Roughly half of all K-12 schools instructing about 32 million students in 70 countries will be able to tap into ERP technology now that PowerSchool has purchased educational back-office software maker SunGard K-12.
By purchasing SunGard from financial services technology leader FIS (formerly Fidelity National Information Services Inc.) PowerSchool now offers the most comprehensive school operations platform in the world. Fully integrated, its “unified classroom” will cover everything from school finance and payroll to classroom learning management and teacher-facing data analysis. “The success of improving student growth, empowering educators, and streamlining school operations hinges on technology applications working seamlessly together,” said Hardeep Gulati, PowerSchool’s chief executive officer. “With this acquisition, PowerSchool is able to provide a comprehensive, unified suite of applications delivering holistic and real-time analytics to impact student performance, improve teacher effectiveness, provide insights into budgets, and optimize investments across all district initiatives.”
“SunGard K-12’s product offerings greatly complement PowerSchool’s extensive suite of technology solutions,” said Frank Lavelle, SunGard K-12’s president and chief executive officer. “Joining forces enhances the value and innovation offered to schools and districts of all sizes to better meet the financial, administrative, and technology needs of 21st century school districts.”
Many school districts already use both SunGard’s ERP solution and PowerSchool’s student information systems software in isolation from one another.
“We were thrilled to learn about this acquisition,” said Ami Fogle, a technology specialist in business services at Blue Springs School District in Missouri. “We have been using SunGard K-12 ERP since 1993 and have used the PowerSchool SIS since 2009
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