Custom Web App Manages Nationwide School Operations, Billing & BI Functions
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School preschools and No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States (as rated by Entrepreneur magazine in January 2016), faced significant challenges with the off-the-shelf solutions it used to manage more than 450 Schools.
GSI approached JBS to build an internal corporate and school web application to manage all school operations and billing functions, scaled to meet the demands of expected growth.
JBS assembled a team that consisted of a Project Manager, Solution Architect, Developers, and Designers to work directly with GSI to identify the limitations of the existing solution. Working together, we defined the current and future parameters for the new system and developed a project plan that leveraged agile methodologies and rapid development cycles to incorporate evolving user feedback and business requirements.
JBS Custom Solution
The new system was developed on Microsoft’s ASP.NET platform, with SQL Server for data storage. JBS’ designers and front-end developers produced an elegant, usable interface that relied heavily on jQuery and asynchronous web service requests to provide the highest level of responsiveness and user convenience. As with any replacement system, the old system played a significant role. JBS developers analyzed the existing databases and developed migration solutions so that the new system could provide seamless access to historical information.
The result was a robust, centralized, and ultra-responsive web application, which included key functionality such as managing all core aspects of the franchise locations such as classes, student information, correspondence with parents (specifically, a portal that allowed parents to access important information and monitor their child’s progress over the web), payment arrangements, and event logistics. The application also provided real-time access to current information, reporting for business intelligence, and the flexibility to change and grow with the needs of the business.