Data is perhaps one of the most powerful tools we have in modern education. It can empower teachers and administrators with insights, illuminate potential issues, streamline inefficiencies, and help personalize the learning experience for students. We’ve seen this firsthand in the success of the Fresno Unified School District, who with the power of data analytics in their Personalized Learning Initiative saw increased performance from students in six out of ten subjects. We want to help every school find this same success, using data to gain insights and tailor their learning experience.

That’s why, today, we’re thrilled to announce we will be bringing BrightBytes Data Management platform DataSense into the Microsoft Education family, and welcoming the BrightBytes data management team to our Microsoft global education team. The DataSense platform is the leading IPaaS solution for both education solution providers and school districts across the U.S. and will add tremendous value to our customers in the coming year.

With the integration of DataSense into Microsoft’s suite of products, we will help educational institutions – and school and district IT leaders in particular – better collect, manage and explicitly control access to their data within Azure to help drive the best possible learning outcomes for their students.

Together with DataSense, we are committed to help schools migrate to the cloud, simplifying data management and providing explicit security and control over their data. We believe this school-controlled, secure starting point in Azure will make it easier to use analytics to help improve student outcomes, while also servicing the typical data transfer and management needs of a school or district IT team.

In the coming months, we’re excited to begin the process of integrating DataSense technology into our products for schools providing a single, secure, Microsoft-based service that will unlock the power of data analytics for schools. As we begin this journey of integration, BrightBytes customers using DataSense can rest assured they will not experience any disruption of their experience in the coming months.

We are thrilled to see what our customers will be able to do with the new capabilities offered with the addition of DataSense into our portfolio, and we look forward to sharing more updates on this exciting new alignment in the future!

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