Educate End Users with Powerful Mobile Apps

Trifecta assisted PowerSchool in developing an app for end users that would not only be a valuable resource, but would also serve to increase loyalty to PowerSchool’s suite of technological products.

The Story

Background:

PowerSchool, previously known as SunGard, is the leading provider of K-12 education application technology. They support more than 45 million students in more than 80 countries. As the first web-based student information system, they have established a history of leading education technology, delivering industry-first unified solutions that break down technological barriers for schools and districts, unlocking student potential.

Challenge:

To supplement the technology they were delivering to schools and districts, PowerSchool was searching for an app that could be used as a tool for faculty and staff. This app needed to utilize the PowerSchool suite of products, while facilitating educators’ ability to manage tasks related to Human Resources and Accounting.

PowerSchool needed the solution to not only be easy to use, but easy for their developers to maintain.

The Work

Strategy:

After a discovery period and project planning, the Trifecta team developed a cross-platform administration app for both iOS and Android. Instead of creating separate native apps for iOS and Android, which would have required their developers to have knowledge in both architectures, we chose Ionic: a platform that leverages front-end web technologies to create a single page web app. Since PowerSchool’s developers had a good working knowledge of the web technologies Ionic uses, it was a perfect fit for their needs.

The Results

Results:

Following its deployment, the new app quickly reached 5,000 installs and continues to grow. The faculty of multiple districts using PowerSchool’s app can now view their pay stubs, administrative calendar, tax forms and other administration information. The mobile app for enhances an already attractive K-12 software product and will help PowerSchool rise to the top of the class in a competitive marketplace.

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