Is it coincidence that virtually every sales opportunity I am engaged in, within school transportation departments, has someone from IT engaged – and from the very beginning? Clearly it’s no coincidence. Why? The trend in transportation is to use data from one solution and merge it with data from another solution in order to generate relevant reports for analysis. One example is merging planned data from the K-12 transportation software with the actual data in the AVL software (for districts who have GPS.)
For anyone outside IT that sounds easy enough. For those in IT, trying to integrate separate software products means keeping plenty of Tylenol handy.
I am hearing a consistent message from various IT personnel:
So, the big question is: how do you mitigate the frustrations associated with integrating two or more K-12 transportation software solutions? The solution is to reduce the number of software vendors in order to deploy a software suite that was designed to integrate with each other or deploy a software solution that consolidates multiple products. If you want to see the benefit to a fully integrated, end-to-end solution, check out the Pasco County Schools success story to see how it helped them to seamlessly connect all of their many technologies.
I know, I know, you’ve spent a lot of money and invested a lot of human resources deploying all of the programs your district uses today. A huge overhaul is likely not going to happen overnight. However, until you move to the most consolidated platform keep the Tylenol handy. Contact me today to see why it may be in your best interest to consider a single-source vendor for your K-12 transportation software solutions.