Tribal Group uses Microsoft Azure to help reduce student dropout rates

Tribal Group uses Microsoft Azure to help reduce student dropout rates
Tribal Edge allows individuals to raise concerns about their learning

Elly Yates-Roberts |

UK educational technology firm Tribal Group has signed up to Microsoft’s cloud platform to reduce student dropout rates.

Tribal Group specialises in student information systems that allow those studying at colleges and universities to raise concerns about their learning and enables teachers to spot issues and monitor progress.

Tribal has now developed a new cloud-based system entitled Tribal Edge. The company’s latest offering runs on Microsoft Azure.

“Microsoft is a clear leader with the breadth of its cloud offerings,” said Ian Bowles, chief executive of Tribal Group. “That, coupled with a focus on education, made Microsoft the obvious partner for our next-generation cloud offering. Working with Microsoft, we will be able to offer a host of new, complementary solutions to our extensive education customer base. By adopting Azure as our cloud platform, we know that our customers can deploy these innovative solutions quickly and with minimal effort.”

Tribal’s student information systems are used by over 80 higher education institutions in the UK, including the University of St Andrews and Ulster University.

“It is important for us to work with an organisation that truly understands the education sector and the specific needs of this market and was aligned with our vision of ‘empowering students of today to create the world of tomorrow’,” said Ian Fordham, director of education at Microsoft UK. “We are delighted to be able to work with Tribal as the market leader in student information systems for higher and further education, and its commitment to the Microsoft Azure platform is a further endorsement of Microsoft’s cloud and application offerings.

“This collaboration will truly deliver on the potential of cloud and mobile solutions to enhance the learning experience for all,” said Fordham. “We are looking forward to delivering exceptional value to our joint education customers.”

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