NECC 2009: School, Data, and Network Administration

Marshal 8e6 announced a new technology partnership with ArcMail, a provider of eMail archiving and management solutions. Through the partnership, Marshall 8e6 will add eMail archiving to its Integrated Secure Web Gateway and eMail security products.

OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI Printing Solutions brand, showcased its line of printers, multifunction products (MFPs), and customized printing solutions. The company’s Color Access Policy Manager software allows administrators to manage color output and maintain control over printing costs across networked devices. OKI also gave show attendees the opportunity to participate in the company’s Color Me OKI philanthropic program, by bringing the “Twin Sister” 1955 Pink Cadillac and an Elvis tribute artist to its booth in an effort to increase breast cancer awareness. Attendees could have their picture taken with the Elvis impersonator in the pink Cadillac in exchange for a donation to breast cancer research.

Pearson unveiled new releases of its PowerSchool and Chancery SMS web-based student information systems. PowerSchool Premier 6 includes several enhancements to the software’s user interface for a more intuitive and interactive user experience, Pearson says. These enhancements include ReportWorks 1.0, a new graphical reporting tool; address management and boundary validation using embedded Google Maps technology; and prerequisite checking and teacher course recommendations. Chancery SMS 7 also features ReportWorks, address management, and boundary validation, along with integration with Pearson’s parent and student portal, ParentCONNECTxp. Pearson also previewed a new “assessment for learning” solution, as yet to be named–an intuitive interface that can be used to create standards-aligned assessments and quizzes in minutes, the company says. Assessments can be made for the whole class, a group of students, or an individual student.

Stoneware demonstrated its webNetwork, which enables any organization to create its own private computing cloud, through which users can access their applications and services from anywhere, using any internet-connected device. According to Stoneware, the transition of applications and data from client devices into the private cloud allows organizations to rethink their client-side technology purchases; schools no longer need to buy powerful computers for their students, teachers, and other end-users, because the processing is all done inside the cloud. Users connecting to webNetwork are given their own virtual web desktop (webOS), which offers only the applications and services available specifically to them from the private cloud.

Weidenhammer introduced the latest update of its alio financial and human-resources management software, alio 10.0. The software includes new business intelligence tools and enhancements to its reporting and human-resources functions, the company says. alio Intelligence, which is bundled with alio 10.0, gives school districts higher-level analytics, user-defined dashboards, and online reporting tools to better manage information. The software’s HR system automatically generates information to the master employee profiles when new employees are added. alio 10.0 also offers an expanded variable report column, allowing users to retrieve five years of data and display it in 12 columns. And through a tool called EDGE, or Electronic Document Generation, users can create a diverse set of documents such as payroll and accounts payable checks, invoices, billing statements, and purchase orders.