IRIS Software Group acquires school management system, iSAMS

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IRIS Software Group, one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies, today announces the acquisition of iSAMS, a fully integrated online school management system.

Designed to broaden the reach of IRIS’ education portfolio, iSAMS is closely aligned with the group’s vision to be the most trusted provider of mission-critical software and services. iSAMS provides management information system (MIS) solutions to over 500 UK independent schools and over 500 international schools in 80 countries.

iSAMS complements IRIS’s goal of being at the heart of school management, ensuring education leaders stay ahead of regulatory changes; streamline school management by automating mundane and complex operational tasks to drive success; and engage employees, parents and students to exchange important information and build valuable relationships.

Kevin Dady, Executive Chairman of IRIS Software Group, said: “As part of our growth strategy, we continue to identify opportunities for expansion both domestically and internationally.

“Nationally, we are seeing a growing need for schools to not only move to a SaaS environment for finance, HR and payroll, but also to increase their engagement with parents, provide more detailed reporting and create more efficient and paperless administrative systems.

“IRIS’ heritage, combined with its more than 11,000 school customers, investments in cloud technology and industry expertise will help iSAMS in the next phase of its growth.

Alastair Price, Managing Director of iSAMS comments: “IRIS shares our vision for the next stage of growth. Its experience in the education market makes it the ideal partner. Leadership and culture support completes the next chapter in the iSAMS story. We are delighted that IRIS is investing in the business, furthering our commitment to service excellence for our customers around the world.

iSAMS is a web-based management information system used by everyone involved in a school, from data and staff administrators to students and parents with a range of reporting and engagement tools. These modules handle all aspects of administration to help schools run efficiently – including admissions, academic reporting and tracking, exams, welfare, communication, HR, fee billing and accounting.


On IRIS Software Group

IRIS Software Group is one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies. It exists to take the pain out of the process and allow professionals working in businesses and schools to focus on the work they love.

IRIS provides software solutions and services to finance, human resources and payroll teams, educational organizations and accounting firms that help them comply with regulations, boost productivity and better interact with key stakeholders. . By simplifying, automating and providing insight into daily critical tasks for organizations of all shapes and sizes, IRIS ensures that customers can look to the future with certainty and confidence.

IRIS has over 120,000 UK and international clients, 80% of whom have tenures of five years or more. IRIS is the UK’s largest online third-party filer. Around 20% of the UK workforce is paid through IRIS payroll offerings. Over 850,000 UK employees are managed by IRIS HR solutions. Over 11,000 UK schools and academies use IRIS, and four million parents and carers use IRIS apps to connect to their children’s school; 300 million messages are passed between schools and parents every year, and over £15 million in transactional payments are processed every month. IRIS is placed in the Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 and the Megabuyte50.

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Jeremy S. McLain