rSmart and SunGard Re-evaluate their Partnership

The partnership announced a little over a year ago [SunGard Press Release, Sept. 28, 2010]  has certainly not deteriorated, just undergone a metamorphosis in the light of work with several clients. While initially envisioned to include sales support and subscriptions utilizing SunGard resources, the past year has indicated clients find that structure, not easier, but more difficult.  Chris Coppola of rSmart, in a recent email, put it this way, “We just didn’t see the benefits we thought we would from a sales perspective.”  The two service providers continue to pool their resources when assisting clients in integrating their rSmart-hosted Sakai … Continue reading rSmart and SunGard Re-evaluate their Partnership

Tufts University, University of South Alabama, Notre Dame and Sakai–a middle way?

Representatives of our three schools, along with Nate Angell of rSmart, began conferencing a few weeks ago in order to discuss their mutual desire to provide multiple methods integrating SunGard Banner and Sakai. As many of you know, to date there are two methods to provision ones LMS or CLE. A. Administratively create course site shells each semester for all, or a majority, of your course offerings. When Instructors login, their course and its enrollments are already in place and managed by the SIS integration. B. Allow (change the verb here depending on your perspective…) Instructors to create their own … Continue reading Tufts University, University of South Alabama, Notre Dame and Sakai–a middle way?