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Microsoft acquires DataSense, the integration platform-as-a-service (IPaaS) from BrightBytes, USA, which focuses on providers of educational solutions for schools. The development team is housed in Microsoft’s global education department.

The integration of DataSense into Microsoft’s product suite should help educational institutions migrate to the cloud and unlock the power of data analytics for schools. It gives them the tools to better store, manage and secure access to their data within Azure.

We believe that this school-controlled secure starting point in Azure will make it easier to use analytics to improve student performance while also serving the typical data transfer and management needs of an IT team in a school or district, says Steve Liffick, director of Microsoft’s education strategy and platforms, in a blog post.


The DataSense platform is designed to facilitate the secure collection and management of student data from a variety of sources. According to its own statement, it is already being used today to process the data of millions of schoolchildren in the United States. The acquisition will bring the platform into Microsoft’s global education business and integrate it into the company’s education products.

We are excited about the global acceleration that this sale offers to our mission. Schools around the world will benefit greatly from the possibilities of data integration, interoperability and provisioning, says Traci Burgess, CEO of BrightBytes. The company will remain a partner of Microsoft and will mainly focus on the further development of its Clarity platform for data analytics.

The education market is becoming an increasingly important segment for Microsoft, where it is heavily competed by Google. Only last month it launched a number of products aimed at the education market, as well as specific features for education in Microsoft Teams.

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