SAP teams with Scholastic to offer student-priced software

By Freya Purnell

Together with distribution partner Scholastic Australia, SAP Australia will offer student-priced, fully-featured editions of SAP Crystal Reports and SAP Crystal Presentation Design Software for the first time.

SAP Crystal Reports will be available at $100, instead of $680, and SAP Presentation Design at $50, instead of $280.

With SAP business intelligence software increasingly being used in the coursework of almost all Australian universities, Scholastic will distribute the SAP products via a national network of campus bookstores, IT campus resellers and educational software specialists.

Deborah Brennan, ANZ distribution manager, SAP Crystal Volume Business, said that SAP recognises that many students interact with SAP platforms on a day-to-day basis at university and could benefit greatly from being able to work with these same systems and software for completing assignments and assisting with study.

“[These products] will enable students to present information, especially data, in a new powerful and visual way, enhancing their work while imparting valuable employment skills,” said Brennan. “We understand that students are often on a tight budget but still want their own access to the software that they use in their coursework.”

Scholastic will assist SAP to identify the main university campuses where SAP business products are used under license for teaching students and promote the availability of SAP student editions to lecturers and students.

According to Wayne Cooper, media and technology manager for Scholastic Australia, “There is a high demand for student editions for the software used in university courses. SAP software is being used in courses ranging from IT and commerce to marketing and business. These new student editions demonstrate SAP’s commitment to the tertiary market and delivering value products to students across Australia. We’re delighted to help deliver these products to market.”

The student editions will be available to universities across Australia in early 2011.

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