One of the things I like most about iSAMS is their openness to integrate with 3rd party products. They know they can’t be everything to everyone, but through their API’s we’re able to keep our data current, consistent and accurate across any 3rd party systems we use; our HR system even writes data back into iSAMS!
iSAMS are also very good at keeping up with technological trends and adapting to change, with their continued enhancement of existing modules and developing new ones as the older ones become outdated. One such example is their Medical Centre module, which saw a new iteration recently as the old Sanatorium functionality struggled to keep up with our school’s needs. Their recent introduction of two-factor authentication in response to advanced security measures is another example of their quick response to sector needs.
We also really like having the ability to build custom reports using Reporting Services (SSRS), as it means we don’t have to rely on anyone to draw our data or be restricted in the way we want to present it. The iSAMS Advanced SSRS training course really helped me take ownership of the reporting for the school and the spellcheck functionality in the School Reports module has become a particular favourite of the Leadership Team!
For our teaching staff, Contact Pupil Teachers is probably their favourite feature. Being able to quickly email teachers regarding a particular pupil via a series of clicks is just so handy. Not only this, but the iTeacher app has given staff further accessibility to iSAMS which is invaluable.