Parnassus has been developed as a portal or web-site using
Microsoft developments tools such as .NET, SQL Server, Reporting
Services and - for some of the optional modules - Microsoft
Parnassus is typically installed on servers in your office, with
some functions exposed to external users across the internet.
However, depending on usage, we may recommend installing part or
all of Parnassus on an externally hosted web-server.
See our Technical Information leaflet
for further information.
Links to Your Other Systems - Finance, eAssessment,
We regularly provide integration with accounts systems such as
Sage or Microsoft Dynamics-GP (Great Plains). This normally
involves the synchronisation of centres/accounts between Parnassus
and the finance system, as well as the transfer of transactions
that incur charges, eg registrations, duplicate certificates,
centre approvals, to the finance system.
We are able to provide integration to any eAssessment package,
such as Promissor, Calibrand, KUA-Lamark, Questionmark etc. Many
awarding bodies are providing resources, materials & products
online - we are able to integrate Parnassus with eCommerce
solutions such as DotNetNuke, Microsoft Commerce Server and many
Parnassus and Microsoft CRM
Parnassus is integrated with the Microsoft CRM product from the
Microsoft Dynamics range to present a single wide-ranging system to
the user. Microsoft CRM is not mandatory for the Parnassus core
modules but it is a pre-requisite for some of the optional modules,
which are in the form of awarding organisation customisations on
top of the standard Microsoft CRM product.
However once you are using Microsoft CRM, you will have a powerful
system that can be used in many other ways. There are three main
flavours of Microsoft CRM, which can help your business:
• Sales Management
• Service Management
Microsoft CRM's most compelling feature is that users access it
from within Outlook (as shown in some of the screenshots) or via a
web-style interface. Therefore take-up of CRM within an
organisation is incredibly rapid - there is a very low training
Microsoft CRM can be integrated with your phone system, used
remotely via the internet, sections can be opened up to your
customers to enter orders, log service requests, retrieve
information ... and the system is extremely configurable which
means our consultants can rapidly customise CRM to fit your
Links to External Systems
Gordon Associates is committed to long-term support for interfaces
to LRS, DAS, QCF, RITS, A2C, Forvus and other systems or web-sites
managed by OfQual, SFA and UCAS.
Gordon Associates has built a reputation as experts in the field
of integration with LRS/DAS and awarding bodies regularly request
our assistance with LRS/DAS accreditation and the building of links
to their own internally-developed bespoke awarding body management
LRS - Validating ULNs
Parnassus meets the requirements for the Learning Records Service
(LRS) and provides awarding organisations with built-in
functionality for validating Unique Learner Numbers (ULNs). You are
able to validate a learner's ULN manually (by clicking on a button
which immediately communicates with the LRS web-site) and
Parnassus also includes background validation of ULN's which is
useful when large volumes of registrations are being imported. This
is a configurable service - for example you can define which
qualifications have a mandatory requirement for a ULN to be present
(eg 14-19 Diplomas and QCF qualifications).
DAS - Diploma Aggregation Service
Parnassus is integrated with the current release of DAS and
provides support for both CABs (Component Awarding Bodies) and DABs
(Diploma Awarding Bodies). Results for your Diploma components will
be automatically uploaded to the DAS for both CABs and DABs.
Results can be uploaded manually by the user or via a configurable,
background service. DABs can also process all other aspects of
Diploma administration such as registrations from centres,
notification of claims and printing of certificates.
QCF - Qualifications & Credit Framework
Parnassus is QCF compliant - it enables you to define
qualifications & units that conform to the QCF with credit
values and rules of combination. In addition Parnassus supports the
sharing of achievement data with the SFA. The registration and
certification functions check the qualification definitions and QCF
rules so that you cannot register a learner incorrectly or produce
a certificate for a non-compliant achievement. NQF awards and other
qualifications can be processed in the system at the same time
according to their specific rules.
We anticipate an evolution on QCF thinking over the coming years
and Parnassus will evolve to provide new functions in this
All awarding organisations need to submit reports to regulatory
bodies and Parnassus provides standard reports for bodies such as
DCSF, Ofqual (commonly known as Forvus or Bath data), UCAS.
Many more are provided as well - in addition with a facility to
build additional reports for internal or external consumption -
either paper reports or for electronic data interchange (EDI, csv,
xml, xls etc).