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February 18th, 2013
Press Release: SunGard K-12 Education Recommends One Call Now for Mass Notifications
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SunGard K-12 Education Recommends One Call Now for Mass Notifications
Leading Software and Technology Services Company Selects One Call Now as its Premier Solutions Provider for Mass Communications
BETHLEHEM, PA – Feb. 5, 2013 – Leading software provider, SunGard K-12 Education has selected One Call Now as its premier solutions provider for mass communications. The alliance between the two companies integrates SunGard K-12 Education’s PLUS 360 software solutions with the enhanced mass messaging capabilities provided by One Call Now, which claims to be America’s largest message notification provider. School districts with SunGard K-12 Education’s solutions will now be able to keep parents and guardians informed about their students’ performance and quickly communicate in emergency situations.
SunGard K-12 Education’s eSchoolPLUS, an industry-recognized student information system, helps educational stakeholders—students, school administrators, district staff, teachers, parents, and board members—easily manage and immediately access the summary and detailed student information they need, when they need it. The system also can help educators manage their time and make it easier for them to communicate with district staff, parents, and guardians.
Thanks to the new alliance with One Call Now, SunGard K-12 Education is extending the notification capabilities available in eSchoolPLUS to address important concerns for districts, as school budgets tighten and scrutiny of school security increases.
One Call Now offers cloud-based mass notification systems. By making it easy to quickly communicate via voice, text message, e-mail, and social media, One Call Now can help schools communicate efficiently and effectively with their constituencies. As a result of a seamless integration between the two software solutions, districts can quickly send mass electronic communications, reducing paper, printing costs, and postage. And, the mass notification system can help increase parental involvement and improve the timeliness of emergency communications.
Brian Ferrar, One Call Now chief marketing officer, believes the alliance will support student achievement. “The integration of One Call Now notification services into the SunGard PLUS 360 suite will help students, parents, and school staff members communicate quickly and more effectively,” says Ferrar. “Administrators and teachers using SunGard K-12 Education’s systems to manage, track, and help students will have additional ways to connect with parents and students to help improve student performance.”
Through its Strategic Alliance Program, SunGard K-12 Education collaborates with trusted third-party providers to help school districts find quality software solutions for their needs. “As a result of our new collaboration with One Call Now, SunGard K-12 Education is enabling our client school districts to quickly and affordably connect educational stakeholders with information that can help improve school performance,” says Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s senior product manager.
Current SunGard K-12 Education customer, Christopher Passarge—who is chief operations officer of Lakota Local School District in Liberty, Ohio—has been pleased with the capabilities and customer service provided by One Call Now. “One Call Now tech support responds to our requests in a timely manner,” he says. “When we’ve started using a new feature they are also extremely supportive and even provide instruction material to distribute to our users. The material was very user-friendly, and they were available to troubleshoot any issues that came up. Tech Support also created a daily transmission of updated student data that has allowed our calls to be more accurate.”
About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The company’s PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides anytime, anywhere access to important student information—can be deployed to work together to help meet educational goals and requirements or implemented as stand-alone systems. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at www.sungard.com/K12.
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies. SunGard has more than 17,000 employees and serves approximately 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services, and business continuity management software. With annual revenue of about $4.5 billion, SunGard is the largest privately held software and services company and is ranked 480 on the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.
About One Call Now
One Call Now is America’s largest message notification provider, with 20 percent of American households—55 million Americans—depending on the company for messages that protect, inform, and engage. Schools nationwide use One Call Now’s high-speed, fully redundant service to quickly and easily send messages to thousands of staff and parents simultaneously. Founded in 2002, One Call Now was recently named as a District Administration Top 100 Product for Schools and to Inc. Magazine’s Honor Roll, having made its list of the fastest growing privately held companies in America for five consecutive years. One Call Now is proud to support the Mission of Educators through partnerships with anti-bullying organization Olweus, sponsorship of The Million T-Shirt March Against Bullying, free levy calls for schools, and KidsReadNow.org, One Call Now’s national summer reading program designed to stop the summer reading slide in elementary schools. For more information, please visit www.onecallnow.com.
Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, PLUS 360, and eSchoolPLUS are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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SunGard K-12 Education Media Contact:
Lori H. Burke
Public Relations Specialist
One Call Now Media Contact:
Director of Corporate Communications
877-698-3262 ext. 2323 (office)
Release Number: 2013 – 0006