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Being a lifelong Wahoo — a graduate of Mr. Jefferson’s University in Charlottesville — writing about technology innovation at another Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school pains me. Georgia Institute of Technology, otherwise known as Georgia Tech (or in the …


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Learn How HP & Citrix Enable Education IT: Visit us at EDUCAUSE!

Citrix Ready Solutions for Education has enabled number of institutions to create a secure mobile-ready campus providing flexible education IT for institutions and a seamless experience for students, faculty and staff.

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STEM for All at UMass Lowell

The scientists of the future are embracing consumer-simple, enterprise-secure digital workspace solutions at UMass Lowell. With more than 17,750 students—and a strategic plan to increase enrollment to 20,000 over the next few years—this university is known for its educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Part of that mission is providing easier access to computationally complex and expensive STEM software packages.

What started as a simple need for more space on campus grew into an initiative that brought virtual desktops and simplified application access to students, faculty and staff. In 2013, the university needed to find a way to reclaim classroom space to teach its growing student body. The school was &#rsquo;bursting at the seams,&#rdquo; according to Steve Athanas, the school&#rsquo;s director of platforms and systems engineering.

&#rsquo;VDI, for us, started as a way to turn computer labs back into usable teaching space. But it turned out to be significantly more than that. Our VDI story is about fundamentally transforming the way we teach and the way we conduct business.&#rdquo;

To learn more about how UMass Lowell uses digital workspace solutions to simplify access to education, read the case study.

UMass Lowell Extends STEM Education with Digital Workspaces

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UMass Lowell uses VMware Horizon for virtual desktops,VMware App Volumes to distribute applications and VMware User Environment Manager to maintain application settings across sessions. Through a portal called vLabs, UMass Lowell users can access university virtual desktops and apps from anywhere at any time, on any device.

According to Athanas, &#rsquo;Once students realized they were able to access their applications anytime and anywhere, it changed how they functioned as students.&#rdquo; Instead of having to log time in an on-campus computer lab, students could bring a mobile device with them and study whenever it&#rsquo;s convenient. &#rsquo;That&#rsquo;s really important because a huge percentage of our students have either full-time or part-time jobs as they&#rsquo;re achieving their education,&#rdquo; said Athanas.

&#rsquo;The way that VMware is simplifying app distribution is really huge. It means my team spends less time setting up and more time working with our ultimate customers, delivering value to the organization.&#rdquo;

Partnerships for Education

VMware technology partners are playing important roles in the UMass Lowell IT department and in campus academics. The school recently launched a high-performance Horizon cluster with virtual graphics processing units (GPUs) from NVIDIA. Computationally and graphics-intensive design and engineering programs now run on any student or faculty device that can run a Horizon desktop. The university has added additional NVIDIA GPU support to its base image to support the graphical look and feel of a Windows 10 deployment.

Athanas cited VMware partner StacksWare as a critical addition to his IT arsenal. StacksWare metrics for App Volumes deployments provide real-time, deep inspection of application usage.

&#rsquo;This software can tell me right now which users on campus are using which applications, where they’re using them from and how long they’re using them. I can roll all that up and make better decisions about software licenses for the campus. It&#rsquo;s been really transformative for us.&#rdquo;

From &#rsquo;It Works&#rdquo; to &#rsquo;Thank You&#rdquo;

Athanas cited a UMass Lowell study showing that 66 percent of students said that vLabs improved their academic success.

&#rsquo;You know you’re hitting the right mark when instead of users saying &#lsquo;It works,&#rsquo; or &#lsquo;It hasn’t had any problems,&#rsquo; they come up to you and say, &#lsquo;Thank you.&#rsquo; We’re now in a position where faculty and especially students say, &#lsquo;Thank you, this has saved me time, this has saved me effort, my job is easier, my academics are easier.&#rsquo; That’s transformative.&#rdquo;

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13 Mobile Conferences for IT Leaders & Innovators

This blog was updated on May 22,2017, with the latest information about the Device Enrollment Program from Apple. Join the conversation on Twitter using #iOSinBusiness.

What is the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac, iOS or tvOS devices. With a mobile device management (MDM) and unified endpoint management solution like VMware AirWatch, IT can:

  • Customize device settings;
  • Activate and supervise devices over the air; and
  • Enable users to setup their own devices out of the box.

[Related: 27 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple]

What IT challenges does the Device Enrollment Program help address?

The Device Enrollment Program solves several critical requirements for corporate-owned devices. First, organizations save time and money by eliminating high-touch processes for IT. DEP takes configuration time to zero. Deployment of corporate-owned devices with DEP means zero-touch configuration for IT, eliminates staging and automates device configuration.

Second, onboarding iOS or macOS devices is streamlined for users. Based on the settings IT configured, users are prompted through Setup Assistant (skipping through any unnecessary screens). Users only need to authenticate and don&#rsquo;t need to be tech savvy to get the content, apps and email they need on their smartphones.

Finally, supervising iOS devices over the air is possible with the DEP. With supervision, administrators have more control over the device and can disable features like AirDrop, the App Store and account modification. They can also enable features like password protection. Also, the MDM profile cannot be removed, which eliminates the possibility of un-enrollment to protect data and investments in devices and provides the best user experience possible.

What role does AirWatch play in Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program?

To utilize the Device Enrollment Program, MDM capabilities like those part of VMware AirWatch are required. AirWatch integrates with the Device Enrollment Program, enabling organizations to automatically import devices in the console based on order history. Then, administrators can easily configure settings, apply profiles, assign applications and set restrictions that will apply automatically when users unbox devices.

[Related: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered]

How can I join the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

First, enroll with Apple and register your organization&#rsquo;s information to create an account and designate your administrators. Next, configure your device settings and Setup Assistant steps in the AirWatch console. You then can ship devices directly to your users.

For more information, check out Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program Guide.

What are the device requirements for the Apple Device Enrollment Program?

The devices must be corporate-owned and purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers.*

*The Device Enrollment Program may not be supported by all Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

Where is the Device Enrollment Program available?

The Device Enrollment Program is available in 34 countries: Australia,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany, Greece,Hong Kong,Hungary,India,Ireland,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Mexico,Netherlands, NewZealand,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Singapore,South Africa,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom andUnitedStates.

What’s available for education with the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

Both Apple and AirWatch give special consideration to unique education use cases. With Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has delivered a central place for account creation, role definitions and content purchases. To support ASM, AirWatch designed a console section for education to setup mobile deployments and streamline management of teachers, students, classes, apps and more—whether you have a 1:1 or shared device deployment. After importing data from Apple School Manager, use AirWatch to:

  • Match devices with students or classes;
  • Assign applications (to users or devices); and
  • Configure the new Classroom application, allowing teachers to guide learning on iPads.

Students quickly choose the device with their photo displayed once their teacher has started the class.

Visit apple.com/business/dep/ and apple.com/education/it/ to learn more about the Device Enrollment Program.


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VMware + Ellucian: Smart BYOD & Apps with VMware’s Secure Digital Backpack for Education

At EDUCAUSE a few months ago, we announced a new technology integration with Ellucian&#rsquo;s student information system (SIS). This integration is part of our ongoing commitment to help IT teams evolve the way they enable learning through technology for their students and staff.

With VMware&#rsquo;s Secure Digital Backpack for Education, powered by VMware Workspace ONE®, technology finally meets the needs of every student on campus. IT can deliver any application—SaaS, cloud-native, traditional and mobile—to any device in a single sign-on (SSO) environment. The student&#rsquo;s digital workspace stays up to date in near real time and semester after semester as they add and drop classes, thanks to VMware&#rsquo;s new Ellucian Connector.

Come visit us in booth #131 in Orlando this week at Ellucian-Live 2017!

What This Means for the Industry

It is not breaking news that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is king in higher education. What is newsworthy is technology that breaks down IT complexity and barriers to improve teaching, learning and business workflows.

VMware works closely with higher education institutions across the U.S. to develop capabilities that meet the needs of today&#rsquo;s modern mobile learner. We help decrease student dependency on expensive, resource-intensive and inconvenient physical computer labs to get their work done. No longer does a student have to schedule time in a lab to access required and often specialized software.

[Related: College Students Learn Anywhere, Any Time with Spartan GreenSky]

What Does This Mean for IT?

Leveraging the Workspace ONE and Ellucian SIS technology integration, IT can simply entitle software once, based on the courses offered—traditional or online. Every student&#rsquo;s digital workspace automatically stays current without manual updates or in-house development. VMware leverages the Ellucian Ethos Platform™ to integrate student and course information from Banner® by Ellucian and Colleague® by Ellucian into VMware&#rsquo;s secure digital backpack technology then delivers needed applications to end users based on the courses they choose.

&#rsquo;As an open enrollment environment with more than 30,000 students pursuing traditional education, continuing education and professional development across more than 70 study areas, Schoolcraft College operates in one of the most diverse and dynamic learning environments,&#rdquo; said Patrick Turner, vice president and Chief Information Officer, Schoolcraft College,in the press release. &#rsquo;This new solution for Ellucian from VMware will help us deliver a secure and consumer-simple experience to our students while streamlining our costs.&#rdquo;

What Does This Mean for Students?

What VMware&#rsquo;s digital backpack means for students is simple: they can leverage whatever devices they choose to use the right applications, access the right content and know that everything they need is up to date. No need to remember multiple passwords. They can work from anywhere on any device for:

  • Seamless access to educational content both on and off campus;
  • Improved collaboration; and
  • Truly mobile learning and work

To find out more about VMware solutions for education or the new VMware Ellucian Connector, we hope you will reach out to us at 1-877-486-9273. You can also learn more by visiting vmware.com/go/edu.

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