SunGard K-12 Education, a leading K-12 administrative software provider, and One Call Now, its premier solutions provider for mass communications, are pleased to announce One Call Now’s SIF 2.0 Certification. This integration empowers customers using SunGard K-12’s products to take advantage of the speed, reliability, and security of the Schools Interoperability Framework—one of the largest and most commonly implemented open systems standards for seamless, real-time data transfer and usage.
Today at SunGard’s User Group (SNUG) Conference, One Call Now and SunGard K-12 Education will demonstrate SIF 2.0 integration and discuss the benefits the companies’ joint customers have already experienced. As one of the first SIF 2.0 certified agents in the message notification space, One Call Now provides end users an assurance of conformance and interoperability between SIF-certified products, including eSchoolPLUS.
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, 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.
Districts are already noticing the enhancements of this new partnership. eSchoolPLUS user Brad Randmark, director of technology and information services at Cicero School District in Cicero, Ill., said, “The integration was fast and painless. We shortened our non-emergency call time from over eight hours to less than an hour (based on the primary numbers of 13,500 students). We are very happy we switched to One Call Now.”
Brian Ferrar, One Call Now’s chief marketing officer, says, “K12 clients like Cicero regularly tell us two things. First, effective communications drives better engagement with their staff, their students, their parents, and their communities. And second, that integration of their strategic applications is the key to maintaining a more manageable, cost-effective IT infrastructure. With this announcement and our collaboration with SunGard K-12 Education, we believe we have delivered on both counts.”
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. “With One Call Now’s expertise, innovative platform, and excellent service alongside of our SunGard K-12 applications, we are confident that we can help our customers not only meet but exceed their mass communications needs,” says Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s senior product manager.
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 sungard.com/K12.
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies. SunGard serves approximately 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries and has approximately 17,000 employees. 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 more than $4.0 billion, SunGard is one of the largest privately held IT software and services companies. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.
About One Call Now
One Call Now is America’s largest message notification provider. 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 is a District Administration Top 100 Product for Schools and is a member of Inc. Magazine’s Honor Roll, its list of the fastest growing privately held companies in America for six consecutive years. One Call Now is proud to support the Mission of Educators through free levy calls for schools, partnerships with anti-bullying organization Olweus, KidsReadNow.org, One Call Now’s national summer reading for elementary schools and the Safe School Helpline, a 24-hour counselor-manned crisis hotline. 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 – 0026