Dashboarding 101

January 17, 2017

By Justin McKean

The buzz around dashboards continues to grow, and, as I travel the US providing demonstrations, more and more educators are interested in learning what dashboards can do for them.  I am going to walk through what a data dashboard is, why they are becoming so popular, and then lay out my 5 tips to get started. 
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, data, K-12, Dashboards

Family First, Always

December 22, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

It goes without saying that it is not easy being in a leadership position.  There are so many things to deal with beyond simply doing the work.  There are personnel issues.  There are morale issues.  There are political issues.  So how does one deal with this?  Good question.
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, CAO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

8 Financial Benefits to Cloud Computing

December 20, 2016

Ongoing pressures and fiscal uncertainties continue to weigh on districts. The good news is that cloud computing has come of age, and is providing CFOs with access to computing resources and capabilities that were once out of reach. More districts are determining that cloud-based services can provide powerful and capable solutions while decreasing capital outlays and operational costs.

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Topics: Resources, "Cloud Storage", CFO

The Authoritative Guide to Purchasing a Student Information System

December 15, 2016

It can take anywhere from 6-12 months to choose a Student Information System (SIS). The SIS purchasing process involves a lot of different ideas of what all stakeholders need. This guide is designed to help you get started.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, CFO, CTO

Redefining District ROI: Return on Value as the New Benchmark

December 8, 2016

It’s time for schools to look beyond the financials when it comes to investing in data management systems. Measuring non-fiscal returns can reveal a clearer value of the investment.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, CFO, White Paper

CFO Roundup: Making Financials Understandable

December 2, 2016

Five post Chief Financial Officer round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is making district financials understandable.

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Topics: Resources, CFO

Infographic: Tips for Holding Conversations about School Funding

November 26, 2016

When it comes to district financials, numbers don't always provide insight into the inner-workings of your district. We've put together some tips on how to present your district financials to other stakeholders in this infographic:

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, CFO

The Gateway to Seamless Integration Just Became, Well, Seamless

November 14, 2016

For years, the K-12 industry has struggled with third-party integration and connectivity with Student Information Systems and ERPs. With so many disparate vendor systems in the market, the need to efficiently integrate has never been greater. Now, the struggles are over as SunGard K-12 announces the launch of their new IntegratePLUS application designed to deliver performance and affordability to what was once an expensive and inefficient process.

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Topics: Superintendents, integration, CFO, CTO

Are your District Financials Telling the Full Story? How to Present Financials

November 4, 2016

School funding formulas are notoriously complicated and difficult for anyone outside of the district finance department to understand. However, it’s vital that not only your administrators and school board members understand your financial decision-making, but also that your community stakeholders take part in these conversations, as well.

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Topics: Resources, funding, CFO

CFO Roundup: District Spending

October 14, 2016

Five post Chief Financial Officer round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is school district spending.

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Topics: Resources, CFO