Raman aims to make schools paperless

By : |July 30, 2004 0

CHENNAI: If Bangalore-based Raman Infotech has its way, more that 400 schools in southern India states may turn paperless by the end of this year. Besides chalking out an aggressive channel strategy to promote the concept and sell its institution management software Edusys, the company has also announced an introductory offer of Rs 29,950. The special(nearly 50 percent) discount on the product however, will be valid till December 2004.

The company claims Edusys has been designed to help institutions optimize their functioning, streamline their activities and aims at organizing and managing information on students, teachers and the management.

According company’s managing director SV Venkatesh, while educational institutions spend more than needed time and resources in managing data dealing with their administrative work, the product will help schools connect all stakeholders by providing easy monitoring and control of all activities. "With this software, parents can keep track of students activity by getting real-time access to grades, attendance, account balance, homework, schedules and other activities," he added.

According to the company, the Windows based Edusys supports five languages- English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada-and comes in three modules, academic, administration and accounts. The company also wants to make the product available on web by November this year when it plans to launch a newer, second version of Edusys.

On the channel front, the company has decided to have at least 10 partners in each state. While this is aimed at making sure the company reaches out to various schools in the region, it has also decided to offer a very high 20 percent margin to channel partners. "Since this product needs lot of input and effort from channel partners, we have priced the product in a way to ensure such margin for them. Besides, it will also motivate them to sell this product and establish good relations with educational institutions," said Venkatesh.

The company is targeting 400 schools in southern India within next two quarter through the channel route. It also hopes to generate business through direct sale to bigger accounts and hopes to register revenues of Rs 2.2 crore by the end of year 2004.

The company already has 40 installations so far. It also plans to set up a call center for support services once they reach the critical installation base of 100 schools.

Looking forward, Raman Infotech also wants to take the product global, especially to the Middle East, South Africa and UK.

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