Why a common data model using Dynamics 365 and Azure is perfect for Higher Education

January 9, 2020, MOQdigital Marketing

Microsoft, Dynamics 365

Copy of Microsoft D365 + Power Apps Campaign Blog Banner (6)From improved student experiences, updated course information, and streamlining administration tasks – a common data model using Dynamics 365 and Azure is perfect for Higher Education.

 What is a Common Data Model? 

The Common Data Model unifies data into a known form and applies structural and semantic consistency across multiple apps and deployments.  When data comes from a range of systems and applications that aren’t integrated, their insights often cannot be shared or easily understood – or a lot of time, effort and money is required to make this happenUsing a Common Data Model, shared data will enable consistency across a range of applications and processes – including PowerApps, Dynamics 365, and Azure. Each of these solutions delivers tools and learning resources that students and educators can use to develop and deploy cloud-based skills. 

The Common Data Model and Microsoft 

From building to management, Microsoft has delivered comprehensive services driven by Common Data Models, and can be used across the education sector to benefit students, educators, and institutions. Dynamics 365Power Apps and the Azure SQL Database are all supported by Microsoft Common Data Modelallowing organisations to map their data onto common entities – either custom or standard – in Azure to speed their transition from proof of concept to production. 

The result is a streamlined, easy-to-use, cost-effective solution that can be evolved according to an organisation’s needs, and that can be utilised and understood by students and faculty alike. 

 Common Data Models in Education 

When it comes to Education, a Common Data Model will provide a unified view of data across multiple sources – enabling new insights and experiences for students and faculty.   

This ultimately nurtures a data-driven culture built on data-driven decisions and insights that allow for better experiences for: 

  • Student Experiences: Student experiences are improved and streamlined by allowing data unification across Dynamics 365 and Azure. Students can view their assignments, classes, resources, tools, and services with ease and improved accessibility – resulting in more personalised learning experiences and enhanced educational offerings. 
  • Course Information: Under a Common Data Model, educators can manage and monitor their course information and make it more accessible for students in Higher Education. They can also ensure that the right tools and solutions are available on an easy to use platformBecause the data is unified across these sources, students and educators don’t have to worry about switching between insights, missing information, or getting lost within a service.  
  • Administration: Existing data can be transformed into the proposed Common Data Model, meaning that systems do not need to be overhauled for organisations to benefit. Operating through Dynamics 365 and on Azure, Higher Education administrators can improve their productivity and agility online, using data to improve their operations and insights and focusing on meaningful matters, rather than menial tasks. 

By simplifying data management, Common Data Models allow Higher Education Providers to streamline the creation and use of apps and services in their system and monitor and build reports around them. Other benefits include: 

  • Structural and Semantic consistency across applications and their deployments 
  • Simplified data integration, processes, interactions, and telemetry 
  • The ability to combine existing enterprise data with other sources 
  • The opportunity to tailor models to organisational needs  

Your Model 

By unifying data view across sources and enabling new insights for students and faculty, a common data models using Dynamics 365 and Azure is perfect for Higher Education. 

MOQdigital’s “App in a Day” workshop is designed to help Institutions make the most of their data and digital investments. With a deep knowledge of Microsoft’s suite of integrated business applications, and extensive experience with PowerApps and Dynamics 365, businesses can learn to better understand their data – and how to make the most of their digital processes for accelerated efficiency and improved success.