Higher Education Community Gathers for Annual Event to Significantly Reduce Administrative Costs with Kuali ERP Open Source Software

(Scottsdale, Ariz. Nov. 14, 2013) – rSmart is previewing its full grant and research administration software suite at Kuali Days 2013, the company announces today. The company will provide a sneak peak into enhancements to its currently available grant administration product, Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus, along with a sneak peak at Cloud Enterprise for Kuali Coeus, rSmart’s sponsored programs solution for research-intensive institutions. Kuali Days, an annual event, brings together nearly one thousand higher education professionals to discuss ways to reduce cost, streamline business processes, and improve service to students, faculty, and staff through the use of Kuali ERP open source, community-developed software.

rSmart will demonstrate upcoming enhancements to Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus, rSmart’s grants management solution for small to mid-size institutions and primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), including:

Modernized user interface: Simplified grants administration with new easy-to-use interface.
On-the-Go-Access: Review, approve, and submit proposals from any web-enabled device or smartphone.
Easy 424 form creation and submission: New user interface that resembles the actual 424 forms Principle Investigators (PIs) use, making proposal creation easier, more accurate, and intuitive.

rSmart will also offer an advanced look at Cloud Enterprise for Kuali Coeus. Cloud Enterprise was built specifically for research-intensive, large colleges and universities to improve research administration efficiencies, meet compliance requirements, and reduce total cost of ownership. Cloud Enterprise will be generally available in early 2014.

“The rSmart Grant and Research Administration Cloud Suite solves a major challenge for small, mid-size, and research-intensive institutions by streamlining sponsored program management to help institutions maximize research and grant funding. In addition to showing off these research administration products, we’re participating in some great sessions to help new adopters and other attendees learn how they can benefit from the latest Kuali innovations,” said Chris Coppola, rSmart CEO.

rSmart will lead more than twenty Kuali Days sessions. Many of them illustrating how universities of all sizes are strategically using open source, community-developed Kuali ERP software to improve service to students, faculty, and staff, while significantly reducing administrative costs. Session highlights include:

What Would You Do with $83M?: A diverse panel of university and college CIOs discuss the factors that impact the cost of higher education ERP implementations and relate those factors to their experience with Kuali.
Kuali Adoption – The Tipping Point: Hear how the next wave of Kuali ERP adopters are using open source, community developed Kuali software to reduce administrative costs and keep their money in their mission.
Kuali in the Cloud and Superstorm Sandy: Learn how Stevens Institutes of Technology kept their financial management system running and secure in the rSmart Cloud during Superstorm Sandy.

As gold sponsor of the event, rSmart will be hosting party buses on Wednesday night, providing conference attendees the opportunity to explore the culture, history, and nightlife of San Diego. In addition to offering demos for Cloud Express and Cloud Enterprise, the rSmart booth will feature an iPad mini giveaway.

Kuali Days 2013 will be held November 18-21 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California. For more information or to register for Kuali Days, please visit www.kuali.org/kd/2013.

About rSmart
rSmart empowers colleges and universities to step away from traditional, proprietary enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and embrace community-driven, open source technologies. The company builds upon community-developed Kuali software adding key capabilities, cloud delivery, consulting services, and support for enterprise scale delivery. This sustainable approach enables rSmart customers to reduce cost and optimize business processes, freeing them from expensive, overly customized, and difficult to maintain legacy and proprietary software. Learn more at www.rsmart.com.

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