Information Services - Data Collection
SIF Weekly Update - March 18, 2013
Dear SIF District,
SIF is starting to pick up speed as we move closer to the end of year collections. Below you will find this week's milestones.
After spending a week or so getting up to speed on what we are trying to accomplish with the on-boarding process, Collaborative Consulting is now fully engaged and we look forward to working with them. The project manager from Collaborative is Jeff Medor and his staff will be working with our IT and Data Collection Groups on the pre-on-boarding on on-boarding process.
The pre-on-boarding and on-boarding procedures will be reviewed by ESE/EOE and your vendors and once finalized they will be sent to you. This process could differ from vendor to vendor and we want to make sure all relevant steps are covered so that you are ready to go once your vendor is certified and moved into our production environment.
All vendors are registered in our new test environment, most are connected, and some are already testing. This is great news!
ESE and EOE staff will be receiving training in the upcoming week on all of the Visual SI products.
The Massachusetts SIF Profile and the SIF Guide are being tweaked based on conversations with the vendors last week. They will be posted to our website once they are finalized.
I will be putting together a small focus group of SIF district personnel to review our new Cognos reports. Ideally, I would prefer districts that were able to certify via SIF last October. Please let me know if you have an hour or two (via webinar) to help out.
I am also preparing the documents to open up a new round of Fund Code 204 SIF Supplemental Funding. More information on this will follow.
As always, I thank you for your commitment to this project and all of us on the project team look forward to working closely with you and your vendors. I believe we have the resources in place, including our very own swat team, to handle anything that pops up along the way!
Please contact me or your Data Collection Support Specialist if you have questions.
Supervisor of Data Collection
Education Data Services
MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education