Déjà vu – reporting tools

Many years ago…I recall using Crystal reports for data analysis and reporting purposes. Really useful for systems built in isolation that are strongly aligned with business process and data structures ie systems built for data entry and compliance but not analysis…

Things have improved but I was bemused to find myself using assay3, a reporting tool over the top of KAMAR, our student administration and management system. Built to support what teachers actually need/use it brings the KAMAR data to life. Great, but begs the question “How come KAMAR was not designed to provide the same if not better functionality?”. I expect there are good reasons related to specialisation, comparative advantage etc… still without assay3 a lot of valuable teacher time could be wasted.

Now if only someone could build an equivalent KAMAR front end for easy data entry of Pastoral data …

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