Fujitsu and Follett Partner to Deliver Innovative Student Information System to Ontario Schools in Canada

Streamlines many educational administrative tasks, making it easier for school districts to gather, access and analyze the data they need

January 29, 2019 - TORONTO — 

Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. (“Fujitsu”) today announced it has been named the Preferred Vendor for the Student Information System and Services (“SIS”) initiative through the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (“OECM”) and will deliver Follett’s Aspen Student Information System and related services to district school boards across Ontario.

Fujitsu is partnering with Follett of Canada, Inc. (“Follett”) to set up and manage the SIS software application, delivery environment and integrated platform with either Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or on-premise solutions, leveraging Follett’s Aspen platform in all cases. 

This secure, Web-based SIS is accessible through any common browser and mobile device with support for both English and French, and is provided with a full range of related services to offer a host of benefits. This will enable school districts, schools, teachers, parents and students to:

-Maintain a single, integrated record for each student from kindergarten to high school graduation
-Manage enrollment, grading, and course and teacher schedules
-Monitor students‘ progress and submit assignments online 
-Access educational support on an individual level 
-Enable communication between administrators, teachers and families on an ongoing basis
-Support government-mandated and ad hoc student reporting needs
-Allow collaboration between school districts in the Province to share learning, tools and materials

The system will drive significant efficiencies and cost savings for Ontario school boards, enabling integration of disparate systems and opportunities to share best practice. Fujitsu also will provide streamlined training programs and free webinars and demonstrations, which will be offered as part of the agreement.

“As more and more educators and families embrace digital technology to facilitate a growing number of learning and administrative tasks, Fujitsu is proud to help provide the solutions and tools that best serve their needs and the needs of their faculty and students,” said Sherry Casey, Head of Canada at Fujitsu. “With the new OECM agreement in place, we look forward to helping districts throughout Ontario spend less time with busy work and more time doing what they do best – educating our future leaders.”

“This newly awarded agreement with Fujitsu is a promising and momentous step towards realizing opportunities for greater collaboration and savings within Ontario’s education sector, and in achieving progress that aligns with the Auditor General’s recommendations,” said John Sabo, President and CEO of OECM. “Not only can school boards collaborate to save on integration and training costs, OECM’s involvement means greater long-term savings and productivity through consistent contract management, reliable service and competitive pricing.”

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with Fujitsu to show school boards across Ontario the value Aspen, our world-class student information system, can bring to administrators, teachers, parents and students,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “Aspen continues to prove to be the right choice for the world’s largest school systems, and we greatly look forward to this partnership.”

Note to editors
Aspen Student Information System: Follett’s centralized platform for hosting and managing student data. Aspen SIS safely and securely stores data like class schedules, school events, student performance, athletic eligibility, individual health records, and much more. Details: https://www.follettlearning.com/technology/products/student-information-system

Online resources
-Fujitsu Educational Technology Solutions: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/solutions/industry/education/
-Read the Fujitsu blog: http://blog.ts.fujitsu.com 
-Follow Fujitsu on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/FujitsuAmerica and https://twitter.com/fujitsucanada 
-Follow us on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/fujitsu-america and https://www.linkedin.com/company/fujitsucanada 
-Find Fujitsu on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Fujitsu and https://www.facebook.com/fujitsu.ca
-Fujitsu pictures and media server: http://mediaportal.ts.fujitsu.com/pages/portal.php
-For regular news updates, bookmark the Fujitsu newsroom: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/resources/news/

Media contacts
Fujitsu America, Inc. 
Bryan Hollar
408-746-6412
bryan.hollar@fujitsu.com
 
Follett School Solutions
Doug Thompson
541-419-4471
doug@thompsondrake.com

 
About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc.
Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. has been operating in Canada for more than 40 years, with more than 1,000 staff providing a broad range of services across the country. It is part of a group of Fujitsu-owned companies operating in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean dedicated to delivering the full range of Fujitsu products, solutions and services in ICT to our customers in the Western Hemisphere. These companies are collectively referred to as Fujitsu Americas.

Fujitsu enables clients to meet their business objectives through integrated offerings and solutions, including consulting, systems integration, managed services, outsourcing and cloud services for infrastructure, platforms and applications; data center and field services; and server, storage, software and mobile/tablet technologies. For more information, please visit: http://fujitsu.com/ca/en

About Follett of Canada, Inc.
Follett of Canada, Inc. understands the unique institutional needs and goals of Canadian educators across every province and territory, and provides education services designed to meet budgetary goals, manage student data, increase literacy, and support curriculum. When educators choose Follett, they turn to solutions such as Aspen Student Information System, a modern, flexible SIS that comprehensively manages student data; responds to customers’ ever-changing needs; offers a mobile-friendly, one-stop application for teachers and administrators; and keeps parents informed. Since 2014, Aspen has powered the provincially hosted student information system known as MyEducation BC, serving more than 600,000 students and over 40,000 educators in British Columbia. Other key Follett solutions include Destiny Library Manager, Titlewave, and Destiny Resource Manager. For more about Follett of Canada, visit www.follettlearning.com/about-us/geographic-reach/canada

About OECM
OECM is a trusted not-for-profit sourcing partner for Ontario's education sector, broader public sector, and other not-for-profit organizations. We contract with innovative, reputable suppliers to offer a comprehensive choice of quality products and services, to generate significant savings for our customers. Visit oecm.ca for more information.

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