtial can help assess your District’s IT infrastructure and needs to keep you moving forward and using technology effectively.
SNtial can help Districts improve productivity and accuracy while reducing costs associated with errors by building data bridges between disconnected Administrative Systems. Eliminate errors and wasted time due to reentering data between systems, and improve registration and reporting turnaround by integrating systems with SNtial.
Track student grades longitudinally as they move through district schools year after year with Data Warehousing solutions from SNtial. Whether using a warehouse supplied by a vendor, mandated by the state, or new development, SNtial Data Warehousing experts have been creating or integrating warehouses of Student data to facilitate analytics on student data for over 10 years.
Sometimes, Institutions need temporary staffing. SNtial always tries to provide a range of possible solutions. Sometimes IT needs are best addressed by staff augmentation or temporary contract placement, rather than contracted consulting projects. SNtial knows exactly what it takes to be successful in IT, and its professional recruiters are highly proficient in delivering qualified individuals for review.