Tech giant Microsoft announced last day that it has acquired San Francisco-based BrightBytes’ DataSense, an Integration Platform-as-a-Service (IPaaS) product targeting education solution providers and U.S. school districts. The company stated that the development team will join Microsoft’s global education division as part of the deal.
General Manager of education strategy and platforms at Microsoft, Steve Liffick pointed out that his team is excited to begin the process of integrating DataSense technology into their products for schools, offering a sole, more secure, Microsoft-based service that will release the power of Data Analytics for schools. DataSense designed to alleviate the secure collection and control of student data with sophisticated Cloud-based tools which assimilate an array of sources and research-based frameworks. As noted by BrightByte, the platform currently manages data for millions of students across hundreds of school districts. It also claimed that its decision-support product, Clarity that leverages Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, and psychometrics to envisage student data across research-based frameworks is utilized by more than 25,000 schools worldwide. The acquisition of DataSense expands Microsoft’s recent work in the Fresno Unified School District, where its Personalized Learning Initiative drove performance improvements from students in six out of ten subjects. More broadly, it is a play at the gradually more lucrative education and learning analytics market that is expected to be valued USD 7.1 billion by 2023.
Microsoft, in June last year, acquired Minneapolis, MN-based education-centered video platform Flipgrid designed for students and educators. And in January this year, the company collaborated with JP and Lenovo to introduce Windows 10 S devices for the education marketplace.