NEWS BLOG (WSAU) Two of my kids are in middle school. They use the Infinite Campus computer program to check their classroom assignments, projects, and grades. Parents can also check to follow their kids’ progress through the school year. By all accounts, Infinite Campus is an example of fine computer software. My kids, who are “end users”, give the program good reviews.
Infinite Campus is the
Their competitor, Skyward of Stevens Point, has succeeded in
undoing a ‘single vendor’ mandate from the state’s Department of Public
Instruction (DPI). Under the old plan, all schools in
Since my kids go to an Infinite Campus school, I have no way of knowing about Skyward. I’ve heard from many people that Skyward’s software is also a very good, high quality product.
All Skyward wants is to chance to compete. The state had set up an all-or-nothing process. Why? The state needs schools to report certain data (things like student attendance, graduation and drop-out rates, certain test results, etc). Some districts’ computers didn’t speak well with the state’s computers. The state wanted one software package that would transmit the data in one way. That’s legitimate. But the process that picks one vendor over all others isn’t.
What if the state said: here are the reporting requirements
for computer programs used by school districts in the state. Schools can pick
any software they want, as long as the data is transmitted to us in this way.
Software vendors who want to do business in
Skyward was right to complain about losing its client to a
rival. Infinite Campus also has a legitimate complaint – they won a state contract
that will likely be taken away. The fault lies with