Blog | June 26, 2024

June 26, 2024

Top 12 Factors to Consider When Switching to a Better SIS


Director of Marketing, Alma

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Douglass Mabry

Switching to a better Student Information System (SIS) is a crucial decision that can significantly impact your school’s operational efficiency and educational outcomes. Choosing the right SIS can streamline operations, enhance data management, and improve student engagement. Conversely, selecting the wrong partner can lead to operational disruptions, data migration issues, increased workload for staff, and frustration among users. To ensure your new system aligns with your institution’s needs and enhances operational efficiency, here are the top 12 factors to keep in mind:

  1. User Experience: Ensure the SIS has a seamless, intuitive interface for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. It should be easy to navigate and reduce the learning curve.
  2. Data Migration: Look for a provider that offers robust support for transferring existing data to the new system, minimizing disruptions.
  3. Integration Capabilities: Verify that the new SIS can integrate with your existing tools and platforms, like LMS, gradebooks, communication tools, and state reporting systems.
  4. Customization and Flexibility: Choose an SIS that can be tailored to meet your specific needs with customizable features and settings.
  5. Security and Compliance: Evaluate the security measures in place to protect sensitive student data and ensure compliance with relevant regulations like FERPA and more.
  6. Reporting and Analytics: Look for comprehensive reporting tools that provide actionable insights and data visualization to inform decisions and track progress.
  7. Support and Training: Ensure the vendor offers continuous support, training programs, and resources to help your staff maximize the system’s potential.
  8. Mobile Accessibility: Make sure the SIS has a robust mobile interface or app for users to access information on the go.
  9. Cost and Value: Consider the total cost of ownership, including implementation, training, and ongoing support fees. Balance this against the value and benefits, such as time savings for teachers and administrators, streamlined workflows, and reduced redundant tasks.
  10. User Feedback and Reviews: Research feedback from other institutions that have implemented the SIS to gain insights into the system’s performance and reliability.
  11. Uptime and Reliability: Ensure the SIS provider has a strong track record of uptime and reliability. Consistent performance is crucial for minimizing disruptions and maintaining trust.
  12. Future-Proofing and Scalability: Ensure the system can scale with your institution, managing growing data and users without performance trade-offs. Select a vendor focused on ongoing enhancement and innovation for a future-ready SIS adaptable to educational trends.

As you already know, choosing the right SIS is crucial for your school’s operational efficiency and educational outcomes. You deserve the only truly comprehensive, future-ready platform that equips your school with the tools needed to excel in today’s dynamic educational landscape. Alma will transform your data management, student engagement, and teacher support. 

With Alma, you're not just choosing the best SIS; you're investing in a brighter future for your school community.

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