Apple subsidiary FileMaker will exhibit at giant UK ICT in education event, BETT 2005, to stress the value of its databasing software to UK schools.

BETT 2005 takes place between January 12-15 on stand 040. The company hopes to reinforce its message that its software is already used by 10,000 schools.

Filemaker general manager for Northern Europe Tony Speakman said: "Now more than ever schools need to organize data and to be productive instantly and with as little administration input as possible. FileMaker Pro 7 comes with a new set of educational starter solutions so it is possible to make school records, libraries and reports in minutes rather than days. FileMaker dramatically reduces administration by avoiding duplicate data entry and time-consuming file searches.”

Cash-strapped schools new low cost solutions

He stressed the low cost advantages of the database package, saying: "The new economic climate is driving growing numbers of educational establishments to investigate the use of tools such as FileMaker in order to accomplish objectives faster and better – and most importantly, for less money.

"Ultimately, low total cost of ownership is just as important in the education sector as in the corporate world.”

The company already offers Web pages dedicated to explaining its education offerings to schools and colleges.

Success in school schemes seen

FileMaker claims some success in the UK education market. Liverpool's Croxteth Community School claims the software has helped it improve attendance and school management through its use. And Blackpool's Sixth Form College runs its entire management information system on FileMaker. Representatives from the latter facility will be on hand to explain the software's advantages to educators at BETT 2005.

Blackpool Sixth Form College assistant principal for IT Alan Lloyd said: "FileMaker is changing the way we work in College and has been a resounding success with all the staff that use it. The only losers are students who miss lessons – there is no hiding place with Alliance!” (Alliance is new networked management software that's used by the College's hundred teachers).