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Improve the student experience and increase student retention by making all academic software apps available on and off campus, on-demand and on any device.

University desktop provisioning is a huge challenge. This complexity stems from a number of factors inherent with this type of environment: a vast numbers of users, a fast turnover of the user base and the ever-increasing mobility of users.

Couple those needs with the pace at which hardware and software advances, across all departments, and the complexity of making sure ALL students have access to ALL their university software, wherever they need it, becomes an almost impossible challenge for the university IT department!

Sound familiar?

It's not as simple as ensuring each person uses the same machine all the time, with just a handful of apps. Each user at a university or college may never use the same machine twice, throughout the tenure of their course! On top of that, it's most likely they'll utilize hundreds of apps during this time, too.

And the apps themselves represent a challenge, too. Higher Education IT needs to deliver nearly every application imaginable, to support all the courses the university or college offers. Some of those apps might be simple open source or FOSS titles, but it's likely they might need to deploy some of the heavyweight software titles such as Adobe or AutoCAD, too.

Now combine that with the annual updates to nearly all software titles; a university can’t just sit back and teach last year’s technology, they are expected to prepare their students for the outside world and keeping up with change is an absolute necessity.

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