Student Information Systems

PowerSchool Acquisition Expands SIS Platform With Enterprise Resource Planning Tools

The company recently acquired administrative software solutions company SunGard K–12. More than 100 million educators, parents and teachers now have access to a comprehensive and integrated platform that includes SIS, ERP and PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom platform.

PowerSchool, a K–12 education software company, Thursday unveiled the acquisition of SunGard K–12 from FIS, a provider of financial services technology. Through the acquisition, PowerSchool is merging its student information system (SIS) and Unified Classroom platforms with the SunGard K–12’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

School districts can now streamline business and HR processes on a single platform. “By adding further capabilities in accounting, payroll and benefits administration, procurement, employee management and compliance and professional development to PowerSchool’s already comprehensive offering, school districts finally have an end-to-end, unified platform that will drive efficiency and productivity of K–12 schools and all constituents, administrators, teachers and principals by giving them greater visibility and more control over staffing, finance, investments, compliance data and processes,” according to a company statement.

Ami Fogle, technology specialist business services at Blue Springs School District in Missouri, said in a statement that she was pleased to hear about the acquisition. “We have been using the SunGard K–12 business solution (ERP) since 1993 and have used the PowerSchool SIS since 2009. To know these two robust solutions will now work together will make running things at Blue Springs School District even more seamless," she said.

SunGard K–12's school administrative software is used by more than 1,400 school districts across the country. PowerSchool estimated the acquisition will impact nearly 100 million educators, students and parents using the PowerSchool SIS. The company did not disclose the exact amount it paid for SunGard K–12, but it has spent $850 million over the last 18 months to acquire companies like Chalkable, Haiku Learning, Infosnap, Interactive Achievement, SRB Education Solutions and Tienet, reported Sacramento Business Journal.

To learn more about the acquisition, watch the video below with PowerSchool CEO Hardeep Gulati and SunGard K–12 CCO Adam Eberle. Further information is available on the PowerSchool site.

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