Australian Web-based software provider, Acryn, has won a $35 million deal with Intel to take its internet education portal to the US.
The portal aims to help educators deal with tech-savvy students using a Web 2.0 interface with educational and collaborative tools, while allowing parents and teachers to monitor and manage marks, assignments and behaviour.
Under the deal the portal will be co-branded with Intel and installed in 1200 schools in Oregon. Other US states, including Alabama, have also expressed interest in the solution.
Acryn CEO, Cameron Clark, said the win was the most significant to date for the vendor.
"Intel found us. Oregon and Intel went on a worldwide search for a solution to its education needs some two years ago, and we were selected at the end of it," Clark said.
"We've had plans to enter overseas markets, but it happened a lot faster than we expected."
The deal comes on the back of the Acryn solution being adapted for office use and implemented in the NEC software-as-a-service solution that was launched last week, Clark said. The same base software is also being used for aged care solutions.
"We've got plans to go into Europe, specifically the UK, and Asia in due course," Clark said. "For now though, we're focused on completing the US installation."