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.
We have knowledge of your challenges
- 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- Outdated IT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.
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.
“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
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.Learn more about Office 365 Learn more about Windows 10
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 + Security (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.Learn more about EMS
Automate identity management and save money
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.
Azure AD B2C is a cloud identity management platform which allows you to securely manage your student authentications across mobile and web platforms. Capable of managing millions of identities in a personalised, scalable and cost effective manner, the B2C tenant can help you to facilitate seamless communications throughout the student lifecycle.Learn more about MIM Learn more about Azure AD B2C
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.View Case Study
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.View Case Study