New software promises to simplify life for Australian students

A partnership between TechnologyOne (ASX: TNE) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has resulted in the development of new software that promises to simplify tasks for thousands of students and university staff across Australia.

The software, originally developed by QUT, will be released as a module of TechnologyOne's award winning Student Management solution and provides real time integration with other university systems.

Termed the "Application Event Module", the software recognises certain student activities, such as enrolment or payment of fees, and triggers immediate messaging between other systems like the library or finance system, so students can borrow books and pay fees straight away.

40,000 students are already using QUT's custom-built version of the software after the university recognised a need for immediate data exchange between systems when they moved to a service oriented architecture (SOA) environment.

QUT Administrative Systems Coordinator Ian McDonald said there were many systems across a university that played an integral role in supporting students and information needed to be accurate and up-to-date all the time.

"Every time someone logs on to their student portal, the information displayed will be in real time and any changes will be immediately recognised and updated in all integrated systems across the university," Mr McDonald said.

"With students more easily able to manage their personal records online, the software eliminates the need for staff to manually update multiple systems that can often take days.

"QUT custom-built the software in-house to enhance the TechnologyOne Student Management system which was already being used.

"Over the past 12 months we have collaborated with TechnologyOne to build it directly into their solution to make it available to other universities across Australia."

TechnologyOne Executive Chairman Adrian Di Marco said the development of the software was another example of how the company partnered with its long-term customers to maintain the evolution of its suite of cutting edge products.

"Online services are a vital part of business for universities and students expect to be able to access real time information," Mr Di Marco said.

"The advanced systems integration behind the new software allows them to respond to this demand.

"TechnologyOne has a 50% share of the Australian university software market and we anticipate most of our existing customers already using the Student Management software will adopt the Application Event module by the end of 2011.

"TechnologyOne has a long term history of collaboration with QUT and other universities and we continually look for opportunities to evolve products to meet customers' changing needs."