01 August 2015
Studentnet recognises that provisioning and maintenance of accounts and groups
is a heavy consumer of staff time (and hence cost) for school ICT departments.
Cloudwork's new account/groups provisioning features lead to a direct bottom
line benefit for your school. By automating these processes, school management
can be re-assured that critical identity credentials are being maintained in
comprehensive and accurate manner. Finally Cloudwork's dashboard provides a
central point for logging and reporting, permitting convenient forensic audit
All of this means lower costs, greater certainty, and comfort, knowing that
your school's identity management compliance and governance obligations are
being fully met.
Welcome to the provisioning edition of Cloudburst! We'd like to bring you up
to date on some of our recent advances, including:
- Google Classroom: What's on your wish-list for integrating Google's
- Automatic AD Provisioning: Automated provisioning and maintenance of
accounts in AD from your SMS is now live!
- Canvas: Our account & course provisioning code has been cut and
tested... now we're looking for a beta-test school – any volunteers?
- New Services on our developer program: SEQTA & Elcom – Welcome to
two new services being established on our developer program.
Google Classroom Integration: Account & Class Provisioning
Google's Classroom facility needs no introduction from us, we know how popular
this free facility is amongst the Google Apps school community.
However, the bad news is that this great facility still requires the teacher to
create classes and populate those classes with the students attending that
class. Even worse, it is the teacher's responsibility to maintain the class
list over the course of the year.
The good news is that Cloudwork's existing Google Groups maintenance feature is
being extended to automatically create the classes and populate the class lists
on the basis of the information already maintained within Cloudwork. Even
better, the Classroom integration feature will be built at no cost to existing
Cloudwork Connect users. It will be added as a new feature to the existing
Cloudwork Connect product, available for all schools to use.
As part of that development effort we'd like to identify early adopter schools
to contribute their ideas on new ideas for the Classroom integration feature
and possibly also to act as beta testers.
Automatic AD Provisioning
The much-anticipated automated AD provisioning feature is now live. Studentnet
is glad to announce that the first school implementations have now commenced.
The Cloudwork Dashboard has been upgraded to provide summary logging and
reporting of AD provisioning activity. Initial information will include:start
time, number of new accounts, number of modified accounts, end time, and process
Future releases will incorporate detailed logging and real-time activity charting.
Canvas Integration: Account & Course provisioning
Studentnet is proud to announce that we have joined the Canvas Developer
Partner program, ensuring that we have access to Canvas developer documentation,
APIs and test environment. Studentnet registered on that program to improve
our automated integration capabilities for Canvas within Cloudwork's identity
management system. Initially we will now be capable of automated provisioning
of accounts and Canvas courses.
Our coding effort for our first version is now nearing completion with internal
testing commencing. We'd like to invite existing Canvas school users to join us
in beta testing our new capabilities.
Come and join us on this exciting journey with Canvas!
Welcome to SEQTA and Elcom!
In 2014 Studentnet formalised our existing developer sandbox facility by
introducing our Cloudwork Developer program. This program provides developers
with their own test identity-provider environment within which they can fully
test their product. Not only does this program ensure that products are fully
compliant with identity management standards and protocols but it also provides
an opportunity to simplify configuration set-ups and implementations.
We'd like to welcome SEQTA and Elcom as our newest partners on the Cloudwork
Developer Partner program!
Leading a Digital School Conference – come and say "Hello"
Studentnet will be exhibiting at the Leading a Digital School
Melbourne, August 20-22 – come and visit us at our booth.
Even if you can't make the conference, we're always interested in your feedback
and good ideas on improving identity management at your school. Let us know
what you need – feel free to give us a call to catch up!
The Studentnet Team
ABN 90 001 966 892
Suite 1, 89 Jones St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Tel +61 2 9281 1626
NOC +61 2 9281 3905
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