Technical

Best Practices for Using Extract Reports

Best Practices for Using Extract Reports

Anyone involved with institutional reporting will tell you that when it comes to the end results, one report definitely does not fit all. Submitting reports to third parties—be they government agencies, financial institutions, or higher ed clearinghouses—can be...

Configuration Tips for Improving your Data Security

Configuration Tips for Improving your Data Security

Few things are more important in higher education IT than the security of institutional data. Current technologies, while incredibly useful, also make data more vulnerable to theft, extortion, manipulation, and other sinister activities. This...

The Anatomy of a DataBlock

The Anatomy of a DataBlock

When talking about institutional reporting, it’s easy to get lost in a discussion of the data itself. What information should a given report include? How do these two metrics correlate (or not) with one another? Which definition of ‘FTE Student’ are we using? While...

Four Reasons You Should Take Naming Conventions More Seriously

Four Reasons You Should Take Naming Conventions More Seriously

So…let’s say you’ve developed a really cool, really complicated DataBlock. It has 5 forms, 15 multi-column list boxes, 20+ parameters and a dozen SQL variables. A month after it goes live, a director comes up to you and says, “This would be even more useful if the...

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