State of Kentucky rolls out Live@edu to 700,000 users

This was BIG NEWS TODAY… one of the biggest stories we have had the pleasure of being a part of for Live@edu to date, in fact.  The Kentucky Department of Education today “cut the ribbon” on a humungous Live@edu deployment that will provide out full suite of email and collaborative tools to every student, teacher and staff member.

Here is a great video that outlines some of the benefits…

 
Live@edu in KDE

 

… and in support of this, we have also been working with KDE on end-user training content… some of which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/KYEdTech.

Some impressive numbers and quotes:

  • 700,000 user accounts.
  • 1300 Schools.
  • Migration over a single weekend.
  • $6.3 million in operational costs avoided over four years.
  • “With Live@edu, all school districts in Kentucky have access to the same powerful Microsoft applications and Web 2.0 technologies. That means we can close the technology gap between rich and poor districts and level the playing field for students regardless of where they live,” said Dr. Terry Holliday, commissioner of education for Kentucky.
  • “Historically, it would have required months and potentially years to migrate hundreds of thousands of people to a new solution,” said Chuck Austin, Office of Education Technology for the Kentucky Department of Education. “With Microsoft’s cloud technology and a collaborative focus between Microsoft and the Kentucky Department of Education on the planning aspects, we were able to dramatically reduce the implementation cycle and migrate everyone in a single weekend.”

GO KENTUCKY!

Jonny

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