d6 Technology and Principal Software are joining Forces

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We are pleased to announce that the education divisions of both Principal Software and d6 Technology have officially joined forces to set the standard for innovation in school management. As of 1 March 2017, the two companies will create a new brand called d6 education and will service more than 2,500 schools across South Africa and abroad.   d6 education is all about assisting schools to be more effective and will provide schools with comprehensive consultation through various training initiatives, innovative solutions through the use of technology and most importantly, quality support and guidance. d6 education’s comprehensive consultation will give schools access to a range of training initiatives including compliance (specifically SA-SAMS related), financial management and budgeting.   Our innovative technology consists of proudly South African developed products including the well known d6 School Communicator, a comprehensive communication tool between the school and its parents, and also Principal+, a fully integrated cloud based school administration, curriculum, finance and communication system.   Together these two products support our more than 2,500 schools throughout South Africa and abroad. We are excited about the opportunities to accelerate our leadership in the fast-growing next-generation Education market. Our companies already share many customers and business partners, and we intend to enhance and expand these essential relationships.   Existing clients of both d6 Technology and Principal Software will continue to enjoy the products they are currently making use of and will now have access to our extraordinary portfolio of additional products and services.   We are dedicated to maintaining and increasing the quality of innovation, support, and service that you have come to expect from both d6 Technology and Principal Software. With a dedicated account management team across South Africa, we will make sure that we continue to focus on improving our products and services to schools.   Both Principal Software and d6 Technology are very grateful to our partners and customers for their support and loyalty, and we greatly appreciate the relationship. Looking forward to continuing our contribution towards #effectiveschools.   Yours sincerely   Willem Kitshoff   Managing Director   d6 education   Setting the standard for Innovation in School Management  

10th day Headcount Submissions: “High waves and deep waters”

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January started with a BANG and the annual 10th-day headcount submission arrived rather quickly. With many questions and few official answers, we prepared as best we could for the uncharted SA-SAMS “waters” due to a data standard we are required to comply with for all our systems in 2017. Things gained momentum rapidly and massive waves became our immediate reality.

Communication+ Module Promotion

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We are running an exciting promotion on the Communication+ Module! If you launch the Principal Talk App at your school before 28 February 2017, you will get both the Activation and Software as a Service fee for the Communication+ Module free up until the end of December 2017. For more information contact: sales@principalsoftware.co.za *note this is only applicable to the school’s Activation and Service fees and not the parent’s subscriptions.

Achieving 100% Compliance!

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Principal Software is proud to announce that three of our clients have already achieved a 100% compliance for their district and Online DDD submissions to the National DBE Dashboard website during 2016.

A highlight is that Laerskool Hennopsrivier and Park Senior School obtained the highly sought after ‘Green Icon’ for all required metrics for the Year End submission (Term 4). This is a notable achievement that indicates a 100% correctness, completeness and accuracy of their data on the Principal PLUS System.

Well Done to Laerskool Fontainebleau, Laerskool Hennopsrivier and Park Senior School on this Legendary Result!!

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Communication+ Module Promotion

Written by Principal Software. Posted in News

We are running an exciting promotion on the Communication+ Module! If you launch the Principal Talk App at your school before 28 February 2017, you will get both the Activation and Software as a Service fee for the Communication+ Module free up until the end of December 2017. For more information contact: sales@principalsoftware.co.za handphone-app*note this is only applicable to the school’s Activation and Service fees and not the parent’s subscriptions.   8dc183a4-07b1-4e60-8707-0c73c387f227

Welcome to Multi-channel Communication!

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Never before has school communication been easier! With Multi-Channel Communication, messages can be simultaneously sent to various combinations of Parents, Learners, Staff, Groups, Debtors or Outside Contacts via Principal Talk, Email and SMS.

As one of fifteen delivery methods, schools can choose “Least Cost Routing”. The system will then analyse a list of recipients and automatically find the most cost effective way of delivering a message either by Email, SMS or Principal Talk.

Schools can add multiple attachments to messages and send it via Principal Talk, Email and SMS!

In Summary, Multi-Channel Communication is:

Simpler

  • Send one message to different subsets of Parents, Learners, Staff, Groups, Debtors or Outside Contacts simultaneously.
Cost Effective
  • The system chooses the most economical method of communication for each individual recipient. E.g. a message to parents will be sent to 60% of parents via the Principal Talk app, to 35% via email and to the rest via sms.
More Versatile
  • Multiple Attachments can be sent per message, either via Principal Talk, Email or even SMS!
  • Communicate to a wide range of pre-defined debtor groups (per age or balance).
Complete Communication
  • The system automatically flags those recipients that have no registered communication channel for quick rectification.
Explore the new integrated Multi-Channel Communication function under:

My School | Communication

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Provincial Compliance Training

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img_20161103_090547 The Principal Software compliance team have recently completed a very successful Provincial Compliance Training Road Trip, which included Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape, North-West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Johannesburg between the 18th of October and the 8th of November 2016. We were privileged to visit our clients in the different regions where we were able to share all the new compliance information with regards to our system and SA-SAMS. We are proud to announce that more than 100 schools have been trained in total since we started presenting our Compliance Workshops in Gauteng and now all over the country. We hope that this will be a recurring event as we gained just as much insight into the lives of the Schools in the different provinces as they gained from our Workshops.

This is How the Principal Talk App supports our Schools

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With the launch of our Principal Talk application earlier this year, we as Principal Software recommitted ourselves to helping our schools be more effective. Schools are our clients but they are more than that, we consider them part of the Principal Software family.

The launch of Principal Talk gives schools an easy, cost efficient method of two-way communication between itself and parents. Never before has it been simpler, faster or cheaper to get information from or to relevant parties. Furthermore, the various channels of communication come at no cost to parents.

What makes Principal Talk even more unique, however, is its ability to give parents, who choose to buy a subscription, access to child-specific information such as Marks, Absenteeism, Disciplinary Record and Financial Information. It is here that we made good on our promise to treat our schools like part of our family. We undertook to give a share of  the proceeds received from parents for the app’s premium features BACK TO OUR SCHOOLS! In this way, we hope to make our school management system “pay for itself” from the schools perspective. The more parents that make use of the premium features, the more money to the school.

Expansion through Partnerships

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Principal Software is committed to growing its schools client base and support structures nationally.For this to be possible, however, we need to expand our sales, implementation, consultation and support capabilities. Over the past few months, we have developed a partnership model whereby companies around South Africa can choose to become an accredited Partner of Principal Software. This enables them to build a profitable business and perform any of the following tasks:
  1. Sales – Selling our software to schools for which they receive a once-off and recurring commission.
  2. Implementation – Implement our software at schools for which they receive an implementation fee based on the modules implemented.
  3. Consultation and Support – Consult and support our schools in the region where the partner is situated.
We are planning on expanding our Partner footprint to ensure that we provide our schools with great service no matter where they are located. Our current accredited partners are situated in Johannesburg and Pretoria you can contact us for more details. We are also expanding our partnership in the Cape Town / Stellenbosch / Paarl region and we will communicate our new Accredited Partner’s contact details as soon as they are ready to start serving our schools. Please let us know if you would like to suggest companies that might be interested in the opportunity of becoming an Accredited Principal Software Partner.

The Launch of our Mobile App – Principal Talk

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About the App: Our integrated mobile app called Principal Talk has finally been launched. With technology moving towards cloud-based solutions, Principal Talk has been developed as an extension of Principal Software’s cloud-based “PLUS” Administration, Finance and Communication Platform. Other than News, Calendar, School Contacts, Roles and Policies features, the Principal Talk Communicator App also includes the following features for users:
  • User authentication – only parents linked to  a school can get access to the App (au-pairs and other family can also be included via OTP (One-time-pin) authentication to existing parents
  • Users (Parents) are automatically linked to committees or groups where their kids are involved
  • Direct access to view the school’s Account Statement – in summary and per learner separately
  • Directly react to queries from school(s), effectively doing away with the traditional ‘tear-off’ slips
  • Update their personal information on the school database directly from the App – a full history of previous details is always available to the school
  • Request changes to learner data via the App
  • Make general enquiries to the school and receive feedback, all on the App
  • Report learner absenteeism with optional addition of medical documentation
  • View Child-specific content (billed per parent by Principal Software):
    • Learner Marks
    • Learner Discipline
    • Learner Finances
    • Learner Absenteeism
Apart from the functionalities offered, Principal Talk can also generate additional income for the school through sharing the revenue generated from the fees charged to the parents for their access to child specific information. What does the app cost? A once off activation fee of R1,000 will be charged per school but will be credited against the school’s sms account when the app is successfully launched. The school will then be charged a monthly fee, based on the number of learners in the school. Parents can also download the free version of Principal Talk to access school content, with child-specific content optionally available at R20 per month. A percentage of this fee is shared with the school as a fundraising project. For more information, please send an email to: sales@principalsoftware.co.za or call us on: 012 612 0612