Calyx in landmark schools IT contract in Australia

21 Jun 2010

Technology player Calyx’s income management software M+ has been selected as part of a major schools IT initiative that is being deployed by the Queensland Government in Australia.

The M+ Income Manager software forms a core component of the AGRESSO Business World solution chosen by the Queensland Government Department of Education & Training to support the transformational ‘SmartClassroom’ educational initiative.

UNIT4 Business Software, a provider of change embracing ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, announced details of the US$7m deal to manage the financial transactions of more than 400,000 students across the Queensland school network.

“We have established M+ Income Manager as the leading income management solution for Agresso users worldwide,” said Agresso product manager at Calyx, Dan Egan. “It is already widely used by local authorities, health and education institutions both in Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted that we were able to provide a solution which met the needs of the Education and Training Department and are excited about the prospects for future potential growth. Its adoption by UNIT4 to secure this landmark deal provides a strong platform from which business can potentially be developed with other government departments within Queensland, elsewhere in Australia and worldwide.”

This encompasses more than 1,200 schools and will ensure the application is accessible to more than 40,000 teachers and administrative staff.

The M+ Income Manager software accounts for all income received from an organisation. Schools are charged with managing diverse income streams from students paying for extracurricular activities to parents submitting subscriptions.

The implementation of M+ Income Manager will allow for the transparent management of all income received, irrespective of source.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years