How Hoonuit Supports Information Systems and Technology Teams

Posted by Mandy GroenO

June 27, 2019


In an era defined by proliferating student data, district CIOs’ jobs are more challenging than ever.

Data-driven decision-making continues to be an important strategy for educators, meaning district CIOs are now responsible for integrating a range of systems that support their districts’ need to track and share large volumes of data. They must also ensure databases are secure, provide optimized end-user experiences, and manage support staff workloads.

Juggling all these growing responsibilities is no easy task, especially when CIOs are forced to operate on tightening budgets and see increased demands placed on their limited personnel. Hoonuit’s team of former educators and data analytics experts understands these demands and has developed a solution specifically designed for the educational setting. Our solution provides end-to-end data management to help you streamline your team’s workload by:

  • Delivering the most comprehensive data model in education to pull in information from all your disparate systems;
  • Transforming, cleansing, and validating your data to ensure it’s free of any errors;
  • Building a data warehouse with both front- and back-end tools that are tailor-made for the education space.

To ensure we’re able to provide you and your team with the best, most up-to-date resources and solutions, we make a concerted effort to stay on the cutting edge of education-oriented information technology and data analytics.

Here are four ways we support information systems and technology teams:

1. Fortifying Data Warehouses

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Data analytics have come to play a significant role in districts’ efforts to improve student outcomes, but realizing data analytics’ full potential requires robust data architecture. It’s often a CIO’s responsibility to build a scalable data warehouse capable of delivering value to stakeholders across their district, a task that involves a slew of manual processes that can be difficult to accomplish — especially if your resources are already stretched thin. When information systems and technology teams attempt to build this data architecture themselves, they risk falling victim to common pitfalls like buying tools that aren’t specifically built for the education industry or setting misguided or unrealistic goals for their data analytics programs — all of which can lead to a time-consuming setup and potentially even launch failure.

We’ve heard from many of our clients that our team’s extensive experience and expertise have helped them speed up and improve many of these tedious processes and steer clear of common mistakes. In addition to setting up a best-in-class data warehouse and data model, our solution provides cutting-edge analytics and machine learning. It pairs student data with cross-domain analysis, enabling leadership teams to better monitor student progress, pinpoint areas that could use strategic interventions, and ensure academic equity across their districts.

With Hoonuit’s advanced analytics and easy-to-use data visualizations, CIOs can streamline the process of turning raw student data into actionable information that can be used by everyone from district leaders to classroom teachers to support staff. If you’re in the market for a data warehouse solution, check out our buyer’s guide to learn more about the key questions to ask.

2. Generating Efficiencies Across the Board

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As the practice of collecting — and analyzing — student data has become mainstream, it has become increasingly important for districts to ensure they have a single integrated source of student, program, and school information with which to organization the critical knowledge educators need to make informed decisions. Unfortunately, most districts use many different systems to track different data points. As a result, when administrators, teachers, principals, counselors, etc., submit requests, it’s often difficult for information and technology services teams to deliver timely reports, creating an ever-growing backlog of requests.

In truth, it’s unrealistic to expect these data teams to extract information from disparate systems that were not expressly designed to be interoperable. What’s more, a lack of consistency among software systems may produce issues around data quality and reliability.

Hoonuit is committed to helping teams overcome these obstacles by providing a platform built with data interoperability in mind. Our awareness of the fact that every district utilizes different systems and tools — each with their own unique data analysis and reporting requirements — has informed the way we approach the design of our solutions. As a result, partnering with Hoonuit enables you to proactively approach your district’s data in a way that aligns with your specific needs.

3. Facilitating the Use of Advanced Analytics

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Depending on the strategic goals and initiatives your district is focused on, empowering educators to use dashboards and advanced analytics can mean several different things, including:

Insofar as they are ideally positioned to facilitate teachers’ use of cutting-edge technologies, information and technology leaders have an immense opportunity to help teachers overcome data visibility issues. By leveraging Hoonuit’s best-in-class predictive analytics, information and technology teams can give teachers insight into a student’s level of risk sooner and with more supporting information than previously possible. Predictive tools can also be used to identify which students are likely to enroll and advance in college, enabling schools to fine-tune their college readiness programs.

Not only does Hoonuit’s solution offer clear visualizations of key data points; we also provide user-friendly, role-based dashboards. This makes our solution as intuitive as it is effective, and drives user adoption.

4. Delivering Cutting-Edge Tools Designed for Education

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There are many data tools on the market, but it’s important to recognize the unique value of a tool that is designed specifically for the education space. After all, a solution tailored to meet general business needs won’t offer the features a K-12 district needs to drive improvements to student outcomes.

Hoonuit offers easy-to-use developer tools that empower data teams to easily manage their data models, identify data issues, and configure their dashboards to provide educators with the information they need. These developer tools are visual and user-friendly. The example below illustrates just how easy it is to see and understand all the different data points that exist in your data warehouse, as well as the ways in which these data points interact.

Sample Hoonuit data model explorer

In the end, though, data platforms are only beneficial if teachers and administrators are able to engage with them, which is why our educator-specific platform contains over 150 dashboards out of the box that are built to align with educator workflows (such as classroom dashboards).

A Trusted Partner

At Hoonuit, we understand how challenging it is for district CIOs and their teams to keep pace with the ever-changing technological landscape. As such, we are dedicated to providing best-in-class data analytics solutions that give educators the insight they need, when they need it. We’ve worked with many CIOs to find the right solution for their needs, and can do the same for you. Discover why districts and education agencies are partnering with Hoonuit.

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