The need for accurate data to education and national planning cannot be overemphasized. In line with this, Sidmach Technologies joined forces with tech giant, Microsoft, to launch its cloud solutions, signaling it plans to sign up 20,000 schools within the next twelve months.
The Sidmach Cloud solutions are expected to assist enable organizations and individuals improve productivity, grow revenue, reduce operational costs, reach new markets and improve efficiency for educational and health institutions in the country.
The cloud platform offers a host of custom solutions including SmartSchool, School Safety Portal, APMIS together with Microsoft flagship offerings like Office 365, Skype for business, Azure and others.
Speaking at a press conference to unveil the cloud solutions in Lagos, Mr. Peter Arogundade, managing director, Sidmach Technologies, noted that this is an era of digital transformation for businesses and what the cloud platforms enables businesses to do is to operate without boundaries.
“Our SmartSchool is an effective, reliable, and affordable school management solutions developed totally in compliance with UNESCO and Nigerian Government education policy framework. It simplifies and improves school administration,” the MD said.
Speaking further on another of the solutions, Mr Arogundade said that the All-Purpose Medical Information Solution (APMIS) is an innovative, affordable, Medical Information System which connects all stakeholders on a single platform to harness the values that are inherent in seamless connectivity of health service delivery, education, research and administration.
He stated that, “APMIS is more than just a hospital information management software. It mitigates the challenges associated with information for hospital owners, healthcare professionals, caregivers, patients, government, health maintenance organisations, intervention agencies such as WHO, UNICEF and other stakeholders in the health sector.”
Mr Arogundade said schools will be able to use this cloud platform for free till the end of the current session and will only need to subscribe from next session.
On her part, Oluwawemimo Adeniyi, director, Small Midmarket Solutions and Partners Group, Microsoft Nigeria, noted that this is in line with Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program, designed to strengthen customer relationships and expand cloud sales opportunities by enabling partners to provide direct billing, sell combined offers and services, as well as directly provide, manage and support products and services.
The implication, according to Mrs Adeniyi is that Sidmach Technologies owns the complete customer lifecycle, allowing it to easily sell her Solutions and Microsoft offerings which includes but not limited to Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 subscriptions and helping customers drive new business value through the cloud by owning the entire billing process and directly managing support.
Also speaking, Mr. Michael Olajide, executive director, Sales Market, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, said that the company was motivated to develop the solution (smartschool) in lieu of the need for reliable data to assist government and school proprietors to make informed decisions and plan for the future.
According to him, “On the course of our research we discovered there are State with registered and unregistered schools, which shows that proper record management is paramount to assist them perform better. Thus, our target is to register about 20,000 schools within the next one year. The moment a school adopts the smartschool it covers the proprietor, teachers, students and parents/guidance and the key purpose is for each of the stakeholder to perform better”.
However, Mr. Chijioke Ekeh, chairman of the Company said that the solution has developed in the simplest form to enable easy navigation and enhance adoption.
Mr. Ekeh said, “In the process of putting the smartschool solution together, it took a lot of brainstorming to come up with the simple and effective solution. We took note of the fact that not all is tech savvy; thus, we make bold to say that the average literate person can use the platform”.
Sidmach also added that the smartschool solution will enable schools focus on their core-competences while the platform takes charge of the curriculum and some administrative responsibilities off their shoulders.