Microsoft Azure and AKA Help Commit Partnership Improve Dallas Schools

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AKA Enterprises and Microsoft Azure: Helping The Commit Partnership to Build Better Schools


As a coalition of more than 200 partners, The Commit Partnership works with local schools in the Dallas community. Its aim is to improve early childhood education, increase post-secondary student success, and ensure that educators receive the best training available. Further, the organization works to help local schools retain educators as part of the local school system.


The Commit Partnership has collected more than 20 terabytes of data since its inception, making it a highly data-driven organization. However, the organization recently recognized that it wasn’t fully harnessing this information. In particular, The Commit Partnership needed to improve its data analytics so as to better tackle tasks such as:


  • Management of resources and funding
  • Statistical reporting
  • Providing consulting services to schools in the Dallas area
  • Strategy and decision making


AKA Enterprise Solutions took on the task of helping The Commit Partnership reach its goals. By partnering with Microsoft and DataKind, AKA developed a multifaceted strategy custom tailored to the needs of The Commit Partnership. This included both migrating the organization’s SQL to an Azure installation on-premises, as well as replacing their existing SQL server with a SQL data warehouse. Additionally, AKA’s solution utilizes Azure Machine Learning and SQL Analysis Services to ensure that The Commit Partnership can take full advantage of the wealth of data available.


As a result of this comprehensive approach, The Commit Partnership is now able to run highly relevant models against its data sets. The solution provided by AKA includes both machine learning and predictive analytics. In combination, these features enable The Commit Partnership to make the best possible strategic decisions on a day-to-day basis. From the initial proposal to final implementation, the entire process took less than two weeks.


With the help of AKA, Microsoft, and DataKind, The Commit Partnership now has full command of their valuable data. The organization is now capable of extracting highly relevant information from its data set: for example, it recently found a 70% correlation between third-grade reading and student success in the future. Without the solution provided by AKA, The Commit Partnership couldn’t make these sorts of useful determinations.


To learn more about the solution that AKA, Microsoft, and DataKind provided to The Commit Partnership -- as well as the impact that this solution is having on the Dallas community -- watch the video below.

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