SCT and Blackboard Announce New Relationship to Offer Enterprise Integration of e-Education Products

August 8, 2003

Prior to the creation of this relationship, a number of colleges and universities have integrated their Blackboard and SCT e-Education systems to more efficiently manage course resources with student services and information. By entering into a formal relationship, Blackboard and SCT will now be able to offer thousands of higher education institutions enterprise integration between the Blackboard Learning System and SCT’s student information systems using the SCT Luminis™ Data Integration Suite. Blackboard will also integrate the Blackboard Learning System with the SCT Luminis™ Platform III, which provides institutions with enterprise portal, communication and collaboration capabilities.

Using SCT’s Luminis Software Development Kit (SDK) and Blackboard Building Blocks architecture, the companies are building interfaces between their respective products to create a seamless e-Education environment that spans administrative, teaching and learning functions. Such interoperability will help improve information management processes across colleges and universities, as it will provide event-driven data integration and authentication integration.

“We are very pleased to be working with SCT and believe that this relationship will greatly enhance the existing technology infrastructure of our higher education clients,” said Andrew Rosen, Executive Vice President at Blackboard. “We believe that our shared educational vision will allow colleges and universities to strategically utilize all of their technology investments to better serve all campus stakeholders.”

“SCT is focused on delivering technologies to drive integration of mission critical applications across the campus,” said Scott Doughman, senior vice president of strategic planning and business development at SCT. “There is tremendous value in integrating the course management system with the student information system, and given that many of our clients rely on Blackboard’s enterprise course management systems, we are pleased to announce this partnership.”

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. was founded with a vision to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for the education experience. Blackboard is a leading provider of e-Education solutions serving the global needs of primary and secondary schools, higher education, corporations and government agencies. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Please visit for more information.

About SCT

SCT is the leading global provider of e-education technology solutions for institutions of all sizes and complexity. The Company supports more than 1,300 client institutions worldwide with administrative and academic solutions, portal and community solutions, content management and workflow solutions, information access and integration solutions, and professional services. SCT works collaboratively with clients and partners to provide the e-Education Infrastructure that enables institutions to fulfill their unique missions. For more information visit

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