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Next generation software for schools is launched by WCBS

25/09/2017 09:10:49 | WCBS

You have probably been using true cloud-based solutions in your life for a while; just think of the many times you get an automatic upgrade for your online banking app on your phone or computer. True cloud systems have been integrated by global hardware providers, including Microsoft, Dropbox and the social media giants, for several years. Now, this next generation of software is available to schools.

WCBS has announced the launch of HUB to give schools all the benefits of cloud technology for their information management.

True cloud and its benefits

HUB, which is a true cloud, Software as a Service, multi-tenanted, information management solution, provides schools with an alternative to costly servers. It is software that is fully managed in the cloud and designed for the very specific needs of schools today.

True cloud-based technology reassures schools that the system has been built especially for the cloud. This means that no third party service provider or reseller is required; removing the risk of unstable installations, compromised data security, or delayed, time-intrusive and costly updates. The Software as a Service (SAAS) provision means that schools will automatically receive instantaneous system upgrades in zero downtime, data backups, disaster recovery, and complete management of their software without having to do a thing; a significant benefit for all schools.

Through HUB, we will provide schools with an intuitive school information management platform that can be customised to meet their data and software needs.

Features available include user-targeted reporting and analysis, multi-language provision, instant messaging capability, student assessment, online admissions, simple and secure integration with third party software, mobile and multi-device application, and WeChat integration (for schools in China). This will allow the different users, whether that’s teachers, administrators, parents or students, the ability to securely access only the school information that’s relevant to them, anytime and anywhere. It will also enable schools to communicate with parents in their local language or a choice of languages (including Mandarin, Thai and Vietnamese as well as English) to maximise their engagement and collaboration.

Meeting a need for schools

HUB is available to any school that has internet connection. It can be installed immediately and implemented when the school community is ready, providing access to an information management system that is school-specific, secure, simple to use, flexible and fully scalable.

“There has been a big gap in the education market for true cloud-based technology,” says Emma Goodwin, CEO at WCBS. “This is next generation software and there’s been huge demand from schools for this so that they can focus their investment on teaching and learning rather than out-dated IT infrastructure. It’s a significant step-change in school information management functionality and service support for them, and WCBS is thrilled to be leading that change.”

Acquisition enables next generation solutions

The launch of HUB has been made possible as a result of the acquisition by WCBS of KSM Online.

KSM Online was established in 2009 by former educationalist and Computer Science graduate Saqib Awan. Its product team focuses on marrying the nuances of Ed-tech with the big data requirements of Fin-tech (technology to support banking and financial services), and delivering pertinent and intelligent information to its users in a modern, user-friendly, future-proofed experience. The company’s acquisition provides WCBS with a next generation skill base and cutting-edge technology to continue to propel schools into the digital world.

Saqib Awan remains with WCBS as Chief Product Officer leading the WCBS London-based innovation team; a group of highly skilled, cloud experts, tech designers, former teachers and administrators who will ensure WCBS remains at the forefront of education technology. “We’re very excited to be joining WCBS, and look forward to continuing to develop a market leading MIS,” commented Saqib. “The long-standing history and deep-rooted reach of WCBS, coupled with the zeal and passion we have for innovation, mean that we are able to continue to provide the most cutting-edge, future-proofed solution that fits schools of all shapes and sizes,” he added.

Ian Hunter, CCO at WCBS, who has been leading the extensive growth in sales of the company’s school information management solutions, said the demand for such technology by forward-thinking schools is extensive: “Today’s school leaders recognise the importance of big data to support teaching and learning, school administration, parental involvement and business development,” he said. “They want technology with user interaction designed specifically for teachers, leaders, students and parents. They want maximum data security yet flexible accessibility. Our aim is to ensure that WCBS delivers future-proof solutions.”

Giles Clarke, Chairman of Westleigh Investments, which owns WCBS said, “We are very pleased to welcome Saqib and the team from KSM Online to the company. Not only is this expanding our product potential, but bringing breadth to our skills and knowledge base too.”

To find out more about HUB, email sales@wcbs.co.uk or call +44 (0)1458 833 344.

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