We strongly believe the future is in campus-wide integration. The days of a standalone One Card system are long gone. If your One Card does not integrate in real-time directly with your ERP or Student Information System and the ancillary systems on your campus then you are not receiving the most value out of your campus One Card program. We no longer install systems without at least a real-time database-to-database integration to your ERP system, be it Banner, PeopleSoft, Jenzabar, Datatel or any one of the student information systems used in educational institutions.
Data and financial integrations are the cornerstone to an efficient, cost-effective and revenue-generating card system. As opposed to a preset generic interface or data download, NuVision Networks uses a client-specific integration that provides our clients with highly individualized data exchanges and the ability to pass specific data or manipulate data as required.
This process has allowed us to meet some very particular requests from clients that go well beyond passing demographics information and meal plan numbers. For example:
- At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign the integration controls the creation of new meal plan programs and the passing of historical and product movement data to other departments.
- At the College of the Mainland the integration controls pass/fail access to the weight room and fitness center.
- At the College of Saint Rose the integration controls access to a classroom space inside a residence hall. When a student registers in the ERP web portal for that specific class they are granted entry access, in real-time.
- At Augustana College the dollar amounts on individual cardholder accounts are controlled, and the system can charge back to the school’s general ledger using a bi-directional, real-time financial integration.
Interface vs. Integration
An interface is defined as a single-directional passage of data through text file, direct database access or web service where the only action is an update of demographic data. This is a simple and direct process in which the only expectation is to make data changes in one system from the other system. Many card systems that claim they integrate with your ERP when in fact they simply performing the actions of an interface.
An integration is defined as a single or bi-directional data pass in which one system causes changes or actions in the other system. The major expectation is not only updating the data, but also controlling or modifying the secondary system. A good way to look at the integration process is to think of your One Card system as the controlling arm of your ERP. NuVision only provides integrations between ERPs and our system.