With 2019 approaching, we wanted to take some time and share with you our thoughts for what next year will bring. This past year was filled with change for us as both of our founders, Dr. Serge Lossa and Dr. Dirk Hightower, are retiring and we moved to our office. Along with all this change, we're excited to bring our customers some new features that have long been requested and some more exciting updates to our product.
Check out our latest COMET Blog Series - Who We Are. Learn more about the people behind the company, working to support our customers and improve outcomes for kids.
Name Brandon Wright - unlike others (*cough* Teale) I've never had the luxury of being the only Brandon in any given scenario, at least not until I came to COMET. That's right... it only took about 30 years to become the only Brandon in the building!
Data quality is an important topic for us at COMET. We talk about it often, with each other, with our customers, and with our partners. The utility of a database is in its reporting, but the value of the reporting depends on the quality of the data. We've been developing resources to help our customers with data quality. We thought it would be helpful to offer this free infographic resource; note that we also offer Data Quality as a professional service.
It's the age-old question (not really but just go with it), should your system be set up to automatically sign kids into a class/activity; or not? One of the most requested features we've had was for automatic sign-in. Not sure what we mean? Here's an example, if you know that every kid who attends your program between 3 - 3:30pm will be given a snack, then COMET can take any kid with a sign-in record but no sign-out record at 3pm (so anyone who should currently be at the program) will be automatically 'checked-in' to received a snack. Pretty simple, right? Maybe not.
In May we attended the New York State Network for Youth Success conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. It's always great to be in the company of like-minded folks, people all working to improve the lives of young people and help them stay on track for success in life. Their motto of “Empower Youth Success” is spot on.
This year's theme was “School's Out, Make It Count!” - which for data people like us begs the question, what makes something count?
It may seem like this isn't a meaningful choice - delete vs inactive - but making the wrong choice can have a huge impact on your data management. At COMET, we often get the question how can I delete a child's record?'. Our short answer is, as a user, you can't. The longer answer is that we made a choice in the development of our system to allow users to make records inactive, but not to allow them to delete records. The idea is that, if you don't want to see some data, make it inactive. If you never want to see data again, delete it. The follow up question would be, can you really ever be sure that you'll never want to access some data again? This is why we didn't create a delete button, instead we have the 'inactive' checkbox.
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