PowerSchool, a division of Apple Computer, has announced the availability of a new web-based student information system (SIS), PowerSchool Premier. PowerSchool Premier was developed for schools requiring a more scalable Structured Query Language (SQL) relational database. It uses the company’s SIS technology to meet the needs of schools and districts that are much larger, more complex, or have more sophisticated technology requirements. “Student information systems are transforming from closed, back-end administrative systems to dynamic decision-support systems. What were simple forms of automation and reporting must currently meet more complex operational and instructional requirements,” said Bob Longo, PowerSchool’s president. “Database choice is a key component of PowerSchool’s ‘Open SIS’ strategy to give our customers the flexibility and scalability to take full advantage of their student information.” Through the benefits of Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) technology, PowerSchool Premier provides complete open data access, allowing school districts to integrate applications, create sophisticated reports, and tailor educational solutions to suit each student’s needs, the company says. The SIS includes a bundled Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) agent, delivering the benefits of full data interoperability and eliminating the need to enter duplicate data into multiple applications. In addition, the user interface and application logic of Premier are identical to that of the PowerSchool SIS technology that currently supports many schools across the country. To reduce total cost of ownership, PowerSchool bundles all the key applications, with the database of choice, into a single product license. According to the company, PowerSchool Premier requires a minimal hardware investment and offers a maintenance support program that includes new updates and new versions of the SIS. For pricing information, contact the company directly.