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Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | PESC.ORG | Unlocking the power of data.The California Community Colleges Technology Center is working with vendors and institutions to standardize the exchange of educational data. Working together through the Postsecondary Education Standards Council (PESC) Common Data Services (CDS) Taskforce we are leading the charge with a mission to build a Web services network to exchange data.

To facilitate the analysis of student pathways, outcomes, transfer and institutional performance for continuous improvement, there is a need to bring together data sourced from the existing applications within our system.

Get Satisfaction: Love Your CustomersRecently I reviewed the community-based social media support platform, Get Satisfaction, which turns traditional support on its head by tapping into the wisdom of the crowd.

Our team at the Technology Center has been working lately on how to protect the identity of our students and still benefit from the use of an Elastic Cloud Infrastructure.

Thumb print scan imageIn a previous blog post, I relayed that we are currently engaged in the development of a new infrastructure for systemwide applications, a key component of which is Federated Identity. In part one of this two part blog we discussed the advantages for colleges adopting a federated, standards based, single sign-on approach to dealing with the proliferation of cloud based applications (e-mail, library resources, learning management systems, etc.) moving into campus IT. In addition to these commercial services, we also have systemwide service offerings to colleges such as CCCApply and the California Virtual Campus Catalog.

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California AbstractThere are a number of systemwide and intersegmental applications that provide services to our students and colleges in use across the state. 

I don't see many folks using burndown reports to manage their projects. Maybe because it is not a standard Microsoft Project (MS Project ) report and it is a pain to generate from raw MS Project data using a spreadsheet. More on this in a moment.

I don’t know about you, but for years I’ve struggled with the complexity and frustration of project scheduling. I’ve found Microsoft Project to be all powerful, yet all consuming in time and effort, and unrealistic in predicting outcome.