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Colorado State University and rSmart Host Webinar for Kuali Financial System Implementation.

CSU to Detail Best Practices and How Switching to Open Source Saved Millions of Dollars in Licensing and Implementation Fees

PHOENIX -- rSmart, the provider of enterprise support for open source application software in education, today announced it will be hosting a webinar with Colorado State University (CSU) to share its experiences and results with implementing and running the open source Kuali Financial System. rSmart provided implementation services for CSU and helped the institution meet its "go live" deadline of July 1, 2009, four months before the official release of KFS. CSU has been running Kuali as its sole financial system for three quarters and its switch to open source saved the institution millions of dollars in licensing and implementation fees. The webinar will be held on March 17, 2010 at 11:00 am PDT. For more information or to register, visit:

"We are pleased to partner with rSmart for this webinar and to share our experiences about implementing and using the Kuali Financial System," noted Lynn Johnson, Associate Vice President of Budgets and Finance at CSU. "The switch from our previous financial system to Kuali had numerous challenges that would have been very difficult to meet without the support of rSmart and the Kuali Community."

Webinar Details

This webinar is presented by Colorado State University's Lynn Johnson, Associate Vice President for Budgets and Finance, and Troy Fluharty, University Controller and Director, Business and Financial Services. Topics to be covered include: 1.) Overview of CSU, 2.) The path to Kuali Financial System, 3.) Selecting Kuali Financial System, 4.) Implementation approach and costs, and 5.) Improvements realized.

For more information on the CSU implementation of the Kuali Financial System, or to register for the webinar, visit:

About the Kuali Financial System (KFS)

KFS is a modular financial accounting system developed using the Community Source development model. KFS is a conversion of the Indiana University's Financial Information System (FIS) to the web with enhancements identified by the community development partners. KFS is available under the Educational Community License and can be adopted by colleges and universities without licensing fees.

About the Kuali Community

Kuali is a growing community of universities, colleges, businesses, and other organizations that have partnered to build and sustain open-source administrative software for higher education, by higher education. Kuali software is designed to meet the needs of all sizes of institutions, from land-grant research universities to community colleges. The members of the Kuali Community share a common vision of open, modular, and distributed systems for their software requirements. Kuali software is released under the Educational Community License. For more information, visit:

About Colorado State University

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is one of our nation's leading research universities with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, and environmental science. In addition to its excellent programs in those areas, CSU offers among the very best professional programs in the United States in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism, agriculture, and construction management. Colorado State is ranked in the top tier of universities in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of "America's Best Colleges and Universities," while Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine named CSU one of the top public universities in the United States in terms of educational quality and affordability. For more information, visit:

About rSmart

rSmart is the provider of enterprise support for open source application software in education. The company develops, certifies, tests, deploys and supports a suite of enterprise financial and collaboration and learning applications for colleges, universities, and institutions serving grades K-12. As an active member, contributor, and commercial affiliate of open source projects like Kuali and Sakai, rSmart is able to provide its clients with software applications and commercial support specifically designed to meet the unique needs of educational institutions. This collaborative approach allows rSmart to offer open source applications that break the dependence educational institutions have on traditional proprietary software vendors. For more information, visit

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