IT consulting firm Networld Solutions has announced a contract extension with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Under the new one-year agreement, Networld will provide the district continued IT planning and project management services that align with SMMUSD's Education Technology Plan.
Education systems provider Maximus has released a new version of its SchoolMAX Enterprise student information system. The update includes a variety of reporting and access enhancements, as well as new features for tracking usage.
Utah will be rolling out a new student data management and achievement system statewide--the first such statewide deployment of its kind. The Utah State Office of Education has signed on with DigitalBridge for a system called DigitalSAMS, which will be made available to some 40 Utah school districts and 96 charter schools, as well as the Office of Education itself.
The Latin School of Chicago has signed on with BakBone Software to provide its VMware-based virtualized infrastructure and heterogeneous data protection. Under the agreement, the school will use BakBone's NetVault: Backup solution to protect information on more than 80 servers throughout the campus.
IBM and Pike County Schools have confirmed a five-year agreement that will provide the Kentucky school district with Virtual Infrastructure Access desktop hosting. The service will provide older PCs within the district Internet performance similar to newer machines.
After some speculation that the final release of SQL Server 2008 may slip yet another quarter, Microsoft said its next-generation database is on pace to ship in the third quarter.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, which was technically approved in April as an international standard (ISO/IEC 29500), may be on its way toward surviving an appeals process--the last challenge to its legitimacy as a standard.
The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (a program designed to help consolidate Virginia's IT infrastructure) have signed on with Infinite Campus to allow districts in the state to purchase the Infinite Campus student information system (SIS) without the need for an RFP.
TIES--a technology and services cooperative owned by 38 Minnesota school districts--is using Oracle solutions for its TIES Records Management Project (TRMP).
The Canal Winchester Local School District in central Ohio selected the ArcMail Defender e-mail archiving solution to meet compliance with updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. These updates require U.S. organizations to retain electronic data so it can be produced in response to discovery requests resulting from litigation.
- By Dian Schaffhauser