SOURCE: Timecruiser Computing Corp

May 02, 2005 09:35 ET

Datatel, Inc. and Timecruiser Computing Corp. Renew Portal Partnership

Expanded Integration of CampusCruiser® Portal and Datatel® Colleague® Offers Continued Benefits for Client Institutions

FAIRFAX, VA, and FAIRFIELD, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2005 -- Datatel, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions and professional services for higher education, and Timecruiser Computing Corp., the developer of CampusCruiser, a full-featured higher education enterprise portal application, today announced the renewal of the companies' long-standing partnership.

The partnership, which began in 1999, provides Datatel clients with seamless integration between the CampusCruiser e-learning portal and component modules, and Datatel's Colleague enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The continuation of this partnership focuses on further developing and supporting the integration between the companies' technologies.

"Due to streamlined data exchange processes, many institutions are now able to provide services to their constituents via the Web with much greater ease," said Kyran Kennedy, Datatel director of Partner Programs. "The integration of CampusCruiser and Colleague enables clients to continue improving the way they serve their constituents."

With CampusCruiser, colleges and universities are able to provide students, faculty, and staff with numerous tools for Web supported courses, communication, collaboration and community building. The CampusCruiser Academics Module has been used in over 400,000 classes in the US since 2002. Timecruiser provides these applications via unique Application Service Provider (ASP) technology that enables greater return on investment for its customers due to the savings from shared costs in hardware, software, and maintenance.

"Many colleges realize they stand to gain more value by including seasoned third-party experts in their Web services provisioning, rather than facing the high costs of testing, maintaining and supporting applications in-house," said Allen Wang, CEO of Timecruiser. "Given the off-campus ASP location, the integration solutions pioneered by the Datatel/Timecruiser partnership provide colleges and universities a unique opportunity to fully enjoy the benefits of Internet-based applications, with less operational and budgetary impact."

About Datatel, Inc.

Datatel, an employee-owned company, is a leading provider of fully integrated enterprise information management solutions for higher education. Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, the company has over 650 client institutions throughout North America. For more than 25 years, Datatel has exclusively focused on meeting the needs of colleges and universities, helping institutions operate more efficiently so they may better serve their constituents.

About the CampusCruiser Portal System

The CampusCruiser portal system has been specifically designed to meet the needs of higher education. Using CampusCruiser, students, alumni, faculty and school administrators can use the Internet-based solution to collaborate and exchange information regarding all aspects of collegiate life, including courses, campus events, college services, career services and alumni information. CampusCruiser is delivered via the ASP (Application Service Provider) model, meaning that customers don't have to setup, manage or upgrade servers to provide portal services: all portal functions are delivered from Timecruiser's professionally managed data center. CampusCruiser offers higher education institutions the following product and service features:

--  A complete e-mail solution and personal productivity suite, a group
    module fit with bulletin boards, chat rooms, and an Academics Module with
    an integrated grade book, journal tool and traditional coursework
    management solutions. Colleges using CampusCruiser are able to target
    students with key information using campus-wide email, calendars, news and
    announcements.
--  Supports open standards and readily integrates with third-party campus
    information systems, including student information system (ERP) and course
    management systems (CMS).
--  CampusCruiser modules can be deployed as a complete portal solution or
    as individual modules to add value to an existing portal environment.
--  CampusCruiser can be up, integrated and running in 4 weeks or less.
    
About Timecruiser Computing Corporation

Timecruiser Computing Corporation, known for its innovative Web community calendaring technology since 1995, is a leading developer of enterprise portal solutions for educational institutions. TCC's award-winning product family is endorsed by major industry leaders and has been adopted nationwide by schools, colleges and universities such as Widener University, North Harris Montgomery Community College District, Keene State College, Fresno Pacific University, Suffolk University and is the portal chosen by the North Carolina Community College System. Timecruiser enjoys servicing over 2.5 Million students annually and has hosted over 400,000 classes since 2002. For additional information, visit, CampusCruiser at http://www.campuscruiser.com, or call 877-450-9482.

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