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FastDirect Technical Advantage / Service Advantage
|FastDirect is Web-based and Provides Full Service||Other Systems And Server Based Software|
- No up-front purchase cost
- Training at your site included
- Unlimited technical support included
- One low price includes all Components
- Several modules to purchase
- Several vendors
- Maintenance fees
(Additional costs for each)
- Professionally hosted: No servers needed at your school
- Local storage on your equipment
- Done in about a week.
- Charge to set up your server and convert your data
- Done completely by FastDirect - even grade books
- Send FastDirect report cards, grade scales, and a list of who teaches what and it is all done for you
- Technical staff must learn how to set up grade books and report cards and assign courses
- Teachers must build class rosters themselves before using the system.
- Encryption, protection from viruses, redundant systems, continuous backup
- Technical staff must provide at additional time and expense
Off Campus Access
- 24/7, from any Internet computer
- Teachers enter grades directly from any internet location
- Third party software required at added cost.
- Clumsy uploads and downloads to work on grades or files
- Information is available in real-time.
- Parent access is integrated into the system.
- Parents are activated with unique screen names and passwords.
- Two-way communications with parents.
- Additional module required
- Requires uploading to web software
- Information is not in real time
- Information entered once flows through the system to all features and functions.
- Manual, multiple entries/copy/paste between programs
- Complex merging of data between modules
- No servers to buy and maintain
- Costly hardware and technical staff to run it
- Runs on PCs and Mac
- Access even from a smart phone
- No software to buy or download
- Works on any Internet Browser
- Software to buy, download, install, and configure
- Compatibility issues
- Costly upgrades to your operating systems to run their software
- Free Direct, unlimited support available to all users (parents, teachers, and administrators)
- Our Help Desk staff can view your screen and answer your questions.
- Technical support or maintenance fees often exceed entire cost of FastDirect
- Slow response to calls for help
- Training of teachers and office staff is done in your building at no additional cost.
- One staff member travels to get trained and returns to train the rest of the staff.
- Thick, complicated manuals for users.
(Additional cost and staff time)