The com­plete soft­ware pack­age

The Australian Education Reporter - - SCHOOL MANAGEMENT -

PCSCHOOL’S Ad­min­is­tra­tion Soft­ware is a proven, tried-and-true plat­form used in schools across Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The School Ad­min­is­tra­tion Soft­ware has the flex­i­bil­ity to in­te­grate seam­lessly with other pro­grams or func­tion as a fully self-con­tained stand­alone sys­tem.

In 2016, Padua Col­lege in Ke­dron, Queens­land em­barked on an over­all ICT strat­egy to sup­port the fol­low­ing un­der­ly­ing re­quire­ments; keep it sim­ple / ease of use, fit-for-pur­pose, and flex­i­bil­ity to grow or change.

With more than 1200 stu­dents and a very high fo­cus on stu­dent en­gage­ment, the col­lege con­sid­ered three po­ten­tial ap­proaches;

(a) Build­ing a com­pletely new, all-in-one in­for­ma­tion sys­tem;

(b) De­vel­op­ing an in­ter­me­di­ate sys­tem layer in which all data from the source sys­tems is mir­rored and later pro­cessed (data ware­house);

(c) Defin­ing in­ter­faces be­tween all the dif­fer­ent ex­ist­ing in­for­ma­tion sys­tems to al­low data ex­change (in­ter­op­er­abil­ity frame­work).

“Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and eval­u­a­tion we went ahead with an in­ter­op­er­abil­ity frame­work in or­der to pro­vide to per­form our large wish list while re­main­ing ro­bust, scal­able, flex­i­ble and us­ing open plat­form to sup­port in­te­gra­tion eas­ily,” Padua Col­lege ICT Sys­tems man­ager Pe­ter Yeates said.

“Pcschool is our trusted data source for the school since 1988,” he said.

“Pcschool con­sti­tutes the Ad­min­is­tra­tive School In­for­ma­tion sys­tem which in­cludes the mas­ter data of the school, stu­dents, teach­ers, guardians and alumni, as well as the com­plete fi­nan­cial man­age­ment of the col­lege.”

Mr Yeates said the com­pany pro­vided a ro­bust cen­tral SQL data­base de­liv­ered over a mod­ern web in­ter­face.

“Pcschool’s very high level of sup­port and their will­ing­ness to work closely with the col­lege and other providers is cru­cial to the in­ter­op­er­abil­ity frame­work.”

“It is re­fresh­ing to have a home­grown Queens­land com­pany will­ing to work with other Aus­tralian com­pa­nies to en­hance the level of in­te­gra­tion,” he said.

PC Schools co­or­di­nates with School­box by Ala­ress (provider for Learn­ing Man­age­ment re­quire­ments) and Timetabler by Timetable So­lu­tions (for cre­ation and daily man­age­ment of timeta­bles that re­freshes Pcschool as the mas­ter data­base on a daily ba­sis).

It also co­or­di­nates with in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies such as; FACTS Man­age­ment to pro­vide pay­ment plan­ning op­tions for the school com­mu­nity, Mi­crosoft for iden­tity man­age­ment, Azure Ac­tive Di­rec­tory in­te­gra­tion, and the fa­cil­ity of Sin­gle Sign be­tween soft­ware pack­ages.

“This en­gage­ment al­lows Padua Col­lege to ex­tend the in­ter­op­er­abil­ity across our en­tire school busi­ness pro­cesses as a mesh ar­chi­tec­ture us­ing Pcschool School In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem as the ‘true source of data’ to de­liver ed­u­ca­tional out­comes ap­pro­pri­ate to the dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers truly dif­fer­ing re­quire­ments,” Mr Yeates said.

Pcschool not only of­fers pow­er­ful stu­dent and fam­ily man­age­ment and cur­ricu­lum ca­pa­bil­i­ties, but also full fi­nan­cials, point of sale, li­brary and foun­da­tion.

These are all seam­lessly con­nected through one com­mon SQL data­base, pro­vid­ing ef­fi­cient timely ac­cess to a rock solid plat­form, with­out lim­i­ta­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Pcschool web­site: www.pcschool.net or con­tact us for a demon­stra­tion of our soft­ware to­day. Phone: 07 4939 5995

Email: info@pcschool.net

PC School brings all facets of school man­age­ment to­gether.

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