Kingsworth International School, based in Paris, is relatively new and expanding rapidly, having opened a second school at the beginning of 2016, with further expansion envisaged thereafter. They required an accounting system that offered the ability to scale as the school grows whilst minimising the capital outlay from the beginning. They also wanted to future-proof their IT strategy and to maximise workflow efficiencies, by ensuring the accounts system was fully integrated into their MIS system. This needed to be flexible enough to integrate into any further IT systems they may implement in the future.
Kingsworth International selected AccountsIQ due to its flexible pricing model with no up-front capital costs, and which allowed them to only pay for the schools they required on the system from day one. They liked the SaaS pricing model, selecting and paying only for the functionality they required. As the school expands they can add functionality as required to the accounting system and use it for additional new schools, ensuring they only pay for what they use and keeping cost to a minimum during the start-up and expansion phase.
Kingsworth International also liked the fact that AccountsIQ has a full integration and partnership with iSAMS school administration software. The accounting and MIS systems are fully integrated and supported on an ongoing basis. Being dynamically linked, any changes made in iSAMS automatically update AccountsIQ and vice versa. The first class hosting and support of the integration gives Kingsworth International the peace of mind that the two systems work in conjunction at all times. As more and more schools look to Cloud hosting for their software services, the iSAMS and AccountsIQ partnership offers schools cutting-edge technologies designed specifically for Independent Schools.
Tony Standing, Director of Information at Kingsworth International School, explained: “When we set out on our journey to implement a new accounting system for the Kingsworth Group of Schools, ease of use, integration with our current MIS, friendly relations and great customer service were top of our pre-requisites. With AccountsIQ, we have all of that and more. The team at AccountsIQ have been outstanding; from our initial contact and discussions, right the way through to helping our finance department implement the system in the best way for us. AccountsIQ is a system that is adapted for our needs, rather than us adapting to its capabilities, indeed its capabilities and possibilities are huge.”