Fulton County Schools: 4 Key Tactics for Building Platform Integration and Driving Departmental Collaboration

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What they don’t tell you about a technology implementation project is that there’s an element far more important than the technology itself: your people.

Nothing — not the most state-of-the-art technology, intelligent consultants, or newest strategies — matters as much as the people on your organization’s implementation team.

I found this to be especially true for a project as massive as the one my school district underwent, modernizing IT systems for more than 14,000 staff members across 100 schools. The Fulton County School System, located in the Atlanta metro area, spans nearly 80 miles from end to end and includes over 90,000 students. It’s one of the largest school districts in the United States.

When we began our ERP transformation project, we prioritized having the right people involved and tried to anticipate all the potential upstream and downstream impacts. Fulton County Schools’ annual budget tops $1.6 billion — incorporating state, federal, grant, and other funding sources — so we knew our system needed to be well-integrated and quickly capable of handling large expenses and complicated transactions. Maintaining a smooth and continuous operation was vital.

Today, our school district is equipped with a state-of-the-art, future-ready system from SAP that allows

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