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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 9.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Pega Platform

Pega is great for corporate web apps when a certain work flow or process can be improved through automation or a more stream lined process. It can handle forms and documents really well, integrates well with many different services (including other Pega apps), can handle very complex work flows and logic to basic things like user permissions and notifications. I would say it is less suited for small business needs. I would also say it is not that great at handling media or very interactive screens such as video (something I have personally never seen done).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

PowerSchool Special Education is well suited in one specific area: special education in elementary, middle and high schools. It works here due to the nature of the platform, which focuses on meeting the needs of students with all disabilities. The software offers information on specific cases, students, as well as Academics. This supports the mission of supporting all students and making it easier for educators, parents, and administration to be more heavily involved in tracking, monitoring and supporting students. When using PowerSchool Special Education, it simplifies the IEP process. Collaboration is one of the best abilities the software provides. There is a need to track program eligibility, including 501 accommodations and Title 1, and in a school with such a large population, the functionality that this software offers to users is important.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Pega Platform
7.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Dashboards
Pega Platform
7.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Standard reports
Pega Platform
8.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Custom reports
Pega Platform
7.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

Process Engine

Pega Platform
8.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Process designer
Pega Platform
8.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Process simulation
Pega Platform
8.7
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Business rules engine
Pega Platform
8.5
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
SOA support
Pega Platform
9.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Process player
Pega Platform
6.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Support for modeling languages
Pega Platform
5.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Form builder
Pega Platform
8.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Model execution
Pega Platform
8.7
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

Collaboration

Pega Platform
9.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Social collaboration tools
Pega Platform
9.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

Content Management Capabilties

Pega Platform
4.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
Content management
Pega Platform
4.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

Pros

Pega Platform

  • Reusability
  • Pega’s Situational layer cake architecture is capable of organizing application to suit enterprise needs. An enterprise can have a complex organization structure located around the globe. Because of Situational layer cake architecture reusing common policies and procedures is easy while allowing for differences between products, regions, channels and customer segments.Whereas with some application development platforms, separate copies of the application should be created to suite different business context.
  • Faster application delivery
  • With Pega developers can reuse common policies and procedures, replicate functions and industry specific frameworks and utilize pega UI elements to develop applications. IT is easy to deploy.Therefore developers are capable of delivering application earlier compared to some application development platforms. Pega reduces time taken to deliver an outcome.
  • Pega upgrades
  • Pega platform is upddated to adapt and work with latest technologies.
  • Proprietary users support and maintain Pega platform continuously. Pega customer support is always willing to enhance product support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

  • It provides all the documents necessary for supporting federal and state laws in regards to the special education program.
  • Extremely effective in helping to meet reporting standards for students. Teachers that fall behind on deadlines or timelines are given reminders and provided with processes to monitor progress and reporting.
  • Case management is easy, which leads to 100% compliance. This is important because the best strength is that this platform helps to increase funding by meeting all requirements of the Fed and State.
  • An additional strength is the collaborative potential it offers. The platform offers student portals to let staff access all resources on demand.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Pega Platform

  • Pega’s Strategic Apps, Cobrowse and OpenSpan offerings appeal to midmarket customers, but Pega is not aggressively promoting Pega 7 and Pega Express as stand-alone iBPMS platforms to the midmarket.
  • Pega doesn't support powerful data or process modeling capabilities as compared to the other tools.
  • Pega doesn't support full extraction, transformation and loading capabilities as offered by other industry-leading tools. Pega support doesn't solve tickets correctly on-time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

  • In terms of improvement, the interface is extremely ugly and simple in design, color and icon design. The platform needs to have a much more interactive and appealing interface so that use is more comfortable.
  • For parents, their side of the platform has a lot of options. That needs to be simplified. I think less and more drop downs within the key menus would help.
  • The disability codes are very lengthy. Perhaps there are easier or faster ways to access subsections to select.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Pega Platform

Pega Platform 10.0
Based on 6 answers
Pegasystems has continued to demonstrate a strong partnership with our organization and investment in their product that aligns with our overall vision and need. Pegasystems has engaged us at every level, with the assistance of minor defects to the overall roadmap planning and alignment of our goals
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

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Support Rating

Pega Platform

Pega Platform 6.8
Based on 7 answers
It’s very slow sometimes, but that may be our servers. Also the Knowledge Library needs some work - again, not sure if it’s our setup or what- but I’m unable to search the body of an article for content, so I have to be very intentional with tagging, but it’s not ideal.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

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Online Training

Pega Platform

Pega Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training is an excellent one, but still it is missing hands on development.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

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Alternatives Considered

Pega Platform

Pega offers a business-friendly toolkit for defining applications. Unlike traditional BPM tools, there is much fewer complications, the technical syntax to handle in modeling processes and hardly any hard-coded programming. A well-trained business user can be trusted to create a business application from the Pegasystems BPM framework if desired. Pega also provides "Case Life cycle Management" - which allows any business user to capture and process the full scope of work in their operations, be it document handling, approvals, decision making, etc. These tasks can all be built into a process flow to automate as much as possible. The usage of design-once, the deploy-anywhere user interface has helped in saving a lot of effort.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

There is no other software on the market that is specifically focused on improving the support of special education programs. PowerSchool Special Education system has a similar interface and structure that Moodle Rooms offer; however, Moodle Rooms is for content management and student management. PowerSchool Special Education is not related to course curriculum management, it is primarily focused on special education programs. Managing special education programs can be very difficult and stressful. It is impossible to successfully comply and healthily support a special education program without tools such as PowerSchool Special Education. Even more important than what other software does do for schools and educators, this platform makes it more convenient for families. Electronic forms and parent portals make processes easier.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Pega Platform

  • With our framework, we have been able to build new applications in 10% of the time/cost. Example, we built an application that took 8 months and 1.2 million k in a traditional .net environment and was able to build a similar application in 60 days for about 100k
  • Collaboration with the designer shaves weeks off the requirements gathering
  • Standard reporting is a launchpad that allows the users to accept the system without waiting for MIS reports to follow application build which often would usually delay use for 60 to 90, but not with Pega
Chuck Kelly | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

  • There is also a positive impact on ROI for the school. Utilizing this software provides the school with the ability to increase the potential it receives in Title 1 funding. Title 1 funding is a major source of funding for inner-city schools in particular.
  • Normally, the IEP and tracking process is lengthy, filled with paper, and often takes more time than necessary. Utilizing this software speeds up the process and provides clear requirements to be met, which reduces the number of questions and confusing meetings or papers left in teacher mailboxes.
  • I have not experienced a negative return on investment with the software, because, without it, the paper trail would be too lengthy and the process would be much more convoluted, with long meetings, long sheets of paperwork, and missed deadlines due to a lack of clear collaboration.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Pega Platform

Pricing Details

Pega Platform

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Pega Platform Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$90.001
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details
For the latest information on pricing, visit https://www.pega.com/products/pega-7-platform/pricing

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Pega Platform
7.7
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Pega Platform
10.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

Support Rating

Pega Platform
6.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

Online Training

Pega Platform
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

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