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Hayes Software Systems is a privately held company based in Austin, Texas. Incorporated in 1990, father and son, Eugene and Michael Hayes, sought to provide software solutions to empower school administrators. For the past twenty-seven years, HSS has been the driving force in educating school districts on how best to manage their inventories, and offering products and services that support those efforts. Our solutions track and manage instructional technology, facilities and capital inventory items.

Incorporated in 1990, father and son, Eugene and Michael Hayes founded Hayes Software Systems to provide software solutions that empowered school administrators. As Vice President, Michael Hayes was originally responsible for software engineering, eventually leading to a promotion as the company's President in 2000, and then CEO in 2004.

In 2016, Michael Hayes transitioned to Chairman of Hayes' Board of Directors, appointing Matt Winebright as the company's new CEO and President. With nearly 20 years of experience working with educators in the K-12 market, including four years in multiple leadership roles at Hayes, Mr. Winebright has been instrumental in the company's continued growth and success.

Nearly a year later, Hayes Software Systems announced its acquisition by private investment firm, Transition Capital Partners. Founded in 1993, TCP has successfully invested in more than 40 lower middle market companies, spanning a diverse array of industries, including education.

Hayes is the expert in operational and instructional asset inventory control solutions and services for education. Our clients tell us they choose to partner with our company because we make inventory management simple, easy to use, and optimized for educational institutions.

Over the years our products have been chosen by hundreds of school districts and thousands of school sites throughout North America.  Our inventory management products and services are designed from the ground up specifically for that task, backed by a company that lives and breathes inventory control every day.

A Hayes Software Systems product is installed in:

  • 34 of the top 100 districts in the nation
  • 34 states in the US and 2 Canadian Provinces
  • 7,100 schools and district offices across North America
  • 400 public school districts across North America



Hayes Software Systems is based in Austin, Texas, a city swarming with technology and innovation that inspires us every day. We share a building with the Texas Association of School Boards, and our open office fuels our collaborative culture where we work together to solve educators’ challenges every day. All employees are actively encouraged to seek out information, assistance, and spontaneous training from any individual within the company. We work hard to promote trust, creativity, and authenticity in all we do. 

Hayes has been named one of the best places to work in central Texas five times because we work hard and play hard (think ice cream socials, costume contests, and lunch outings to our favorite local spots). Our office is decorated with Austin art, positive messages, and photos of our employees’ pets. The kitchen (probably the busiest room in the office) is fully stocked with fruits, vegetables, sodas, and a lot of candy.

When we’re not in the office, you can find us paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake, enjoying a live music show, or hiking one of the city’s many trails.

Want to join us in Austin? Check our open positions here.

Hayes Software Systems believes that inventory management should be effective, efficient, and adapt to your ever-changing objectives. By specializing in K-12, we deliver solutions that meet the unique needs of your schools and community. Every member of our team is committed to your success because when you succeed, your students succeed. We're proud that we currently impact the lives of over 6,000,000 students.

We know school districts, we know school staff, we know instructional initiatives, we know the workloads administrators have, and we know how critical it is to safeguard the dollars spent on instructional and operational resources.


We've made it our business to understand what goes into doing your job - the issues and challenges you face on a daily basis. Not only does our founder have personal insight into the needs of our clients (former teacher, assistant principal and principal) but many of our current employees have used our products on a daily basis as former employees of a school system. By focusing on education, we have developed specialized expertise, and can analyze your needs to provide you with the best solution available.


Hayes is committed to building and maintaining a personal working relationship with our clients, who are vital to contributing to the functionality of our applications. Every new feature added to our products is the result of suggestions from our users.


We know our customers and how they use our products because we are dedicated to providing each of our users with personalized Customer Support.  That means a knowledgeable representative - who understands your needs - is available to provide you with personal service. Your problems are our problems and finding the answer as quickly as possible is our number one priority. 


Our applications and services are designed specifically to support the many functions that fall under school administrators' responsibility.  These activities have previously been tracked by a manual process - recorded on paper or computerized spreadsheet. We offer you the power of automation, with minimal data entry, extensive reports, and user-friendly functionality. 

The foundation of Hayes' success is a genuine dedication to support the needs of educators, delivering solutions that solve real world problems, and providing accurate and insightful service to each and every customer.

Our Core Values have guided us for over 27 years.

Each and Every Person Has Value
Fundamental to all of our business activities is the firm belief in the essential value of all human beings irrespective of their background, beliefs, or condition. We encourage all people to stretch themselves and to recognize the inherent value in everyone we meet.

We Exist to Serve Our Customers and Each Other
The best use of our time is in service to others. Our commitment to this principle is expressed through the quality of our work, the sincerity of our words, and the effectiveness of our actions.

We Empower Our Staff With Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose
We motivate, challenge, and involve our employees in the management of the company, and we actively invest in their personal and professional growth. We promote innovation, risk-taking, strategic thinking, and ideation from all employees. In return we demand a strong sense of responsibility and a commitment to drive toward company goals.

We Offer Products and Services That Match Our Customers' Needs
Our extensive experience and knowledge of best practices ensure that the solution we offer each customer matches their specific needs. We believe the appropriate use of technology is a powerful tool for improving the lives of our customers and our employees.

We Can Serve Our Customers By Remaining Profitable
Our corporate success is measured by the loyalty of our customers and the smiles of our employees. Our financial success is measured by our ability to continue to grow steadily and profitably.