Achieve an A+ for Technology

Education has arguably more IT concerns than any sector. The influx of new technologies, cloud computing, and demands for new work styles – from both students and staff – have made the control of users and assets more complex than ever.

At the same time, the rise in student investment is creating higher expectations. Students are shopping around for the most attractive learning experiences. With universities and colleges under pressure to cut costs and tackle ever-increasing cyber security threats, your IT choices have become crucial.

At OCG, we understand how critical IT is to every aspect of a university or college’s operations. From processing new student applications to maintaining alumni relationships, we’ve helped a number of the UK’s leading educational institutions gain top marks.

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Windows 10 Proof of concept

Understand how your university or college can take advantage of Windows 10’s new features and capabilities. Delivered in partnership with Microsoft, a Proof of Concept (PoC) will clarify both the business and technical requirements for safe deployment into your environment.

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We have knowledge of your challenges

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  • Student attraction
    Struggling to attract the best students in a newly competitive market.
  • Manual administration
    Paper-based procedures drain resources and increase human error.
  • Data security
    New devices and work styles increase the risk of a data breach.
  • Outdated IT
    Home-grown IT systems unable to cope with diverse needs.
  • Budget restrictions
    Pressure to reduce spend whilst improving the student experience.
  • Seasonal peaks
    Difficulty coping with high levels of admissions and administration.

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Become the best in class

  • Student satisfaction
    Attract and retain students with innovative learning experiences.
  • Automate processes
    Remove the burden of manual procedures and day-to-day tasks.
  • Data visibility
    Control access to data on any device, whether on campus or offsite.
  • Complete security
    Effectively manage identities and devices for starters and leavers.
  • Reduce costs
    Remove repetitive tasks and make efficient use of limited resources .
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“We’re now doing a lot less manual processing which has freed up resources. And we deliver a faster and far more reliable service to our end users.”

Staffordshire University

Offer your students value for money

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Windows 10 can literally transform your classrooms. Learning apps and interactive features support teachers in creating lessons that are both engaging and memorable. Off campus, students benefit from study aids and a consistent experience across all devices.

Combined with Office 365, students and teachers can use everyone’s favourite tools to collaborate and remain productive anywhere. Alongside continuous updates, new features such as OneNote Class Notebook and Sway aid a more creative learning environment.

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Automate Student Submissions

‘Student Submissions – From Paper to the Cloud’ webinar

Discover how xRM (eXtended relationship management) can be used to automate the student submission process. Using Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM technology, you can reduce time lost to administration, mitigate against the risk of human error and become a more efficient organisation.

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Securing student data without compromise

The February 2016 data breach at the University of Greenwich highlights the need for universities and colleges to enhance protection of student data. Cyber and insider threats are on the increase, and the education sector is particularly vulnerable. High levels of seasonal starters and leavers, the need for data visibility across multiple locations, and student demands for the best experience across multiple devices present criminals with attractive opportunities.

Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) offers complete protection without compromising user experience. Students and staff remain productive, with easy device enrolment and single sign-on to their favourite apps, but in a controlled environment. You have the ability to quickly remove user accounts and devices, remotely wipe data, and identify security breaches before they have time to inflict serious damage.

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Automate identity management and save money

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From bulk applications to high seasonal churn, IT departments can quickly lose visibility of unused accounts and waste resources on manual processes. Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) allows universities and colleges to automate the provisioning and de-provisioning of accounts. You control user entitlements and mitigate security risks posed by unmanaged IT accounts.

Dynamics CRM provides an opportunity to manage the complete student lifecycle. Moving away from paper-based procedures, an xRM solution will help to reduce the strain on your IT department and remove any unnecessary costs.

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Streamlining Identity Management

Microsoft Identity Manager allowed Staffordshire University to streamline the creation, management and removal of user accounts. Find out how we helped improve organisational security and reduce administration.

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Managing student and staff devices

Sir George Monoux College needed to manage devices used by its staff, students and governors. Using Microsoft Intune (a component of EMS), we were able to help the college securely embrace a culture of BYOD.

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