2017 marked Wisenet's 20th year of innovation
in education management
Read Kim's Full Story
From humble beginnings in 1997, Cairns, Australia...
I was Senior Lecturer at Far North Queensland Institute of TAFE and then teaching hospitality at Benson’s College. Ben was working in his family’s stationery business while teaching computer skills part time.
To sign up a trainee in those days there were no rules, no record management and no reporting systems. In short, things were a mess! Working like this day to day took its toll and I took some ideas to Ben to see if something could be done via computer software.
The first generation of the product was to record basic student personal information to print onto adhesive labels that were attached to paper forms submitted to Government (as was the method of reporting at the time!). As basic-sounding as it was, it was a great Idea and a great leap forward! After going back and forth with the Queensland Government, the label software was finally approved. Remarkably, an original floppy disk has survived and now takes pride of place at reception in our Melbourne Head Office!
Time passed and a simple Access application was born and christened ‘Wise’. We then took our floppy disk, organised a meeting and presented to the management team at Benson’s. They were very impressed and we secured our first customer! From that day onwards we knew we had something special. We jumped in the car and spent the next 2 weeks driving 2,000km from Cairns to Brisbane - calling into colleges in towns along the way - and found that there was nothing out there to help training organisations with better records management and that could collect data for Government reporting.
By the time we reached Brisbane, we had more than 40 customers! Filled with excitement and new confidence, we left our day jobs and have never looked back since. With over 155,500km and 223 flying hours in 2016 alone, in hindsight our original 2,000km road trip was only the beginning and the days of sitting by the Sandbar pool on Fraser Island developing Wise is now a fond memory, but one that has changed our lives.
In 2001 we continued to push the envelope and released the first web-based student management system called ‘Wise.NET’. Back then it took some convincing with people wary of not having programs and data stored on-site - remember this was before the term ‘Cloud’ was even invented!
Our journey has taken us from Cairns to Brisbane, and finally on to Melbourne in 2004. In 2010, we opened our offices in New Zealand and in Singapore in 2012.
Today, with expert staff RTOs management, web technologies, security and a simple philosophy of making things easier for the end user, Wisenet has built a name that is respected and recognised as the leading vendor of Cloud applications and services for the vocational education industry.
For the past 20 years we have built a loyal customer base, some of you have been with us for the entire journey! Our team that never ceases to amaze on a daily basis have made Wisenet what it is today.
Thanks for the Journey!
Director & Co-Founder