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.
Reduced Error Generation
When syncing with SDS it is not uncommon for some errors to be generated. We have recently reassessed how these errors are generated and are happy to announce our updated Error Generation. This highly requested update will greatly reduce the number of errors thrown by removing cascading errors. Previously, if there was a problem adding/syncing a student, that one student would throw an error for not being able to synced, the School, every class, and every group. Now, if the student doesn't sync we stop attempting to sync that user and only generate the single error.
Parent and Guardian Sync
SDS has just released its long awaited Parent and Guardian Sync. With this feature, schools can choose to sync across user contact information and tie it to students. This contact information can then be used by other applications that utilize the OneRoster API to consume the link between Student and Parent/Guardian. The main feature that will be using this update is a feature in Microsoft Teams that will allow Teachers to send an automated weekly digest email on the students progress.
User Interface Update
We have heard your requests and have updated our user interface. We have removed the "Your Organization" tab and replaced it with two new tabs. One for "People" to list out the Teachers, Students, and Parents and Guardians, and the other for "Groups" that shows the Schools, Classes, and SDS Created Security Groups.
New OneRoster Supported Partner
We have just released OneRoster API sync for both Eventful and Skool. If you are working with either of them, you can now sync directly with an API connection with ease to sync data between your SIS and Office 365. This adds to our ever expanding list of already deployed SIS partners.
SDS Created Security Groups
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.