SOURCE: Encore Technology Group, LLC

Encore Technology Group, LLC

July 30, 2014 09:00 ET

Encore Moves Cleveland Public Library and 43 Other Ohio Libraries to Office 365 and Completes Migration of 2,652 CLEVNET Member E-mail Accounts

GREENVILLE, SC--(Marketwired - Jul 30, 2014) - Encore Technology Group today announced that it has completed an Office 365 deployment and major data migration project for the 44 library systems in 12 Northern Ohio counties that are members of the CLEVNET library consortium. The project -- which was sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library, the founding member of CLEVNET and one of the nation's oldest (Est. 1869) and largest research libraries -- involved the migration of 2,652 e-mail accounts from Zimbra to Office 365 and the integration of Encore CloudArchive.

"CLEVNET was founded in the spirit of driving communication and collaboration between libraries, and over the past 32 years, Cleveland Public Library and fellow members have shared physical and digital resources to benefit library patrons," said Rod Houpe, CTO of Cleveland Public Library. "This migration was rooted in our vision of further aligning our technologies and unifying our communications, while giving member libraries more ways to collaborate." He cites distance learning and instant messaging as a couple of the new tools available to members.

Houpe and his team chose to make the switch to Office 365 shortly after Zimbra was spun off from VMware last year. "The timing seemed right to explore our options," he said. "Since we were already using Microsoft Office on our desktops, Office 365 seemed like the most logical solution, especially because we would gain a lot more mailbox storage capacity at a fraction of the cost. We have found Office 365 to be a lean and agile solution with endless possibilities."

Cleveland Public Library, with Houpe at the helm of the IT department, not only spearheaded this project, but it also served as one of two pilot libraries for the deployment. Over 25 percent of the 2,652 e-mail accounts migrated are used by administrators and staff at Cleveland Public Library, by far the largest library system in the CLEVNET consortium. Following the successful pilot at Cleveland Public Library and a smaller member library, the solution was rolled out to the remaining 42 CLEVNET members.

Encore, one of the nation's most experienced providers of technology solutions for public sector organizations, was selected following an extensive bidding process. The Encore team performed the data migration of the mailboxes, implemented Encore CloudArchive for cloud-based e-mail archival, and supported the Office 365 deployment. Houpe said the Encore team completed "one of the best data migrations" he's ever seen and that the entire deployment couldn't have been done without proper planning, his highly capable team, and the great support from Encore.

Michael Knight, CTO of Encore Technology Group, shares Houpe's sentiments. "This was a picture-perfect project for us," he said. "Rod's team was committed to a smooth transition, they asked great questions, and they orchestrated the training and other change management pieces in superior fashion. Cleveland Public Library is a distinguished and forward-thinking institution, and it was our pleasure to work with them and other CLEVNET members on this project."

Encore remains the go-to technology provider for public sector organizations not only for its comprehensive portfolio of onsite and cloud-based technology solutions, but also for its strong partnerships with leading vendors, its highly experienced and heavily certified team, and its many state and national procurement contracts that can simplify the purchasing process. Encore continues to increase its presence and expand its cloud services footprint on a national scale.

About Encore Technology Group
Encore Technology Group helps educational institutions, government agencies and commercial enterprises rethink technology and leverage it to access and manage data, engage stakeholders and measure results. Solid partnerships, coupled with a highly experienced and heavily certified team, enable Encore to offer one of the most trusted and diverse portfolios of technology solutions on the market today. In addition to serving a client base that spans the entire country and crosses many industries, the company also has the distinction of being one of the nation's most experienced providers of connected K-12 classrooms. Learn more at www.encoretg.com.

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