The Houston Independent School District faced the same management challenges encountered by many large urban school districts: a wide variety of incompatible information systems, reliance on multiple manual processes for transferring data between those systems, and no way of looking across systems to find redundancies or business process problems.

The school district decided to improve operations in key organizations, consolidating business applications onto a common platform with a centralized, enterprise-wide administration database. The district worked with SAP, using its enterprise platform for education. HISD broke even on the project in about five years, with an anticipated 10-year ROI of 151 percent,...

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    Laura Ascione

    Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura