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Sonia 2017 Q3 released

||26Sep 2017

We are pleased to announce the latest version of Sonia is now available.

Amongst the many changes, three of the most notable are:

  • Integrated live help – staff get direct access to various help documents and videos from within the Sonia application itself.  These documents and videos are obtained from a live feed ensuring users always have the latest information on hand.
  • Integrated reporting – the report system has been integrated into the main Sonia application allowing for quick/easy access, marking favourites and opening many reports at once.
  • Bulk communication enhancements include sophisticated filtering and new placeholders.


New client: Sonia goes to Maryland, USA

||28Jul 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in Maryland, USA to the Sonia community.

Established in 1867, this public university has a number of notable alumni including four members of the NFL Football Hall of Fame (Willie Lanier, Roosevelt Brown, Leroy Kelly, and Len Ford).


Sonia 2017 Q2 released

||25Jul 2017

We are pleased to announce the latest version of Sonia of now available.

This release contains a whole bunch of new features and enhancements to existing features, making it a ‘must have’ upgrade!

Two of the more notable items are:

  • New Offer module – providing a simple/flexible approach to getting offers from placement providers beyond the current methods of interaction
  • Enhanced Sonia Central integration – Sonia users do not have to go to the Sonia Central system itself, and can manage the process from within Sonia


New client: Sonia goes to New York City, USA

||06Jul 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in New York, USA to the Sonia community.

A private college of higher and professional education in New York City, founded in 1971.


New client: Sonia goes to New Hampshire, USA

||29Jun 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in New Hampshire, USA to the Sonia community.

Founded in 1932, Fast Company has named this university the 12th most innovative organisation in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies edition:  ranked with such notable companies as Apple and Google, and listed ahead of Starbucks and LinkedIn.


Sonia User Group 2017 – Australasia

||23Jun 2017

The biggest and best student placement software user group is back!

Delegates from around Australia and New Zealand are attending to talk about Sonia:

Monday 10th July and Tuesday 11th July 2017
The Stamford Grand, Glenelg, South Australia

Not signed up yet? Act now, and book your free invite!


New client: Sonia goes to Kentucky, USA

||21Jun 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in Kentucky, USA to the Sonia community.

Founded in 1798, it was the first city-owned public university in the United States.


New client: Sonia goes to Illinois, USA

||06Jun 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in Illinois, USA to the Sonia community.

Founded in 1867, the university possesses the second-largest university library in the United States, and is home to the fastest supercomputer on a university campus.


New client: Sonia goes to New York, USA

||24May 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in New York, USA to the Sonia community.

Founded in 1957, it is a public sea-grant and space-grant research university.


New client: Sonia goes to Montana, USA

||03May 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in Montana, USA to the Sonia community.

Founded in 1893, the university is the second largest of the Montana University System.


Sonia 2017 Q1 released

||02May 2017

We are pleased to announce the latest version of Sonia is now available.

Aside from enhanced look-and-feel, improvements around culture support, the main focus has been extending the power of electronic forms:

  • Control over form width, and table column widths
  • New document and calculation fields
  • Expanded restrictions

Contact Planet Software to request the latest release notes and arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia goes to California, USA

||07Apr 2017

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in California, USA to the Sonia community.

Founded in 1868, it is the oldest of the ten research universities in the University of California system, and is often cited as the top public university in the United States and around the world.


New client: Sonia goes to Texas, USA

||23Dec 2016

We are pleased to welcome a private non-profit university founded in 1906, located in Abilene, Texas, USA to the Sonia community.


Sonia goes to North Carolina, USA

||22Dec 2016

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA to the Sonia community.

Known as the state’s coastal university, nearly 90% of students come from within North Carolina.


Sonia 2016 Q4 released

||09Dec 2016

We are pleased to announce the latest version of Sonia is now available.

This release includes a new application called the Sonia Check Manager:

This allows you to have all the pre-requisite checks you need in Sonia managed by personnel within or external to your organisation without them needing to use the main Sonia application itself.

The result is greater flexibility, allowing separation of concerns, and ultimately time saving for placement staff.

Contact Planet Software to request the latest release notes and arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia goes to South Carolina, USA

||01Nov 2016

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in Beaufort, South Carolina, USA to the Sonia community.

Chartered in 1711, it is the second-oldest city in South Carolina.


Sonia 2016 Q3 released

||30Sep 2016

We are pleased to announce that the latest version of Sonia is now available.

Some of the key new features in this release include: -

  • A world first: Sonia for Supervisors – a free phone app for use by supervisors working for any education provider that uses Sonia to manage its placements.
  • New Dashboard application providing great insights to placement related data across your whole organisation
  • Support added for LTI (IMS Global) to support plug-and-play interaction with other systems such as Blackboard, Canvas and TurnItIn.
  • Enhanced integration with Sonia Central and SPOT (leading work placement provider systems)
  • Expanded interview support and calendar subscription
  • More map views based on sophisticated search/filtering.

Contact Planet Software to request the latest release notes and arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia goes to Denver, Colorado, USA

||27Sep 2016

We are pleased to welcome a public university located in Denver, Colorado to the Sonia community.

The university is known for a wide array of liberal arts and science programs as well as teacher education, business, aviation and criminal justice programs.


Sonia User Group 2016 - Australasia

||27Sep 2016

The biggest and best student placement software user group starts today in Sydney, with over a hundred delegates from around Australia and New Zealand in attendance to talk about Sonia.

They will be discussing using Sonia in industry, covering the new features released over the past year, and looking to the future…directly influencing features on the road-map.

Aside from all of this, the meeting provides a great networking opportunity and a chance to welcome those attendees from new partner organisations.

Attendees will get to see an exciting world first for student placement software at the event, which will be released as part of Sonia 2016 Q3, along with the new Dashboard application, and many features around integration and beyond!


Top Victorian University Joins The Sonia Community

||06Sep 2016

We are pleased to welcome another member of the Group of Eight to the Sonia community.


New client: Sonia goes to Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

||19Aug 2016

We are pleased to welcome a private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts to the Sonia community.

The university has a strong liberal arts focus and a quarter of its students come from outside the United States, and is home to one of the top ten policy schools in America.


LMS Integration

||10Aug 2016

Sonia 2016 Q3 has received IMS Interoperability Conformance Certification.

With LTI certification, Sonia can integrate with any LTI certified Learning Management System platform including Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Sakai.

It can also make use of various LTI Tools such as Turnitin, and get grades back from this tool into Sonia.

Users benefit from a seamless integrated experience in accessing assignments within the context of the course, and automatically logon to multiple systems through the standard LMS sign-on process.

LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability™) is a specification developed by IMS Global Learning Consortium.. The principal concept of LTI is to establish a standard way of integrating rich learning applications with platforms like learning management systems, portals, learning object repositories, or other educational environments. In LTI these learning applications are called Tools (delivered by Tool Providers) and the LMS, or platforms, are called Tool Consumers.

Sonia is one of a few products that supports both Providers and Consumers providing the best of both worlds for users.

IMS Global Certified


Sonia 2016 Q2 released

||29Jul 2016

We are pleased to announce that the latest version of Sonia is now available.

Some of the key new features in this release include: -

  • Inbuilt address mapping, e.g. you can see where all your students are on placement today
  • Dashboard views at various levels showing charts/maps/metrics
  • Integration with Sonia Central and SPOT (leading work placement provider systems)
  • Placement officer ‘ownership’ – more control over YOUR students/placements/sites, etc.

Contact Planet Software to request the latest release notes and arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia goes to Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA

||01Jul 2016

We are pleased to welcome a comprehensive public university located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania to the Sonia community.

The town is named after Edinburgh in Scotland.


New client: Sonia goes to Mankato, Minnesota, USA

||27Jun 2016

We are pleased to welcome our first client in the state of Minnesota, USA to the Sonia community.


New client: Sonia goes to Amherst, NY, USA

||24Jun 2016

We are pleased to welcome a new client located in Amherst, New York, USA to the Sonia community.


New client: Sonia goes to Michigan, USA

||10May 2016

We are pleased to welcome a public university located in Michigan, USA to the Sonia community.


New client: Sonia goes to Virginia, USA

||04May 2016

We are pleased to welcome the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA to the Sonia community.

 


New client: Sonia continues as preferred choice in Pennsylvania, USA

||27Apr 2016

We are pleased to welcome a university based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA to the Sonia community.

With a history dating back to 1915, it is interesting to note that the campus is a national arboretum with over 100 species of trees.


Sonia 2016 Q1 released

||18Apr 2016

We are pleased to announce that the latest version of Sonia is now available.

Aside from the fantastic new look-and-feel of the user interface that is reminiscent of Microsoft Office 2016, we have some great new features, some of which include: -

  • Scholarship module
  • Fee view on placement group
  • Enhanced user-defined status on student subjects
  • Site Contact wizard to assist with roles and permissions in bulk
  • Check categories

Contact Planet Software to request the latest release notes and arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia goes to New Jersey, USA

||05Feb 2016

We are pleased to welcome a new client to the Sonia community.

Based in New Jersey, this private university has a history dating back to 1933.


Sonia 2015 Q4 released

||27Nov 2015

We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest version of Sonia.

Contact Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia goes to Kansas, USA

||27Oct 2015

We are pleased to welcome our first client in Kansas, USA: a public research university and the largest in the state, it was founded in 1865.


New client: Sonia goes to Indiana, USA

||09Oct 2015

We are pleased to welcome our first client in Indiana, USA; a multi-campus university founded in 1820.


New client: Sonia goes to Ohio, USA

||25Sep 2015

We are pleased to welcome our first client based in Ohio, USA.  Located in the capital city Columbus; the 15th largest city in the United States.


New client: Sonia goes to the USA west coast

||18Sep 2015

We are pleased to welcome our first west coast client in the USA.  Based in the state of Washington, this university was founded in 1892, and located in a region famous for its sweet onions and wineries.


Sonia 2015 Q3 released

||28Aug 2015

We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest version of Sonia.

This release is primarily focused on enhancing electronic forms:

You can now define the automatic population of form fields using data from Sonia. Whilst this on its own is a great new feature, you can also define multiple actions that occur when a user submits a form.

As an example, this might be setting a check, updating the next of kin contact details, and entering an expiry date.

Contact Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


USC’s work placement expertise rewarded

||14Aug 2015

We were proud to present the team at The University of the Sunshine Coast with our national Leadership and Willingness to Share award at the 2015 Sonia User Group Meeting.

There's a great write up of this on the USC website:

http://www.usc.edu.au/explore/usc-news-exchange/news-archive/2015/august/uscs-work-placement-expertise-rewarded

 


Sonia for Students available on App Store

||21Jul 2015

We are pleased to announce that Sonia for Students is now available on the App Store as a free download for students that attend a Sonia education provider.

Already available on the Play Store for Android devices, this broadens the reach to cover the majority of mobile devices in use.


Sonia 2015 Q2 released

||10Jul 2015

We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest version of Sonia. 

This release includes a world first: Sonia for Students – a free phone app for use by students attending any education provider that uses Sonia to manage its placements.

Currently available on the Play Store for Android devices, and coming soon to the App Store for those using iOS.

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


Sonia User Group Meeting 2015

||01Jul 2015

Thanks to all the attendees of the Sonia User Group Meeting 2015 in Brisbane.

It was great to see examples of how Sonia is being used by the community, and show you the latest features that have been requested and delivered.

Discussions over future enhancements were productive and we look forward to delivering more exciting features.

Looking forward to the next meeting :-)


New client: Sonia goes to the Cayman Islands!

||01Jun 2015

We are pleased to welcome a new client based in the Caribbean paradise, the Cayman Islands – a British Overseas Territory one hour away from Miami.


New client: Sonia goes to Florida!

||11May 2015

We are pleased to welcome our sixth USA client based in the beautiful state of Florida.

A public university located in Boca Raton, Florida has chosen Sonia to manage their field placements.


Sonia 2015 Q1 released

||06May 2015

We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest version of Sonia.  Some of the highlights in this release include:-

  • Attendance entry upgraded to a more powerful Timesheet facility
  • Electronic forms have new controls including a table layout control
  • More automated notifications
  • Coordinators role

A full list of new features are available in the release notes.

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


Sonia User Group Meeting - The Biggest and Best

||24Apr 2015

Not long now until the biggest and best student placement software user group meeting in Australia!  With about one hundred attendees from around Australia and New Zealand heading to Brisbane in June, the scene is set to discuss all aspects of student placement at this FREE event.


New client: Top NSW University joins Sonia community

||18Mar 2015

We are pleased to welcome a NSW university ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world to the Sonia community.

Having conducted a tender in 2014, Sonia was chosen as the preferred solution.

2014 was a great year for Sonia, having won 4 out of 5 Australian tenders, and seeing some great growth in the North American marketplace.

2015 promises to be an exciting year!


New client: The word is spreading in Pennsylvania, USA

||03Mar 2015

We are pleased to welcome our third client in the state of Pennsylvania, USA to the Sonia community.

This public university is our fifth USA client.


New client: Sonia goes to New York!

||24Feb 2015

We are pleased to welcome a New York based North American education provider to the Sonia community.


New client: Top Western Australian University joins the Sonia community

||12Jan 2015

We are pleased to welcome another member of the Group of Eight to the Sonia community.

This means that EVERY university in Western Australia is now using Sonia to manage their student placements.


New client: Third North American education provider

||05Jan 2015

We are pleased to welcome our third North American education provider to the Sonia community.

Having considered the available options on the market, they concluded that Sonia was the best solution to assist them in managing their field placements.


Sonia 2014 Q4 released

||18Nov 2014

Sonia is raising the bar with its newest software update, 2014 Q4. By adding placement provider driven placements, extending interviews, adding ratings, offers, document categories, automatic email attachments, enhanced calendars, etc. there’s more to like than ever before.

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia wins a Queensland based University tender

||27Oct 2014

We are pleased to welcome a Queensland based University to the Sonia community.  After performing detailed research on available solutions, and conducting a tender process, Sonia was chosen as the preferred solution.


New client: Second North American university

||17Oct 2014

We are pleased to welcome our second North American university to the Sonia community.

Having considered the available options on the market, they concluded that Sonia was the best solution to assist them in managing their field placements.


New client: Sonia wins Australian student placement system tender

||02Oct 2014

We are pleased to welcome a university with a technical focus based in New South Wales (NSW) to the Sonia community.

They conducted a thorough investigation of the available options, which included spending a day on-site at one of our client universities and that of the competitions.

The conclusion was that Sonia is the best solution on the market.


New global client: Sonia wins open tender

||22Aug 2014

We are pleased to welcome a leading global education provider to the Sonia community; they have multiple offices around the world, and are involved in university programs in 8 countries.

After conducting an extensive open tender for a student placement system, they concluded that Sonia was the best solution on the market.


Sonia 2014 - Windows 8

||14Aug 2014

Sonia 2014 has just passed the Windows 8 Compatible tests, and retained the right to use the Windows 8 Compatible logo.

Sonia has been compatible with Windows 8 since this operating system was first released, and passed this same test back in July 2012...

The test was re-run on Windows 8.1 using the latest version of Sonia.


Sonia 2014 Q3 released

||11Aug 2014

The latest version of Sonia is now available for installation.

Some great performance improvements have been achieved in this release, making it a 'must have' upgrade.

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


Sonia Live launched

||03Jun 2014

Planet Software is pleased to announce the launch of Sonia Live - the cloud hosted version of Sonia: http://www.SoniaLive.com

Sonia Live provides an easy affordable way that smaller organisations can gain access to the power of Sonia to assist them with their placement management.


Sonia International

||30May 2014

As the Sonia product range has grown, we have created a simple entry point portal into the world of Sonia: www.sonia.international

Naturally, it provides multiple language support...


Sonia 2014 Q2 released

||26May 2014

The latest version of Sonia is now available for installation.

Sonia Online now supports the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese. Languages will be added upon request, so let us know what you need! :-)

Electronic forms have been enhanced to allow sharing of templates across the Sonia community and student driven placements have been added.

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


Multiple languages

||22May 2014

The Sonia brochure is now available in mutiple languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese.

The English brochure comes in both an Australian and United States version to better communicate the many benefits of Sonia.


Sonia 2014 Q1 released

||28Feb 2014

The latest version of Sonia is now available for installation.

Lots of exciting new features such as Electronic Forms and Interviews with Skype integration.

Sonia Online has a great new look and feel and Sonia Reporting has even more reports.

A new Timeline View, SMS, enhanced allocation user interface, and Site Contacts being promoted to its own module make this a ‘must have’ release!

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to carry out your upgrade under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


New client: Sonia selected as preferred solution

||03Dec 2013

We are pleased to welcome our 8th higher education provider in New South Wales (NSW) to select Sonia as their choice for student placement software.


New client: Sonia selected as preferred solution

||17Oct 2013

We are pleased to welcome our 7th higher education provider in New South Wales (NSW) to select Sonia as their choice for student placement software.


Sonia Central - New Free Service Available in Preview

||26Sep 2013

Sonia Central is a cloud-based application primarily designed to assist organisations offering student placement positions liaise with multiple education providers via a single unified interface.

Developed by Planet Software, the company that created Sonia - the No.1 student placement software in the world - and a history of dealing with student placements tracking back over a decade, you can rest assured you are dealing with the best.

Try it today: Cloud-based work placement management is now in preview!


Version 3.7.1 ships

||19Aug 2013

Version 3.7.1 is now available for installation.

This release contains a number of new features and performance improvements that clients have been asking for such as positive and negative site bias, enhanced searching, extending student topic access in Sonia Online, new MSOD placements report, updated HWA placements report, and many more!

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to do your installation under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


Sonia 3.7 released

||18Apr 2013

The latest version of Sonia is now available and include new features such as payments and invoicing, student topics, multiple currencies, more options and business rules, and various new reports!

Call Planet Software to arrange for us to do your installation under Sonia Premium Support or download the software yourself.


Sonia enters the North American market

||14Aug 2012

On the 3rd August 2012, Sonia was purchased by one of the top North American universities to assist them in managing their student placement process.

Already dominating the Australian market, Sonia is now being used in 3 countries and with regular enquiries from other markets; this number is expected to increase.

To cater for this global uptake, Sonia provides support for cultural differences such as distance units and date formats as well as other languages.