Skyward Strengths, Domain Expertise, and Key Differentiators
Skyward specializes in K–12 administrative software packages for schools to manage student information, human resources, financial management, food service, and special education. Skyward Student Management Suite supports flexible reporting and data mining capabilities, as well as administrative tools to manage student information by individual, school, and district.
Based on its coverage, Skyware is heavily represented in school districts in Washington, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan, meeting state-wide student data reporting requirements. Skyward uses Progress OpenEdge as its relational database in its software application.
Skyward Recent Developments
In February 2021, Skyward, an administrative software provider, announced a partnership with Red Rover, an absence management solution. The partnership will eliminate the need for manual entry of employee leave and substitute work for both Skyward SMS 2.0 and Qmlativ business platform customers. Skyward customers will be able to enter time off requests within Skyward which will then be redirected to Red Rover to complete the substitute request. In addition, Skyward customers can enter both time off and substitute requests in Red Rover and the information will pull into Skyward through different options based on the platform being used.
In September 2019, Skyward became a Google for Education Build Partner. As a Google for Education Build partner, Skyward will enable educators to conduct real-time grade syncs from Google Classroom to Skyward’s Gradebook solution in a beta program.
In August 2018, Skyward, an administrative software provider signed an agreement with two Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs), Region 10 and Region 12. The agreement will allow both ESCs to provide support and training for Skyward’s business and HR solutions as early as fall 2018. The previous seven-year partnership offered support and training to Skyward’s SIS customers.
Skyward Customers in ARTW Customer Database
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Number of Employees: 600
Skyward Key Enterprise and Cloud Applications
Skyward Student Management Suite, Skyward School Business Suite, Skyward Municipality Management Suite
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Skyward Customers - Breakdown by Geo, Size, Vertical and Product
No. of Skyward Customers: 2000
No. of Skyward Enterprise Applications Customers: 2000
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No. of Skyward Cloud Subscribers: 7000000
Skyward serves more than 2000 school districts. Among Skyward customers are Minnesota Districts, Duncanville Independent School District, Indiana School Districts, Central Fulton School District, Navasota ISD, Pleasant Grove ISD, Quinlan ISD, Central CUSD, Eastland CUSD, Frankfort School District, Silver Lake Joint School District #1, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, Hamblen County School District, Lake County Schools, Glendale - River Hills School District, Maple Dale - Indian Hills School District, Central Montco Technical High School, Colonial School District, East China School District, Fremont County Joint School District #15, Oostburg School District, Gadsden County Schools, Lewiston ISD, Upper Merion Area School District, Coon School District, Grattan School District, Haynor School District, Ionia ISD, North LeValley School District, Palo Community School District, Saranac School District, Threshold School District, Woodward Academy, KIPP Austin Public Schools, ARCH Academy, Sinton ISD, The Ranch Academy, Marion County School District, Montclair Public School District, Prodeo Academy, West Side Summit School, Urban Day Schools District, Northfield Township High School District #225, Union County School District, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, St.Brigid Catholic School District, Western CUSD 12, University of Texas at Tyler Charter School, Lyons Elementary School District, Bushnell Prairie CUSD, Indiana School For The Deaf, The Midland Academy, Ionia County ISD, Zuni Public School District, Atonement Lutheran School, Sinton Independent School District, Argos Community School District, New Boston ISD, Hooks ISD, Royal ISD, Kootenai Technical Education Center, Piper USD, Rantoul City School District 137, Fox Point- Bayside Joint School District 2, Lake Station Community Schools, Johnson City Schools and others.
Skyward Market Opportunities, M&A and Geo Expansions
In February 2020, Skyward founder Jim King announced the appointment of a new chairman of the board. In an email to employees on February 20, 2020, Jim King shared that the company’s board of directors had unanimously approved the selection of his son Jerry to succeed him as Skyward’s next chairman of the board. “It has been a privilege for me to serve as Skyward’s chairman of the board for the past 12 years,” said Jim King. “The time has come to pass the torch to the next generation and take some time to enjoy life. I’m confident that Jerry and the rest of the board and executive team will lead the company into the next phase of growth and success,” added King.
In August 2019, Skyward launched a new SIS and ERP self-assessment, DistrictCheck. The new tool, which was developed in partnership with GreyEd Solutions, conducts an inventory of existing administrative software and processes by gathering feedback from technology users in the district and presenting their responses in a data-driven evaluation.
In July 2019, Skyward is experiencing steady growth throughout Pennsylvania thanks to its new Qmlativ Education Management System platform. The company partnered with its first Pennsylvania district, in 2004, and now has 112 districts throughout the state using its software.
In November 2018, Skyward has released The Code Twins, a children’s book introducing coding concepts to young readers of all backgrounds.
In January 2017, Skyward introduced its Qmlativ Municipality Management Suite, the next evolution of the company’s ERP technology. The SQL-based platform features a revolutionary user experience, preemptive support measures, and a focus on the growth and development of every user. Skyward launched a Student Reward System that uses motivational methods to connect positive, real-life behaviors with rewards provided through its online software. The Student Reward System is a free integrated feature of the Skyward Student Management Suite, the first student information system on the market with this functionality. Skyward releases major software updates twice a year.
Skyward Risks and Challenges
Skyward’s current dispute with its home state of Wisconsin over the award of a $15 million contract to Infinite Campus, an out-of-state competitor, could turn into a contentious legal battle. Already Skyward has filed a protest with the state, insisting that its bid was lower than that from Infinite Campus, which is based in Blaine, MN. Skyward has been providing school administrative applications to half of the schools in Wisconsin and the loss of the contract could sharply curtail its presence in its home state.
Skyward Ecosystem, Partners, Resellers and SI
Skyward applications are currently used for select school districts in 22 US States (with very high concentrations in Washington and Wisconsin), as well as customers in Venezuela, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, China, Mexico, Switzerland, and India.
Skyward has strategic partnerships with AccountAbility, Advanced Processing & Imaging, Aesop, BMI Systems Group, Career Cruising, CRS Advanced Technology, Dell, e-Funds For Schools, infosnap, ISCorp, Nelco, Northern Business Products, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Orbit Software, Parchment, PaySchools, Phonemaster, Quill.com, Registration Gateway by SRC Solutions, RevTrak, School Technology Associates, SchoolMessenger, Staples/Corporate Express, Synrevoice SchoolConnects, Tools4ever’s Identity Management solution, Transfinder, Trapeze, VersaTrans, and WEA Trust.
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