It all began in 1999, when siblings Kamal and Hamed Samad, together with their brother-in-law Nik Azman developed “Strawbox” a search engine and an email service provider.
Although lesser known, “Strawbox” was one of the first few locally developed search engines and was in fact, at that time, a commendable achievement, competing alongside bigger names such as “Cari” and “Catcha”.
“Strawbox” marked the beginning of Kamal, Hamed and Nik Azman's involvement in the internet industry and it was also in the same year that they started work to develop a software with an online monitoring system to assist parents with school-going children.
The idea to develop such a software was actually sparked by the difficulties personally experienced by the founding members in monitoring their own children’s daily schoolwork.
Work on the educational software was completed a year later and in 2000 "SchoolToYou" was founded.
It was also in 2000 that Cerdik Publications Sdn Bhd, a leading publisher of school books in Malaysia, acquired 25% of Schooltoyou Sdn Bhd, and this collaboration saw Cerdik Publications becoming the leading content provider to “SchoolToYou”. This association also gave "SchoolToYou" quality educational content and a brick-and-mortar reality to its web storefront.
Nik Azman, who was at that time, also a director of Cerdik Publications Sdn Bhd, was instrumental in making the partnership possible.
The software was further enhanced in 2003, and was named "Straight-A's Program". The earlier "schooltoyou" software was replaced with the newer and better "Straight-A's Program" which show-cased many more features.
However, the following year saw all of the founding members parting companies, which left younger brother Kamal at the helm, marketing "Straight-As Program" directly to end users through a team of employed sales personnel.
In 2006, the "School Adoption Program" was launched and this campaign saw various corporations, through their respective CSR programs, adopting 30 schools.
Between 2006 and 2009, collaborations were established with various corporation and government agencies such as Ambank Group, Koperasi I&P, KEMAS, Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and MIDF in the marketing of Straight-As Program.
In 2006, a three year contract was secured with Jabatan Pembangunan Komuniti & Sosial, DBKL to provide “Straight-As Program” to selected community centres in DBKL’s Public Housing Projects (Projek Perumahan Rakyat or PPR in short).
Further enhancements were made to the software in 2011. The time was also right to differentiate the brand from other programs with similar sounding names that were being marketed through Multi Level Maketing (MLM), and with increasing controversies surrounding these other programs, the rebranding exercise to "iCerdik" was deemed to be a move made in the right direction. And hence "Straight-A's Program" was rebranded and renamed "iCerdik".
The number of users have steadily grown since the program was first introduced. At the same time, through our school adoption campaign, program partners had included reputable corporation and organisation such as Yayasan MyKasih, AMBank, Koperasi I&P, KEMAS and MIDF - just to name a few.
There are now around 100 schools that are currently benefitting from our “Adopt-A-School” program, and this brings the total on-line community of parents, teachers and students under this program to more than 100,000 users - and growing!
With the involvement of the corporate sector, schools will get access to an efficient profiling and monitoring system that provides real-time feedbacks and reports with relevant data that not only saves time and cost but most importantly helps schools monitor, review and measure students' performances in a timely and much more systematic, efficient and effective manner.
With such a system in place, schools will be able to focus and give attention on equally important issues such as importance of positive decision making, leadership among peers and positive motivation among the student fraternity.
We're certainly glad we're able to play a part in bridging the digital divide!
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