Sydney, Australia -- September 14, 2009 -- Pearson Australia and VIP Tone jointly announced today a Heads of Agreement between the two companies enabling them to integrate and market their respective products and services to create the first end-to-end integration platform specifically designed for Australian schools.
VIP Toneís EduTone Xchange Platform provides single sign-on authentication for teachers, students and parents, to simplify access to online applications and services, as well as a web 2.0 social networking environment that encourages communication and collaboration within the education community.
"Our alliance with VIP Tone will help us with our strategic objective to extend our product offerings beyond traditional print material by providing schools with on-line access to Pearsonís vast pools of existing content and resources", said David Barnett, CEO of Pearson Australia. "The alliance with VIP Tone also allows us to better provide tailored digital content solutions developed in partnership with teachers and school communities."
"The integration and single delivery capabilities of the EduTone Xchange is the key to making this a unique offering for the Australian school community", continued Mr. Barnett, "Teachers always tell us that they are frustrated from the lack of integration across various online applications and services. We will solve this problem by creating a dedicated and customizable portal through which teachers and students will access individualized and integrated set of teaching and learning tools".
"We are truly excited about our alliance with Pearson Australia," said Robert Iskander, CEO of VIP Tone. "It allows us to quickly customize and enrich our EduTone Xchange solution for the Australian education market by developing new connectors to quality Australian online content as well as for the complete set of Pearsonís products and services."
"As Australian schools begin deploying their portals, our 100 plus existing application connectors will seamlessly integrate with each schoolís existing data management systems and allow administrators to provision applications on-demand", Mr. Iskander continued "This means that the schools will offer their
teachers and students a significantly enhanced educational environment without any increase in IT costs or administrative resources ".
About Pearson Australia
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson is the global leader in educational publishing, providing research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. Pearson is Australiaís leading publisher of textbooks and other learning products. We offer educators and students an un-rivaled range of products which quite literally change lives. As part of the Pearson Plc global publishing business we are committed to helping people learn at every stage of their life, from primary school all the way through to professional studies. Through our products and our exceptional level of service and support for educators, we help people realize the power of education in thousands of ways. For more information, visit the Pearson Australia website at www.pearson.com.au
About VIP Tone, Inc.
Serving over 3,600,000 students and over 100,000 teachers in over 7,000 schools around the globe, VIP Tone helps educators create world-class school environments with one integrated solution for their learning, communication and collaboration needs. VIP Tone's product set consists of School MATRIX, an education resource planning (ERP) solution and the EduTone Xchange, a state-of-the-art, Web 3.0 Platform-as-a-Service technology that enables on-demand, one-to-one Services Delivery in the Education Enterprise.
VIP Tone, Inc. (www.viptone.com) and its wholly-owned subsidiaries: EduTone Corporation (www.edutone.com) and VIP Tone Australia PTY, Ltd. (www.viptone.com.au) are privately held. VIP Tone is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in Australia.