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    Week of June 19, 2017
    Posted on 06/26/2017
    Seattle Public Schools Wins “Honorable Mention” Award at Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Conference

    Amazon Web Services sponsors an annual competition called the "City On A Cloud Innovation Challenge". This global event is designed to encourage innovative uses of cloud technology in the public sector. For the first time, this year’s event was opened for participation by schools and school districts. On behalf of SPS, the DoTS Business Intelligence team submitted a proposal to apply machine learning and other cloud-based analytical technology towards Eliminating Opportunity Gaps (EOG). This proposal was named a finalist in the “Dream Big” category and was recognized with an “Honorable Mention” award at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 14. Judie Jaeger, Director, Information Systems and Business Intelligence, accepted $5,000 in AWS credits on behalf of SPS to help further this work.

    Budget Development and Financial Management (BDFM) System:

    With the approval of the contract with Questica for the budget software on Wednesday, June 7, the project moved quickly to incorporate Questica into the project team. A joint project plan is being finalized and we are targeting the week of July 10 to have the next on-site meeting with Questica. The SPS Budget and HR teams have been meeting to create Value Stream Mappings for processes invoked in the budget creation and maintenance throughout the year. These mappings visualize how the processes and technical systems work together currently and will be instrumental in leading the design sessions to create the future state solution. Phase 1 is targeted for a November 2017 launch.

    Windows 10 Summer Upgrade:

    DoTS will be migrating all student Windows workstations from Windows 7 to Windows 10 before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. We wanted to share the advantages to moving to Windows 10:

    • Windows 10 offers better integration with Office 365 and SharePoint.
    • Windows 10 offers more security and compatibility.
    • Having one Windows platform is fundamental to standardize our support and to ensure unified experiences for our teachers and students.
    • Windows 10 will include the new Office 365 ProPlus version that enhances OneDrive and online collaborative tools.

    DoTs is excited to be moving forward with Windows 10, new teacher laptops, and Office 365 ProPlus. This will offer teachers and students a better user experience.