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Is Your Organization Ready to Move to the Cloud

In This Issue:

Educators on Cloud 9 with Office 365 - Part 1:
An overview of Office 365 for Education....................................
1

Case Study:
Georgia State University switches to Office 365, saves $1 million in operating costs
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2

New DirSync option with Live@Edu to Office 365 migration:
Synchronize your Active Directory with this tool..............................................
3

Identity Management Options for Office 365 for Education: 
How to choose ADFS or FIM ............................................. 4

Education & Technology
There have been a lot of exciting new developments around education in the cloud at Microsoft.  With Office 365 becoming readily available for education, institutions now have access to enterprise level cloud tools such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. Providing these services to students, faculty and staff will not only save money, but will also eliminate other costs that come with hosting this type of solution on premise.  The articles below provide additional information about Office 365 for education, but let us know if you have any additional questions. 

Your partner in education,
 
B2B Technologies
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Educators on Cloud 9 with Office 365 - Part 1:
An overview of Office 365 for Education
At the ISTE Conference this past June, Microsoft officially announced general availability of Office 365 for Education. This cloud based communications and collaboration platform hosted by Microsoft was launched for businesses a little over a year ago; however, prior to June, it was only available to a handful of early adopters in education. Read more...


            

Case Study:
Georgia State University switches to Microsoft Office 365, saves $1 million in operating costs

Confronted with an aging communication and collaboration solution that had reached the end of its supported life cycle, Georgia State University (GSU) decided not to update its existing on-premises Novell GroupWise software. Instead, it switched to cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 to better support mobile and remote workers using PCs, Macs and various mobile devices and to better interoperate with already-planned deployments, including Active Directory and Microsoft Office applications. Read more.


New DirSync option with Live@edu to Office 365 Migration:
Synchronize your Active Directory with this tool 

If you are currently synchronizing your Active Directory environment with Live@edu using a tool like ILM or FIM 2010, you have a new option with Office 365. "DirSync". Not the DirSync of BPOS days-gone-by, but a new tool based on a customized and wizardized version of FIM 2010. Read more...

                       Identity Management Options with Office 365 for Education:
How to choose ADFS or FIM
Now that Office 365 is readily available for education, many institutions will begin the process of preparing the move from Live@Edu to Office 365. After numerous conversations with several different education institutions, one of the most common concerns we heard about moving from Live@edu to Office 365 is "what about identity management?" Read more...


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