Curtis, CEO of Kimono, says, “Kimono enables secure sharing of student and staff information among many software applications in a school using our iPaaS, continuously acquiring data from applications.” Following that, the platform exchanges the data over a Publish & Subscribe architecture that supports a growing number of industry-standard data models, infrastructures, and APIs. Additionally, it connects applications using the best method for each one, without point-to-point integrations. It scales easily as more capacity is needed, making it ideal for a large number of accounts. It also helps application teams get control of all their integrations in one place. Diagnostics are centralized in one console for all integrations, as are tools to map, append, and transform data.
The Kimono integration platform connects to the SIS of a school district, normalizes the data into a standard data model and then allows partners with district authorized access to pull it out in their preferred format.
Kimono enables secure sharing of student, staff, and learning data among many software applications in a school using its iPaaS, continuously acquiring data from applications
Curtis cites an instance wherein Instructure encountered a major challenge with a majority of its customers demanding more for data synchronization. For example, a customer wanted to name their Canvas courses after the SIS section, whereas another preferred a complex naming convention that includes the term, course name, and teacher name concatenated in one string. The Kimono Platform allowed Instructure to offer their customers these kinds of customizations with its flexible mapping tool that enabled Instructures’ integration consultants to seamlessly put together the integration logic like a puzzle, without any involvement from their engineering resources, the customer, or the Kimono team.
Venturing ahead, Kimono is expanding into Europe and Australia with in-region, privacy compliant implementations this spring. Later this year, Kimono will supplement their platform with a bring-your-own-data-model—first grades, then attendance, assessment, and much more. “We will continue to add integration partners, expand integration standards, and make large-scale implementations easier along with the ability to import/ export integration customizations,” concludes Curtis.