Educational Institutions Embrace BYOD and Mobile Apps with MaaS360
DENVER, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
EDUCASE 2012 - Booth #2021/2023 -- As iPads, tablets and smart devices gain popularity in educational institutions, there is a tremendous opportunity for educators to unlock creativity and expand their teaching repertoire. However, when smart devices are not managed properly, schools and universities can be exposed to a gamut of security concerns. That's why a growing number of schools are using MaaS360 Mobile Device Management (MDM) by Fiberlink®. With MaaS360 MDM, educational institutions can set up quickly, enroll devices in minutes and eliminate costly ongoing maintenance efforts. As a cloud service, MaaS360 does not require additional infrastructure hardware or risky network and firewall changes.
MaaS360 enables K-12 and Higher Education institutions to support the expanding use of mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows 8. Mobility management expands across devices, users, applications and data (including e-textbooks and sensitive institutional information). New Providence High School, St. Virgil's College, Texas A&M Foundation and hundreds of other schools use MaaS360 to improve the education experience through increased mobile learning, while mitigating the risk of device loss and misuse.
MaaS360 Education Customer Highlights:
New Providence High School, rated the #1 high school in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine, needed an easy-to-use, affordable mobility solution to support the deployment and management of 500 iPads. The IT department selected MaaS360 for its cloud model, due to its low cost of investment and platform independence. "From an IT perspective, MaaS360 will greatly reduce the amount of time we spend managing and physically working with the devices," said Alex Menard, Manager of Information Systems. "Our high school students will be able to manage and personalize their iPads, but at the same time, we're able to push apps to their devices, track inventory of all apps on the devices and monitor the location of the devices when necessary."
One of Tasmania's oldest and most respected boys' colleges, St. Virgil's College, selected MaaS360 to support the secure rollout and management of 900 iPads for teachers and students in grades 3-10. By utilizing MaaS360's management controls, teachers are able to establish effective dialogue around device misuse. The school also views Fiberlink support as a key benefit. "Having worked with a number of IT organizations, we feel that Fiberlink's customer service and overall responsiveness is extraordinary," said Richard Lawler, Director of Information Services. "Not only have we been impressed by the regular, proactive contact from our account manager, but also by the commitment of the support team to respond to issues and resolve them as fast as possible."
The Texas A&M Foundation has been utilizing MaaS360 to support smartphones and tablets for over a year. The deciding factor in the foundation's selection process was MaaS360's ease of use for IT, along with the secure device management features, including customizable password requirements, selective wipe, reset device passcode and quarantine control. "MaaS360 fulfills our requirements for managing mobile devices, while allowing us to enrich the student experience and offer BYOD, which has become an industry standard," explained Cameshia Cargle, Network Administrator.
"We are focused on ensuring students, teachers and educational administrators can use their tablets and smart devices in the most interactive and compliant manner possible," explained Christopher Clark, president at Fiberlink. "MaaS360's ease, speed and security features are specifically designed for sharing content and collaborating across learners and educational leaders of all ages and subjects."
About FiberlinkFiberlink is the recognized leader in software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure enterprise mobile device and application management. Its cloud-based MaaS360 platform provides IT organizations with mobility intelligence and control over mobile devices, applications and content to enhance the mobile user experience and keep corporate data secure across smartphones, tablets and laptops. MaaS360 helps companies monitor the expanding suite of mobile operating systems, including Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Named by Network World as the Clear Choice Test winner for mobile device management solutions and honored with the 2012 Global Mobile Award for "Best Enterprise Mobile Service" at Mobile World Congress, MaaS360 is used to manage and secure more than one million endpoints globally. For more information, please visit www.maas360.com.
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