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6 new features for the system admin guy.

Our development team have added many new features in ADX (our import tool). Most of them have been requested by users in the past.

Honestly some of them have been published the last week, others are completely new. So, here’s an image-driven presentation of the news:

1) Scheduled Import

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Here you have all the options available by the Windows Task Scheduler:

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And a powerful set of options to customize when the information is imported:

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Once it’s everything set, you have the details on the job details tab:

(it has 24hs time format due to my PC configurations)

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2) Email Notifications when the job fails/success

It’s an essential part of scheduled import. As files are uploaded automatically, system administrators must be notified when the information goes out of sync.

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And there you can select the email addresses to receive the notifications:

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3) Instant Get Support Button

Now, let’s say the jobs fails… it’s possible even under normal conditions (not software bugs), i.e.: if the source file does not exist, you have not internet connection, …

You’ll get the “Get Support!” button right there!

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You can send the report anonymously, or enter your information if you want to be contacted by the Support Team.

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4) Import Center-Course Assignment

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The summary:

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And the details:

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5) Import User Groups

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Summary:

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And the details:

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6) Custom Plug-ins

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It was not actually a requested feature, but ADX was developed to support this from the scratch. Users can take a huge advantage from this feature:

- Retrieving information from sources other than CSV files. So instead of exporting to CSV and importing again, you can get the information from your database, it will reduce errors and can improve the frequency of updates to a few minutes.

- Performing custom validations or formatting to the fields (i.e., applying a mask to the phone number).

- Extending users information from other sources. For instance, you could import students from a CSV file, but grab the passwords from a secure server. This way having the passwords in an human-readable format such as CSV can be avoided.

- Detecting specific users as soon as they are added to Accudemia, and email them for whatever you want to. For instance, you might want to let the students know when they are added to the “At-risk Students” group, and request them to take action.

** There’s no documentation or examples publicly available yet. However you can contact us and we will send you examples on how to extend Accudemia.

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