Schools in the Netherlands often want to deploy education portals but lack the expertise and budgets to do so on their own. Wortell, a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, helps schools achieve their educational and administrative goals with portals based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway framework. With specialized templates and customizations from Wortell, schools get comprehensive, cost-effective education portals with on-site or hosted deployments.
Microsoft Office System Partner Solution Case Study Dutch Schools Tap Expertise to Deploy Education Portals at Reduced Cost “With the Microsoft framework, our customized Partner: Wortell Web Site: www.wortell.nl templates, and our expertise, schools not only get Partner Size: 100 online learning, they also get one centralized place for Country or Region: The Netherlands Industry: Education—Primary and administration and collaboration.” secondary schools Tim Heuperman, Sales Account Manager, Wortell Partner Profile Founded in 1987, Wortell is a Microsoft® Schools in the Netherlands often want to deploy education portals Gold Certified partner that builds but lack the expertise and budgets to do so on their own. Wortell, a innovative solutions based on Microsoft unified communications and collaboration Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, helps schools achieve their technologies. educational and administrative goals with portals based on the Software and Services Microsoft Learning Gateway framework. With specialized templates Microsoft Office and customizations from Wortell, schools get comprehensive, cost- − Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 effective education portals with on-site or hosted deployments. Microsoft Server Product Portfolio − Windows Server 2008 Standard − Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Business Needs many school districts struggle with having Like their counterparts in other countries, sufficient resources and staff to integrate Dutch primary and secondary schools need information and communications technology to provide enriched learning experiences and (ICT) into their operations. They frequently to extend learning beyond the classroom. In lack the budget to purchase the hardware addition, school boards and district and software for education portals that administrators in the Netherlands want the would support e-learning, and increased tools to communicate and manage their communication, collaboration, and institutions more effectively. They need to opportunities for more parental involvement. demonstrate accountability to parents and “As technology becomes more complex, the community and to communicate schools may also lack the expertise to efficiently, especially when schools are perform the integrations and customizations geographically distant from each other. that are required to adapt education portals For more information about other Microsoft Schools also often seek a centralized place for their individual needs,” says Tim customer successes, please visit: to share lesson plans and materials so that Heuperman, Sales Account Manager for www.microsoft.com/casestudies valuable knowledge can be shared. However, Wortell, a Netherlands systems integrator. Solution for them. The customizations that Wortell the Microsoft framework, our customized Many schools in the Netherlands have turned has created include a map for one district’s templates, and our expertise, schools not to Wortell to help them take advantage of ICT home page that showed the location of each only get online learning, they also get one to fulfill their educational and administrative of its schools. For other schools, Wortell has centralized place for administration and goals. As a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, developed a form builder, a digital portfolio collaboration,” says Heuperman. Wortell specializes in the deployment of for primary education, a training-and- education portals based on the Microsoft workshop builder, and a personal Administrators can use the portal to Learning Gateway framework. competence evaluation tool. monitor teacher and student progress. Students can work together on projects, The foundation of the framework is Microsoft Benefits and parents become more involved Office SharePoint® Server 2007 and Microsoft More than 720 schools and 100,000 users because they can view their children’s SQL Server® 2008 data management in the Netherlands now take advantage of a achievements online. Schools also get a software, which run on the Windows Server® Learning Gateway solution from Wortell. centralized repository for a knowledge 2008 operating system. Wortell also provides Schools can reduce costs and gain an easy- base of lesson plans and best practices. In Microsoft Live@Edu, a suite of applications to-use, comprehensive portal. addition, with e-mail messaging they can that works together with Office SharePoint improve communications throughout the Server 2007 to support communication and Expert assistance, reduced costs. By using school community. “Many companies offer collaboration. the Wortell Learning Gateway, schools can an e-learning portal,” says Heuperman. overcome two challenges—high “But to my knowledge, Microsoft is the The company calls its solution, which includes implementation costs and the lack of ICT only vendor that can deliver a the enhancements to the Microsoft expertise to deploy and manage the comprehensive, customizable, end-to-end framework, the Wortell Learning Gateway. education portal. With an on-site solution like the Microsoft Learning deployment provided by Wortell, schools Gateway.” Schools that use Wortell to create their can save time and reduce their portal education portals also receive specialized expenditures. For other schools, the Fast adoption, streamlined management. templates developed by Wortell for a school obvious choice is a Wortell-hosted portal. Because it is based on familiar Microsoft Web site, an intranet site, and an e-learning “Schools get the solution they need interfaces and technology, teachers, portal, along with Web Parts to modify the without having to manage it,” says administrators, and students quickly learn content, appearance, and behavior of Web Heuperman. ”They can easily add to their how to use the portal with only a little pages. Teachers can use the Microsoft portal as needs change. That’s really the training. Management is simplified, too. SharePoint Learning Kit (SLK), as well, to most cost-effective solution.” For schools that have on-site ICT staff, the create course plans and assignments and to education portal can be easily managed store and manage the content in SharePoint Quick deployment, comprehensive along with the rest of the school’s document libraries. And with Live@Edu, solution Microsoft infrastructure. A hosted teachers, administrators, and students can Wortell makes deployment fast for both implementation is even easier. Wortell get a free e-mail account that is associated on-site and hosted implementations of takes care of the management of a rich, with their school. Learning Gateway. The hosted extensible education portal so that deployments are an average of 80 percent schools can focus on their educational Wortell provides both on-site and hosted faster than the on-site implementations, and administrative priorities. deployments. It relies on another Microsoft typically taking just three hours for full partner for training in on-site deployments. deployment, provided the hardware is available. Because each school is unique, Wortell works closely with school personnel to learn about Schools get a more comprehensive their specific needs and customize a solution offering than with other solutions. “With This case study is for informational purposes only. 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