The Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, a university known for its business curriculum, has recently implemented Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 365 for Education, in order to help its business student’s work in a world where several activities take place online and in virtualized settings.
"Today's students are mobile, flexible and impatient," said Vincent Fievez, lecturer in IT at EPHEC, in a statement. "We wanted to use technology to communicate and interact with our students in new ways -- and Microsoft Office 365 for education is the perfect solution."
At EPHEC, there are more than 4,700 students who are currently enrolled in the bachelor's degree programs. The e-mail infrastructure of the school consists of a single aging server, which offers e-mail support only to faculty and administrators. This prevented EPHEC from providing students with any formal e-mail services or electronic collaboration infrastructure.
Now by leveraging Microsoft Office 365 for Education, students can gain access to e-mail, calendars, Office Web Apps, Web conferencing and file sharing.
This offering is being presented to the institute of higher learning free of cost. Hence, there was absolutely no obstacles that prevented the EPHEC from transitioning to a much more robust infrastructure that would ultimately help it to save a substantial amount of money.
Since the cloud-based services run in data centers owned and operated by Microsoft, EPHEC also has been able to free up crucial time that its three IT personnel used to spend fixing e-mail-related problems, allowing these employees to devote their time and attention to other important activities.
In related Office 365 news, Atomic Training, a major provider of on-demand software training, has recently introduced an online training series that is dedicated to Microsoft Office Web Apps as well as Office 365.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein