The CECV’s ‘school-administration-as-a-service’ platform will be hosted in Australia by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is designed to help improve management and reporting for nearly 500 primary and secondary Catholic schools representing 200,000 Victorian students.
Infosys Jackie Korhonen, Senior Vice President and Country Head, Australia & New Zealand said a cloud-based model was selected to help CECV reduce IT infrastructure cost and maintenance effort, and to provide a ‘pay-as-you-go’ flexibility for the school system, helping to add new functionality and scale in the future, without significant up-front investment.
“We are seeing tremendous interest from clients in every sector – from Australia’s largest corporations to government and educational enterprises – to harness the cost, agility and efficiency advantages of moving to the cloud.
Korhonen said that currently the 486 schools in the CECV system manage administration in a largely manual and decentralised fashion, and the new platform will help standardise and automate activities such as financial reporting and records management, reducing administration time and improving accuracy and timeliness of reporting.
Under the contract, the initial implementation will establish the foundation technology and administration layer for CECV’s Integrated Catholic Online Network (ICON) platform, delivering school administration, IT infrastructure, systems integration and identity management functions. Future enhancements will add e-learning and business intelligence functionality.
Korhonen said Infosys will be responsible for establishing and managing the entire platform, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications as well as infrastructure - Software as a Service (SaaS) - and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), respectively.
Stephen Elder, Executive Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, said the new platform will reduce high infrastructure costs and reduce manual reporting and administration.
“This will free staff up to focus on what matters most in schools – educating the children in our care. This new cloud-based platform from Infosys will also create an important foundation for us to grow our digital capabilities in the future, such as increased inter-school collaboration for teachers and students, and self-service portals for parents.”
Infosys says the solution will meet or exceed Australian and Victorian standards for data security and privacy, including the ‘Whole of Victorian Government Security Management Framework’ as well as Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 Information Privacy Principles.