(Irvine, Calif., Aug. 15)–Gateway, Inc., the nation’s third-largest PC company, today announced that it has been selected by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as the hardware vendor for the Business Tools for Schools (BTS) project. The agreement is for more than 1,200 Gateway E-4500 desktop PCs with 17-inch LCD monitors.
Gateway will provide computers and monitors to more than 1,100 schools in the nation’s second largest school district. The PCs will be used to operate LAUSD’s Systems, Application and Products (SAP) software program that manages various business functions such as payroll, accounts receivables, accounts payable, facilities, human resources and supply chain.
“LAUSD, through its Business Tools for Schools Project is leveraging the latest technology to streamline the business processes used by teachers, administrators and staff,” said Vin Riera, vice president of public sector, Gateway. “We are proud that our robust desktop systems and sleek displays will be running the district’s new SAP software program, ultimately bringing more efficiency and productivity to LAUSD.”
About Business Tools for Schools
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Business Tools for Schools (BTS) project, formerly known as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), kicked off on June 27, 2005. This project is a 27-month implementation of the SAP software.
The SAP systems will help LAUSD improve many processes and functions, including access to resources and school information, workflow and integrated systems, and communications within and between schools in the district. It will allow principals to hire new teachers and staff using web tools, make purchases from vendors and the LAUSD warehouse, and monitor spending and budget balances in a timely manner.
The core SAP modules will roll out in three major releases. In addition to integrating the district’s disparate systems, SAP will improve both business and financial processes to better meet the needs of schools. The first release was scheduled to go live in July 2006, with the next releases planned for December 2006 and July 2007.
For more information about Business Tools for Schools and other LAUSD applications, visit the district’s website at www.lausd.net.
From ultra-reliable desktops, notebooks and servers to comprehensive services, Gateway has served organizations for 20 years. Gateway makes technology purchase, use and support simple through the programs developed for education, government and business customers. The company’s ProNet Partner Program brings channel-friendly benefits to help solution providers strengthen and grow their businesses. Gateway customers include many of the world’s leading organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the University of Arizona, state of California, state of New York and others. For more information on Gateway Professional solutions, visit http://www.gateway.com/business.
Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs, servers and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. Gateway is the third largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. See http://www.gateway.com for more information.