What Institutions Must Consider In A Future-Ready Student Information System
With cutting-edge technologies stepping in education space every day, it is imperative for higher ed institutions to cling to traditional setbacks. For an institution, managing student information system is a foremost priority. It is embedded throughout the holistic learning journey of a student, made by a myriad of behind-the-scenes technology blessings. But the question that crosses my mind is – if institutions know what the most important feature in modern SIS is. What is that one feature that sets traditional and modern student information system apart? Let’s talk about it.
Monolithic Vs Microservices Architecture
Institutions want to build the best architecture for IT infrastructures; enabling changes to be made at any given point in time. Howbeit, struggling with the traditional monolithic architecture has always come across as a challenge, especially when it comes to the deployment of the same in student information systems. Monolithic architecture has all the change cycles tied together; resulting in heavy protocols and unavailability of instant modifications without changing the whole gigantic autonomous unit.
I believe, when we are talking about the modern systems using cutting-edge technologies, services must be fine-grained, and protocols should be lightweight, allowing easy tweaks and redeployments of individual blocks without affecting the integrity of the applications. Indeed, Microservices is the answer here! It must come across as a decisive factor for institutions while choosing a modern student information system.
What Are Microservices?
Microservices are an architectural approach that represent moving away from monolithic, tightly coupled architecture components and services to loosely coupled ones that are atomic or self-contained, single purpose, and can naturally support highly iterative, agile development and test processes.
Why Microservices Are Important?
Microservices Helps in:
- Promoting faster development, testing and deployment cycles.
- Providing scalability, flexibility and greater reliability in building and maintaining institutional services.
- Promoting fault tolerant designs, where failures can be contained, replacements can be done easily, and hence high standards & SLA can be met.
Meet Unifyed Student– a next generation student information system, powered by microservices, which is built to deliver the best-in-class constituent experience. Additionally, institutions of all sizes can leverage this analytics-first approach solution and witness a rise in campus-wide productivity, student engagement, and communication.
Unlike existing legacy vendors whose product are monolithic, Unifyed provides scalability, flexibility, and greater reliability in building and maintaining services for the institutions. It provides institutions with the ability to make required changes whenever they need to enhance and provide a seamless experience to their students to promote a faster development, testing and deployment cycles.
Join The Movement
This next generation SIS is being developed in unison with strategic partners, such as SAP® to power the cloud-based finance and human resources modules, leading learning management system (LMS) providers, Instructure Canvas®, D2L®, and Blackboard® for pre-built LMS integration. Unifyed SIS resides in AWS cloud.
Higher Ed Institutions are looking to upgrade from legacy systems which have become expensive to maintain and are failing to provide the digital experience today’s students expect. This gap inspired Unifyed to partner with Higher Ed folks to design and develop a next-gen Student Information System.
Annie Hugh is currently serving as a Senior Vice President at Unifyed. With more than 14 years of rich industry experience, she has gained expertise in diverse marketing and customer success & sales space, inclusive of leading varied areas like P&L responsibility, management of all post-sale customer activities, and customer relationship building among others. Hugh is passionate towards delivering value and leveraging customer feedback to grow more and retain the existing customers, eventually striving to build lasting relationships. She is known for balancing the wheel and enjoying life as much as she works towards it.