HCSS Education has launched a beta version for its new accounting software, allowing finance teams in schools and academies to test it out before the new term.
HCSS Accounting is piloting in more than 40 educational establishments in the UK, allowing school leaders and finance teams to provide feedback on the software and help fine-tune the final version.
HCSS Accounting will officially launch in September and it will be the first completely online accounting package designed solely for the education sector. The cloud-based software allows users to access it from anywhere, at anytime, and it's been developed to be extremely easy to use, so no prior accounting training is needed.
The pilot programme started in May across several sites including MATs, academies and a free school to help HCSS perfect the product, but also the systems, processes, training and support that will bolster the software.
Howard Jackson, head of education and founder of HCSS Education, said: "HCSS Accounting came about due to demand from the education sector. Business Managers were crying out for an accounting software package that did what they needed it to, not a one-size-fits-all system.
"HCSS Accounting has not only been designed to be quicker and easier to use, but also to be more intuitive than any other product available today. However, to develop software to stand up to these claims, we needed to ensure it worked - so we have designed it from scratch in collaboration with leading education experts and school business managers.
"The beta testing will ensure we've got the software exactly right, ready for its launch in September."
Rachel Carter, finance manager at The Kemnal Academies Trust, is an HCSS Accounting focus group member and pilot programme participant. She said: "HCSS Accounting is so user-friendly that it will make daily processes easier for all users; it offers better reporting options, better consolidation functions and greater visibility and reporting of budget vs actual data. As a cloud-based solution, it will also help us to reduce server hosting fees."