EduWave prefers Tux

The Middle East's e-learning platform, EduWave, is to be made available on the open source Linux platform following a deal between IBM and Jordanian IT company Integrated Technology Group(ITG).

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  October 26, 2003

The Middle East's e-learning platform, EduWave, is to be made available on the open source Linux platform following a deal between IBM and Jordanian IT company Integrated Technology Group(ITG) .

"We believe that it is critical that EduWave be made available on Linux. Government education authorities in the Middle East and elsewhere are evaluating and in many cases will be adopting open source platforms as they build national e-government and e-education initiatives. IBM will bring training and development resources to ITG's team, as well as providing strong co-marketing capabilities," says Walid Tahabsem, chief executive officer of ITG.

As a result of the agreement, IBM will support ITG's development team with resources, training and facilities to develop, support and update EduWave on Linux. The move will allow EduWave to be offered on Linux based servers and will support all network clients on the desktop, allowing educational authorities to 'mix and match' as they move away from legacy systems.

BusinessOne, a subsidiary of Jordanian software and services company STS, would develop services based around IBM's WebSphere middleware. "Being both an IBM partner and a partner in the e-learning consortium with ITG enables us to contribute ti the success of EduWave by bringing software services and training support to the project to speed up its adoption on a regional level," says Ramzi Zeine, CEO of BusinessOne and chairman of STS.

"EduWave is key to the development of the Middle East's e-learning markets.With IBM's support, ITG will build a version of EduWave running on Linux in order to be able to offer the system to regional governments who are now demanding an open source alternative," says Bashar Kilani, manager of IBM Software group MENA.

EduWave is a learning, schools management and content management system (cms) which provides 'e-learning' services. The system has been deployed to serve over 3,000 schools in Jordan, some 1.2 million students, over 50,000 teachers and some 5,000 administrators.

EduWave is also being deployed as the core e-learning platform in a number of school districts in the US state of New Jersey and is being evaluated by ministries of education in several Middle East countries for their national e-learning initiatives.

"The opportunities in the regional e-learning market are enormous and EduWave stands as a unique product. It is the only comprehensive system being used 'live' today in schools in the region, supporting English, Arabic and other languages. We have developed a vast range of curricular content from K1-12, designed specifically for the educational needs of this region," adds Tahabsem.

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