As we embark on a re-evaluation of our SIS (currently using Rediker), I am looking for the following:
I would love to hear from you regarding your experiences and your recommendations. You may also email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate all of your help!
We were a Blackbaud school and switched to Veracross almost two years ago now. We found that Blackbaud was not doing some things that we needed it to do and we wanted a single database for all our data. This is something that Blackbaud can't do yet.
While I can't talk about all of your different choices, I can spend as long as you can stand to listen talking about the pros and cons of both Blackbaud and Veracross.
Please feel free to contact me and I am happy to give you whatever info you would like on what we thought of Blackbaud, why we moved to Veracross, and the pros and cons of both.
Visitation uses Blackbaud and have many of their products and we feel invested. The past year we have found that some areas are lacking their focus. However, we have been customers of theirs for a long time and don't plan on moving anytime soon. We are working with our reps and others over there to get things better. The SIS side we have no big complaints and their service is very good. One of the reasons I do like BB.
Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated.
We are a K-12 "Total Solution" Blackbaud school. This means if Blackbaud has a product that they market towards K-12 institutions, then we have it. We certainly did not enter into our contracts this way, it's been a gradual (over 40 years) of bouncing some systems around and then returning to the Blackbaud ecosystem.
No matter what solution you select, know that you will never have "the perfect" solution. At best, you'll identify the "most beneficial and least painful" solution for your needs. In my research, I've found no solutions that do everything and do everything perfectly.
Now to respond to your specific questions:
I hope this is helpful in your search for "your perfect" solution. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me!
Thank you for your information. We do have several BB products and interested in learning about the others. We will put on the list.
@Donna Muller, I'm happy to share some thoughts...
You can do this work with a team of people at your school. It allows the decision-making process to be grounded in process and data. I have done this not only at my school but also with multiple others with the work I do with Educational Collaborators. The time taken at my school (MKA) and the others I have worked with have helped the selection process and the follow-up that will come once things start moving on the ground.
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