How we work

We are proud of our database because no other company in the business has the detail we have on higher education software implementations. We are also working hard to have the same in-depth data for K-12 products and school districts. To ensure the quality of our data, our team reviews millions of lines of information each quarter, and an employee validates each new entry before being added to our database.

To enrich our database, we scan publicly available data (news releases, social media, university and company websites). We also go through requests for proposals, contracts, board approvals and other legal documents, again available to the public.

We review over 15,000 new alerts every day. This information gets compiled into a central database that gets initially filtered using machine learning algorithms to remove unuseful information. Then, our team of over 15 full-time employees manually looks at all the info to confirm, delete or enrich our database.

Each year, we reconfirm all our datasets, validating that the institutions are still using the system.

Our dataset includes (but is not limited to):

  • Educational companies, products, and institutional characteristics;
  • Primary and secondary systems supported by institutions;
  • Implementation dates and decommissions dates.

Our team controls for bias and regularly updates, reviews, and validates the data at the source to help organize, sort, and classify more than 2.6 million values. Though we cannot guarantee an accurate representation of the market, our methods prevent the over-representation of any grant solution.

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Non-Degree Programming and the Second SIS

Following our December post on product implementations and online learners in the SIS market, we received feedback that we didn’t mention the solutions to manage students’ journeys through non-degree programs outside the “traditional SIS” model. We wrote about these solutions in January, calling them continuing education SIS. In this post, we will explore the continuing education SIS ... Non-Degree Programming and the Second SIS  Read More

Dual View: Another Perspective on the Market Share

We usually present the market share for the product categories using the number of institutions. This is currently our default view. However, this way of presenting does not tell everything, and stakeholders should have access to other metrics when making product selections. This post compares market share by the number of institutions and enrollment to ... Dual View: Another Perspective on the Market Share  Read More

Predicting What Institutions Will Select for their Next LMS

Over the past few months, we received a lot of requests to update this blog post. We agree that for LMS vendors and institutions in the process of changing their LMS, this post could be of interest. However, we have noticed that predicting what an institution will select for its next LMS is not just ... Predicting What Institutions Will Select for their Next LMS  Read More

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