Ensynch Inc. to Unveil Program to Deliver Software Applications Over the Internet to 1,200 Arizona Schools
Ensynch Inc.announced that it has been selected by the Arizona School Facilities Board to join its mission to improve access to technology throughout the state’s 1,200 K-12 schools.
The complete program will be launched to the education community at the Arizona School Facilities Board’s conference “Revolutionizing Educational Opportunities,” Sept. 25, 2001, at the Glendale Civic Center.
Under a $27.9 million, four-year contract, Ensynch will team with Cox Business Services, KPMG Consulting and educational-content aggregator, LearningStation, to form the Cox Education Network, an Application Service Provider (ASP) approach to providing educational resources to teachers and students. This partnership creates the largest education ASP in the United States.
Ensynch will manage and host the delivery of more than 250 software applications over the Internet directly to the desktops of children and teachers in K-12 schools statewide, both at school and at home.
The ASP contract completes the School Facilities Board’s three-part plan to equalize technology access across Arizona’s schools; the first two stages included the purchase of 40,000 computers and the contracting of high-speed, broadband connectivity to the Internet and the ASP itself.
“This program is part of our broader Student’s First initiative,” said Phil Geiger, executive director of the Arizona School Facilities Board. “Phoenix is an emerging technology hub. We intend to lead the nation in harnessing the expertise and capabilities of local companiesto revolutionize our education system, helping teachers teach, students learn and increase parental involvement.”
Ensynch will provide the storage, security and management of all school-related information and software from its Solution Outsourcing Center, a state-of-the-art data center in Tempe, Ariz.
As an Application Infrastructure Provider, this enables students, parents, teachers and school staff to access LearningStation’s administrative, communications and educational software applications and tools, at school or at home, via the Internet.
“We’re excited and proud to be part of this unprecedented program, which will have a significant impact on the students of Arizona today and the workplace of tomorrow,” said Scott Johnson, vice president of Ensynch.
“It’s a win-win situation for the schools, who benefit from the cost savings of not having to purchase, manage and maintain software programs, and for emerging technology companies like us in the local business community to provide this valuable service.”
Ensynch is one of the companies featured at the Arizona School Facilities Board’s “Revolutionizing Educational Opportunities: Arizona’s Implementation of a K-12 Application Service Provider,” the program’s official roll-out conference, on Sept. 25, 2001, at the Glendale Civil Center, Glendale, Ariz.
Ensynch is a Managed Solutions Provider focused on providing technology outsourcing and services to organizations in the Southwest. Ensynch allows customers to concentrate on their core competencies and use technology as an enabling tool for lowering operating costs, mitigating capital expenses, increasing scalability and growth, and ensuring higher profitability and probability of success.
Services provided include turn-key solutions for Utility Computing products, Application Service Provisioning (ASP), Application Infrastructure Outsourcing, Managed Hosting, and project-based infrastructure and development services. For more information about Ensynch, visit www.ensynch.com.