Perth-based managed services provider and Insight subsidiary, Ignia, has been awarded a $2.6 million contract with the Western Australia (WA) Department of Education to develop and implement a student record management system.
The three-year contract allows for a two year extension and will see the Ignia team develop a new Microsoft-based software that will be owned by the WA Department of Education and will support the functions of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
The current system only manages the record for Years 11 and 12 whereas the new system will handle records of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
All schools in Western Australia, some international schools delivering Western Australian curriculum, and potentially all school students in the State will use the software.
A department's spokesperson told ARN that under the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Act 1997, the Authority is required to maintain a student record database.
"The Authority’s current student information records system is more than 10-years-old, not fit-for-purpose and unable to support storage and management of over 440,000 Kindergarten to Year 12 student records," the spokesperson said.
The new system will allow for data input from teachers, students and school administration staff. The system will also have the capability to collate data to deliver performance reviews, grades, awards, certification, statistical analysis and reporting.
The new system will support the increase in storage of records from 63,000 to more than 440,000. It will also support the storage and linkage of NAPLAN (National Assesment Program Literacy and Numeracy) achievement data.
The student record management system should also support analysis of kindergarten to Year 12 (K – 12) formative and summative student achievement data, individual student, school, system/sector and state level reporting across K–12 and external and internal assessments.
“We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract with the Department of Education following a lengthy and thorough review of potential partners," Ignia executive general manager, Phil Rickson, told ARN. "The education sector is of strategic importance to Ignia and we have a number of industry leading solutions including “Smart Campus”.
"To have the opportunity to continue driving innovation in K-12 allows us to further deepen our expertise and provide real value to our clients, teachers and students alike. Following our acquisition by Insight, we’re achieving great success in education across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and wins such as this will continue to contribute to that success and growth,” Rickson added.
The tender was posted on 20 January 2017 and closed on 5 May 2017 with the contract being awarded to Ignia on 12 March 2018.
Ignia was acquired by fellow Microsoft partner, Insight Enterprises, in September 2016. A few days following the acquisition, Ignia won Microsoft Australia awards for excellence in cloud platform and excellence in industry platform and innovation.
In January 2017, Ignia director Joshua Boys left the company to join Microsoft as its new Azure lead. In April the same year, Insight vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific, Andrea Della Mattea left the company also to join Microsoft. She moved to Singapore where she took on the Asia Pacific vice president of operations role.
In September 2017, Insight Enterprises appointed Pat Murphy as executive general manager of Australia and New Zealand, in a newly created local role for the consulting and managed services provider.
The internal reshuffle saw the industry veteran vacate his role as general manager of APAC Services, a role he has held since January 2014.