The Australasian Syllabus Plus Reference Group (ASPRG) Conference is upon us once more. Staff on both sides of the equator are gearing up to ensure that their contribution is worthy of this excellent user-led event, says Richie Teh, Regional Manager ANZ.
And it is truly user-led: unlike Scientia’s EMEAA User Conference, which is organised by the Company (albeit with the generous support of a user steering committee), ASPRG is independently-organised; we are merely invited guests!
ASPRG started life as a peer-support network for Scientia software users based in Australia. Now in its 22nd year, the Group has grown from just a handful of universities to more than 95% of all universities in ANZ. Hosted by a different institution each year, its annual gathering shows that, even in the modern era of easy remote communication, nothing beats a physical get-together for sharing innovation and best practice with our solutions. It’s also an opportunity for fellow Timetablers to swap stories from the scheduling frontline – “a three-day therapy session,” according to a colleague!
This year, ASPRG is generously hosted by the University of Queensland (UQ) at its St Lucia Campus in Brisbane. A Scientia client for more than 5 years, UQ is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions with over 51,000 students. Over three days, Scientia software users will get to hear insightful user presentations about how our solutions deliver measurable benefit ‘on the ground’ – interwoven with the latest company and product developments from the Scientia team. I’m really looking forward to the user presentations; hearing about the unique ways each institution uses our software drives innovation and progress within the Company.
On a personal level, I’m also excited about my session on Clocks – short for Classroom Occupancy System. Developed by our Dutch partners, Lone Rooftop, Clocks utilises their Position Intelligence Engine (PIE) to calculate the position of people inside a building, primarily using existing WiFi networks. It’s a huge leap forward in space management on campus. We’ve just had our first Clocks order in the UK and I’m sure clients in ANZ will be excited to hear about the myriad benefits of real-time space utilisation and powerful reporting.
With Syllabus+ Anywhere just around the corner, I’m sure much discussion will be focussed on the opportunities our new Cloud-based scheduling solution will bring. Flexible, scalable, performant and secure, Syllabus+ Anywhere is going to move timetabling from a necessary service to a valuable strategic resource in tertiary institutions. I’m thrilled that both Darren Woodward and Duncan Corbett from Scientia’s Product Management team are coming over to present the latest developments with the software. I hope this shows clients in APAC how committed we are to delivering and supporting a new solution which works for everyone. I hope to see you there!