Jade signs Indian software export deal

Software to be deployed in 100 education centres by the end of the year

Jade Software’s Indian partner, CMC, has signed an agreement to sell Jade’s student management system throughout India.

CMC will deploy a customised version of the software in its education and training centres.

Initially, this will involve 25 centres in the region around Mumbai, growing to 100 centres, with more than 50,000 students, by the end of the year.

CMC is part of the huge Tata group, which has annual revenues of more than $US55 billion. CMC has more than 4,000 staff, revenues in excess of $US275 million, and offices throughout India, as well as in the US, UK and Dubai.

There are more than 20,000 universities and colleges in India.

Jade developed its student management system in 1999. New Zealand users include the University of Canterbury, Manukau Institute of Technology, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, and Otago Polytechnic. The current 4.5 version was released in April and 4.6 is due to be released in October.

CMC plans to offer the software as a turn-key solution in India, and to make it available as software as a service. The application will be installed and supported by CMC staff trained in Christchurch by Jade, which will train 25 more CMC employees in Mumbai later this year.

Jade CIO John Ascroft says CMC has the capability, and the relationships, to deliver solutions to the Indian market which it would not be possible for Jade to do by itself.

Last year, Jade signed a memorandum of understanding with CMC to deliver Jade solutions in India, Asia, the Middle East and North America. The student management system agreement is the first major deal resulting from the partnership.