Sana’a University to deploy Micorosft solution

The synergy between hardware and software is what provides customers with a seamless computing experience, making the technology in their lives work as a connected whole.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  October 6, 2004

Microsoft has secured a contract with Sana’a University in Yemen to deploy its e-learning solution to the university’s 70,000 staff and students. The deployment of the solution will provide the university students an integrated learning environment, which includes course content, online examinations and course work, submission and communication and collaboration tools. The vendor will manage the implementation in partnership with its technology partner Al-Salam. “This project marks a milestone in e-learning in the region and Sana’a University is leading the way in this field. The university already works closely with Microsoft, and we share its belief that the use of ICT in education can make a difference to the prospects of students,” says Dr Saleh Ba-Surrah, rector at Sana’a University. The university, which teaches Microsoft technologies as part of its courses, is also establishing a Microsoft IT Academy on the campus. It says the initiative will help increase the organisation’s capabilities to teach ICT as part of the Microsoft Partners in Learning program. “However, it was the vendor’s proven experience in providing practical e-learning solutions and the effectiveness of the solution that led us to choose the gateway solution for this project,” says Majid Al-Masri, general manager of IT division at Al-Salam. The academic agreement covers software licenses for a number of different Microsoft applications that will be combined to provide the complete IT infrastructure for the university and the e-learning solution. The solution comprises applications that handle e-mail and live communications, a portal solution to enable staff and students to access data from off-campus. The agreement also includes Windows and desktop server licenses. “Our technology is driving e-learning solutions across the Middle East, but this project is one of its kind anywhere in the world, and it is always good to know that our solution will enable new and innovative solutions to students and educators in Yemen, says Abdullatif Al Mulla, general manager of Microsoft South Gulf. The software giant has been busy at this years’Gitex. Besides signing deals, the vendor has been attracting the attention of the tradeshow visitors by demonstrating the benefits of its integrated solutions for the home and for work. The showcase at the vendor’s C9-1 Sheikh Rashid hall comprises two areas, one for office solutions and the other for the home. Each zone includes integrated solutions based on technology from Microsoft and its partners that demonstrate how Windows provides the platform to create innovative environments for a connected world. “The solution that we are showcasing at our stand is really a demonstration of Microsoft’s commitment to innovation, to open standards and to working with partners in making exciting scenarios possible. The Windows experience is about ensuring that the value the Microsoft platform is greater than the sum of its components,” explains Mazen Shehadeh, product marketing manager at Microsoft South Gulf. “By integrating hardware and software we are creating business solutions, home automation and enhanced entertainment systems.” The home area also includes the ConvergeX Home Automation Platform —the vendor’s. Net-based how automation solution that enables users to control aspects of their home such as lighting, security and air conditioning through control pad. “The Microsoft .Net platform and our adherence to industry standards mean that with Windows we have a powerful and flexible platform that can be extended to mobile devices, and that can be integrated with business applications to create solutions that can create business advantage. The synergy between hardware and software is what provides customers with a seamless computing experience, making the technology in their lives work as a connected whole,” Shehadeh notes.

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