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b.rain is committed to helping learners grow into the future leaders of South Africa, and has created an innovative system for disadvantaged schools supported by the Pick n Pay Education Foundation and Woolworths MySchool Programme.

SchoolTree is a School Management System (SMS) with three unique aspects:

  1. SMS EDGE is a comprehensive database that stores all information about learners, from personal details like home address and siblings, to classes and extracurricular activities, as well as additional information such as allergies or medications learners need to take during school hours. EDGE was developed by Massey University in New Zealand.
  2. The Learning Management System (LMS) runs the school planning, controlling timetables, curriculum, communication, assessments results and even the school’s social media. LMS was developed by a Canadian company.
  3. The final piece of the puzzle is a Xero add-on to run finances and reporting.


b.rain business intelligence Ian Pierce

Ian Pierce

Ian Pierce was an accountant from birth. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1986, he gleaned extensive local and global experience at Coopers & Lybrand and Deloitte & Touche. He set up a practice in South Africa in 1991 and today specialises in company restructuring and privatisation, audits, due diligence reviews, transactions and widespread corporate consulting.
b.rain business intelligence Jacqueline Steinschaden

Jacqueline Steinschaden

With an MBA degree and BCom Hons Management Accounting behind her, Jacqueline Steinschaden is an experienced Operations and Financial Manager in the food production and retail industries. She joined the team at b.rain in 2018, bringing professional finance, business and technical skill-sets to the team. She is tasked with developing the b.rain team, which is focused on digital services for clients.
b.rain business intelligence Eldine van Niekerk

Eldine van Niekerk

Eldine van Niekerk completed her BCom Financial Accounting, BCom Honours Management Accounting and MCom Masters Management Accounting at North-West University. She is experienced in business and risk management and strategy. Seeking an environment where she could build on her skills, she joined the b.rain team as a financial management consultant in October 2018.