Leading Education ASP, Northarbour Adopts Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect Remote Access Solution
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Leading Education ASP, Northarbour Adopts Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect Remote Access Solution


Schools nationwide to benefit as Northarbour uses Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect to provide anytime, anywhere access for teachers, staff and parents.

Droitwich, Worcestershire, UK (4 Sept. 2006), – Ericom Software confirmed today that Northarbour, a leading ASP within the education sector, has after an exhaustive selection process chosen Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect to deliver its new Learning Point portal. The solution known as the Northarbour Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) will revolutionize the way schools deliver IT related resources to staff and pupils alike. This is integral to the DfES’ ‘Harnessing Technology' strategy which looks at enabling staff and students with secure remote access that allows them to access information and complete work from any location at anytime.

Taking advantage of Ericom's newly announced Software as a Subscription (SaaS) pricing model for ASP’s, Northarbour is able to avoid any up front license fees while aligning it's future expenses with revenues giving Northarbour a significant competitive advantage.

Since 2000 Northarbour has focused on the Education market with one key objective in mind, to simplify the delivery and use of ICT within learning environments. The company further aims to provide a single source of technology, skills and expertise to schools, colleges and other educational establishments that are practical and reliable alternatives to maintaining in-house ICT infrastructure. Over the years, the company has developed a number of innovative solutions that provide practical and reliable computing whilst removing complexity and reducing the cost of running ICT within schools, colleges and other educational establishments. The latest innovation is Learning Point a key element of "Northarbour's Integrated Learning Environment" (N.I.L.E.) which was developed to give new levels of reliability and access to a market in which trusted dependability is of the essence.

Martin Clarke, Managing Director at Northarbour said "We looked carefully at the market before choosing Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect. Key factors in our choice of Ericom were the quality of support, their cooperation in development and the local resources available to us.

Ericom was much more businesslike in its approach to partnership in the UK than its competitors and this has been borne out in our subsequent relationship with them. PowerTerm WebConnect RemoteView has become an important part of Northarbour's "Learning Point", a portal designed specifically for schools which allows access to the applications and information teachers, pupils and parents need, wherever they may be".

Ian Platt, MD Ericom UK, Western Europe and South Africa said: "Our relationship with Northarbour has gone from strength to strength.. Their business model and vision is very clear in that they want to work within the Education market to fulfil the standards being set out by Education Directives. As time goes on I'm sure that more and more educational institutions will see the benefits of what Northarbour is delivering and Ericom is delighted to be an essential part of the overall solution. PowerTerm WebConnect RemoteView coupled with Northarbour's unique offering will certainly change the way education is delivered".

About PowerTerm WebConnect
PowerTerm WebConnect is an enterprise-wide application access software solution designed for today's complex IT environments, allowing access anytime, anywhere, on-demand.

Implementing PowerTerm WebConnect enables organisations to:

  • Gain better manageability via a simple to use central management administration console
  • Deliver secure high performance application access to their IT infrastructure and business critical applications
  • Provide on-demand access via an intuitive and customisable portal or application zone
  • Ensure application and data security are not compromised
  • Establish flexible and remote work patterns to meet employees' needs
  • Remove the need for costly multi-vendor solutions which are cumbersome and expensive to maintain - standardisation on a single solution simplifies management and reduces costs
  • Achieve cost savings compared to alternatives – due to PowerTerm WebConnect's lower license cost, support costs and simplified infrastructure requirements
  • Consolidate server infrastructures by utilising MS64 bit servers and virtual architectures


About Ericom

Ericom Software is a leading provider of Enterprise-Wide Application Access Solutions. Since 1993, Ericom has been helping users access enterprise mission-critical applications. More than a decade later, Ericom continues to focus on its core business, while enabling access to applications running on a broad range of Microsoft® Windows® Terminal Servers, legacy and other systems; and helping organizations realise the benefits of their IT investments. With over 5 million installations in 45 countries, Ericom has offices in the UK, United States, EMEA, India and China and a network of distributors, strategic partners, and OEM partners in North America, Europe, Asia and the Far East.
For more information about Ericom and its products, please visit: http://www.ericom.com.


About Northarbour

How should schools position themselves to take advantage of changes in computer technology? How can they provide access to technology for as many children as possible – affordably and within budget? And how do they do this without taking an inordinate amount of time from teaching? Northarbour uses its experience of education and ICT to understand each school's particular challenges and provides them with a solution which maximises pupil access to ICT within budget whilst minimising management overhead. With Northarbour, schools are able to take advantage of opportunities in a rapidly changing ICT and education marketplace.


Contacts
Ericom Software
Hayley Edwards
Marketing Manager
Ericom Software
0870 2000 176
0870 2000 179
Hayley.edwards@ericom.co.uk
www.ericom.co.uk

Northarbour
Piers Fox
piers@piersfox.com
077 6969 7000