The University of Cantabria, based in Santander, Torrelavega and Comillas in Cantabria, Spain, has implemented Microsoft Office 365, which includes Exchange Online, SharePoint and Lync functionalities.
The project has allowed more than 15,000 students to take advantage of the connectivity, security, and flexibility associated with cloud computing.
Students now benefit from more modern and high-capacity tools, similar to those used by their teachers. “Students will begin to get familiar with the applications they will encounter in the vast majority of companies, as they join the workforce,” said Javier Crespo, responsible for systems infrastructure of the IT service at the University of Cantabria.
For the university, the most immediate benefit was the ability to free up resources for other computer science tasks that are more directly linked to teaching.
Currently, the University of Cantabria enjoys different features of Microsoft Office 365, which will likely be extended in the future. Exchange Online was launched in March 2013; Lync Online in May 2013; and SharePoint Online, in October of the same year.
“In the future, we are interested in further expanding the use of collaborative work tools, as well as communication and cross dissemination of knowledge among our students,” said Crespo. “Therefore, we are interested in exploring what enterprise social networks such as Yammer can provide in this regard.”
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