PALO ALTO, CA --(Marketwired - October 25, 2016) - Today at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2016, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), is taking simplicity and security for digital learning environments in higher education to a new level. At the show, VMware announced a new integration between VMware's VMware Secure Digital Backpack for Education, powered by VMware Workspace™ ONE™, and Colleague® by Ellucian. This new VMware solution will help higher education IT professionals automate the delivery of a consistent and personalized digital workspace to every student for anytime, anywhere, any device access throughout their entire time at school.
The world of mobile applications and digital content in higher education is fast and ever changing. Getting a personalized set of apps to students, faculty and staff, and keeping that application set up to date can be challenging for both IT and curriculum professionals alike. Today, VMware enables universities and colleges to provide students with a Secure Digital Backpack where they can easily access all the applications and content they need, regardless of what kind of device or operating system they are using.
This new solution will be delivered through VMware Professional Services and will include a new Ellucian Connector, which will automate and keep updated the delivery of applications to students through VMware Workspace ONE. With VMware's Ellucian solution, as students add classes to their schedule, the relevant apps and content for those classes will be automatically added to the student's digital workspace. Conversely, as classes are dropped, they will be automatically removed making for a consumer-simple end user experience for students that requires no action on their part. VMware's new offering for Ellucian will allow higher education institutions to provide students with a secure digital workspace, and have it follow them throughout the student's life at school.
"As an open enrollment environment with more than 30,000 students pursuing traditional education, continuing education and professional development across more than 70 study areas, Schoolcraft College operates in one of the most diverse and dynamic learning environments," said Patrick Turner, vice president and Chief Information Officer, Schoolcraft College. "This new solution for Ellucian from VMware will help us deliver a secure and consumer-simple experience to our students while streamlining our costs."
VMware's VMware Digital Backpack for Education gives universities and colleges the ability to deliver any application, to any device, anytime by uniquely combining identity, device, application and desktop management into a consumer-simple, enterprise secure digital learning environment for students and faculty. And while delivering reliable, high-performance digital learning environments is great for professors and students, it also has the added benefit of giving IT professionals the ability to meter application usage, helping save money on software licensing across the demanding and diverse application stacks the world of higher education demands.
"We developed this solution in response to what our customers are telling us. Creating a simple and automated student experience reduces stress on IT departments while helping universities deliver a rich, technology-enabled digital learning environment customized to the way students prefer to learn," said Tim Merrigan, vice president for state, local and education at VMware. "VMware's new solution also allows traditional and online students to access the applications and coursework they need regardless of what device they can afford. This helps break down socio-economic and geographic barriers to the delivery of education to today's mobile learner."
This solution will be delivered through VMware Professional Services and made possible through the integration of VMware Workspace ONE and Ellucian Colleague via the Ellucian Connector. The Ellucian connector for Workspace ONE will be available through VMware Professional Services beginning in Q4 2016. Please visit the VMware Education Solutions page and contact sales more information.
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