Wilmington-based School Software Company Launches New Product

By Johanna Cano, posted Jan 28, 2019
EMS LINQ, a Wilmington-based software company led by CEO Adam Hooks (pictured above), launched a new product. The company will celebrate its 30th anniversary in June. (Photo courtesy of EMS LINQ)
Wilmington-based EMS LINQ Inc. has launched an education resource management (ERM) platform for K-12 schools in efforts to streamline school software systems and rebrand the company’s products under the EMS LINQ name.

EMS LINQ’s new ERM platform integrates school district technologies into one system with single-sign-on access that gives users immediate operational efficiencies, and AI-driven data analytics across critical operating departments, stated a news release.

EMS LINQ, a Wilmington software company founded in 1989 by Ben Hooks, has 115 employees. The company was previously known as Education Management Systems and includes Meals Plus, a school lunch management software for menus, finances and students in K-12 schools.

Ben Hooks retired last year and his son, Adam Hooks, took over the position of CEO.

“We see a tremendous opportunity in the market to grow and enhance our K-12 platform. We have built an integrated solution that allows our users more time to focus on instruction and less time navigating antiquated platforms. Districts and schools are constantly challenged with sharing information across a multitude of technology platforms, systems, applications, and devices,” Adam Hooks said in the release. “Creating a SaaS system built on SSO (single-sign-on) streamlines their everyday tasks. We are excited to take advantage of what technology can provide and maximize what we are able to offer customers.”

Software that would be congregated into one ERM platform includes school financing, accounting, nutrition management, school website development, notifications and student registration.

The ERM platform also includes parent and student access to some of these operations.

EMS LINQ software is currently used by about 95 percent of North Carolina schools, including all charter schools in the state, Leah Blakeley, integrated marketing manager for EMS LINQ, said Monday.

While the majority of the company’s users are in North Carolina, it now has customers in 45 states including offices in Wilmington, Ohio and California.

In 2017, the company moved offices to Barclay Commons to adjust for its growth.

The newly launched ERM platform is not currently being used by schools but adding it to its product offering means the company can continue its efforts of rebranding and expanding, Blakeley said.

Correction: This version corrects how many states the company has clients in.
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