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December 30, 2010

Investment in Application Access Being Done by Schools

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor


Severe shortfalls in budgets and personnel are being experienced by many enterprises in today’s economic environment. Schools are particularly affected due to this acute shortfall, especially in the area of information services. Students and teachers are not being easily provided with greater access to learning applications by school administrators.


In response to these challenges, forward-thinking districts like Franklin Township in New Jersey are adopting new technologies. This includes application access through which the server-based applications are distributed to remote PC clients.

Ericom RemoteView is being offered by Franklin in collaboration with PBG Networks and Ericom. While PBG Networks is a top school systems integrator, Ericom is a premier provider of application access and virtualization software. Applications are administered entirely at the server level with RemoteView. The need to service or upgrade individual PCs is therefore eliminated.

Applications can be pushed from secure central servers to remote PCs with the application “publishing” feature of RemoteView. The solution provides centralized application management. The overall system security receives a boost as the solution provides enhanced application security. RemoteView provides full integration with Microsoft (News - Alert) Active Directory. The solution also provides Linux support.

The Franklin school system’s application access investment has been doubled by Andrew Knechel, director of Technology for the Franklin Township Board of Education. After being impressed with Ericom and PBG Networks, Knechel elected to acquire an additional 200 Ericom client licenses.

In a release, Knechel said, “Our experience with both the Ericom product and PBG as a company has been overwhelmingly positive. PBG is very responsive to any requests we make for help or support, and the recommendations they’ve made concerning products have specifically met our unique needs. [PBG has demonstrated] sensitivity both to our financial situation as a school district, and our need for a stable and reliable product.”


Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf


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