BrightBytes Deals DataSense to Microsoft

Education research and analysis startup BrightBytes announced that it has sold DataSense, its data management platform, to Microsoft for an undisclosed amount.

DataSense collects, integrates and reports data from a range of online education services. Microsoft plans to integrate DataSense to Azure, its cloud service to boost its education data analytics services.  After Microsoft finalizes the DataSense acquisition, BrightBytes will focus on its machine learning decision-support platform called Clarity.

“We’re thrilled to announce we will be bringing BrightBytes Data Management platform DataSense into the Microsoft Education family, and welcoming the BrightBytes data management team to our Microsoft global education team,” said Steve Liffick, General Manager of Education Strategy and Platforms, Microsoft in a statement announcing the acquisition. “The DataSense platform is the leading IPaaS solution for both education solution providers and school districts across the U.S. and will add tremendous value to our customers in the coming year.”

Microsoft says it hopes to help schools migrate their operations to the cloud with DataSense integrated into the company.

“We believe this school-controlled, secure starting point in Azure will make it easier to use analytics to help improve student outcomes, while also servicing the typical data transfer and management needs of a school or district IT team,” said the Microsoft education blog.

DataSense’s former owner BrightBytes, last raised $33 million in Series C funding at a $120 million valuation, according to PitchBook. It’s investors during that round included Bessemer Venture Partners, Learn Capital and Insight Venture Partners.

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