Since the 1980's Cineca has supported Italian universitie's administrations and bodies of government with information systems for their main administrative areas.As Higher Education Institutions have unique organizational models and core processes compared to other business realities, Cineca is focused on developing information systems tailored on their specific needs. Cineca aims at offering integrated solutions to Universities reducing technology and application costs.
In 1999 the Consortium founded Kion, an owned company which is focused on IT systems for students and learning services, intended to become the Consortium's software factory. Today Kion’s Student management system (called ESSE3) is used by almost all Italian universities.
Kion is also one of the founders and promoters of the Rome Student Systems and Standards Group (RS3G). It's a group of software providers, colleges and universities that have been meeting in Europe to develop the exchange of student and course information to support the Bologna Process.