What is the reality when you travel and need electricity… you do what most of us do, we buy an international power adaptor!
Now imagine each country is a school application. Now you quickly know the need for a technical standard for all these apps to “interoperate” with each other letting them use their own language and functionality. We need an “adaptor” that can let these apps talk to one another!
The effective and secure development, management and exchange of education data requires 24/7 access to accurate school and learning information is essential.
Interoperability (the ability to share data between different systems on different machines) solves these issues and should be a major component of your planning.
Selecting the “adaptor blueprint” SIF standard gives you a solution that is:
can be used with any products
not dependent on your infrastructure
Many products promise these advantages through their own proprietary API. While many can be realized in the short term this way, they can neither simply be unplugged and another system readily swapped in or readily configured to play their needed role, as the data ecosystem inevitably changes and undoubtably grows.
Add to this the inherent dangers of leaving APIs in the hands of those passionate about creating the best educational and administrative experiences possible and you are often left with: scalability, privacy, and even sometimes security issues. Just like electrical codes help keep buildings from catching on fire, open standards provide the blueprints to raise the API bar.
This diagram illustrates a high-level example of the benefits of using SIF, based on actual figures provided by a School District in the United States. The School District calculated the total time taken to perform regular daily tasks before and after implementing SIF.
Based on these figures, a School District could save over 40% of their time allocated to these tasks every week using SIF alone.
Increased interoperability without the inclusion of privacy requirements = increased RISK
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