What's New With SDS?
Welcome to the School Data Sync “What’s New” page. We are continuously improving the service with new features and updates that make School Data Sync (SDS) easy to set up and use. Bookmark this page so you can stay on top of the latest improvements in SDS.
Latest Features and Updates
SDS will now be able to create O365 Security Groups to make managing users easier. With this update, SDS can create and update two security groups containing all synced Students and Teachers and can also create three security groups for each school. One for "Students - School Name" and "Teachers - School Name" that contain all students and teachers synced that are associated to the school. And finally one for "School Name" that is nested with the other security groups.
Improved Performance and Sync Processing
SDS is making some significant changes to how we sync data, resulting in a massive performance improvement for SDS admins. Reduced sync times and number of calls to SIS providers' endpoints, ensure minimal perf impact to the source system when pulling the data to O365. Our testing has demonstrated 20% improvement on Max Sync time and reduced “sync cycle delay” from 40 mins to 20 mins.
New SIS Providers supporting fully automated API sync using OneRoster API
SDS just released OneRoster API sync and support for inLogic, Aeries, and eSchoolData Student Information Systems. If you’re running these SISes, you can enable a direct API connection and sync data between your SIS and Office 365, to create Teams, Groups, OneNote Class Notebooks, and manage Intune Policy with ease. This adds to our list of already deployed SIS partners including Infinite Campus, Classlink, and Capita SIMS.
Simplifying Student Schema in SDS
On December 5, 2018, SDS simplified its schema for Students synced to Office 365. SDS stopped writing certain attributes to Azure Active Directory (AAD). See Simplifying Student Schema for more information.
SDS launches a new file upload and sync process using Microsoft Flow
The School Data Sync (SDS) team just announced the availability of a new, simpler way to upload your files to SDS and keep them in sync. We have automated CSV synchronization in SDS, moving the process from a Windows scheduled task into Microsoft Flow. The new process makes managing and monitoring file uploads easier as Flow visualizes a history of file uploads and the results of each stage of the upload process. Click here to try it!
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