Cloud Computing Services to Education Sector

By Veritis

Cloud Technology for Education

Client Information
The client is a reputed US-based educational institution with a century-old track record of providing quality education for aspiring students in the region. With a variety of courses ranging from majors, undergraduate, professional-specific and study-abroad programs pertaining to food, health and the environment, the institute prepares students in alignment with the requirements of the current employment sector.

Client Requirements
The client was looking for a solution that shifts its usage of traditional methods for internal communication among staff and with the management. For this, it needed a platform that makes communication easier, faster and timelier, along with providing access to the start-of-the-art calendaring.

Veritis Approach
Veritis team of experts was quick to engage with the university’s IT team to get a complete assessment of the situation and execute the migration plan. The next steps included restoring business continuity for the staff who experienced difficulty with the migration process, stabilizing infrastructure before proceeding further, engaging with Microsoft’s team for better development outcomes, migrating email accounts and centralizing the diverse usage of various platforms for email and calendaring.

Client Challenge Areas
Veritis adopted a strategic approach in understanding how each stakeholder used email and calendaring in alignment with their tasks, identifying any shortcomings and preparing timelines for project execution, which did not interfere with the stakeholders’ regular activity. The next was centralizing of all accounts across in a single platform.

Key Responsibilities Held
Following are the key responsibilities held:

  • Engaged with the university’s Information Technology Services (ITS) team and understood the university’s communication framework
  • Held discussions with Microsoft on the best practices, tools and software to go about the project
  • Restored business continuity during the initial stages of the project
  • Treated email failure instances with immediate attention during time period between migration processes
  • Coached and educated the university’s faculty and staff about important procedural upgrades, timelines and project progress
  • Eliminated human error during the migration process using Veritis suite of tools

Environments Used
Puppet, Cloud Middleware, Openstack and VMware

Value Delivered
Veritis team of experts worked successfully with the university’s ITS and Microsoft to bring out the best outcomes. With Veritis’ help, the client has successfully transferred almost 100% of the university’s staff onto the Office 365 platform. The university now has a centralized email platform that provisions effective and uniform communication and strategic and smart calendaring across the diverse departments.