Ottawa-Carleton District School Board selects AstraSync

AstraSync has been chosen by Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to provide enhanced over-the-air synchronization between their servers and BlackBerry smartphones.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is the largest school board in Ottawa, Canada, and offers students and parents a world of choice for education, growth, and achievement.  They employ over 4000 teachers and administrative staff across 150 schools.  To ensure the best possible learning experience the School Board uses Open Text™ FirstClass as a district wide communication platform.  FirstClass is used as a collaboration tool as well as email, calendar and contacts for all School Board executives, teachers and ancillary staff.  AstraSync has been integrated with the FirstClass Messaging and Collaboration Suite to deliver the same ActiveSync-compatible functionality to BlackBerry smartphones that is built-in to the new Apple iPhone 3G.

“Having a stable reliable communication tool is critical to any organization” said Rex Vollans, PMP Project Manager for the School Board.  “AstraSync is just that, once you have an established wireless connection and completed the initial calendar and contact sync you just leave the program running in the background and don’t have to touch it.”

“We are delighted that Ottawa-Carleton School District Board is benefiting from AstraSync’s close integration with FirstClass Messaging and Collaboration servers”, replied John Davies, President and CEO of MailSite.  He continued “AstraSync’s effortless real-time syncronization will help ensure that the Board’s students and staff have access to the right information at the right time, wherever they are.”

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is the largest school board in Ottawa and offers students and parents a world of choice for education, growth, and achievement. Our 150 schools offer a wide range of programs to promote learning excellence and meet the individual needs of students, parents, and the community at large.  All schools are teaching communities where our principals, vice-principals, teachers, and support staff nurture and challenge students to achieve their best in academics, the arts, athletics, and technology.

Open Text™ is the largest independent provider of Enterprise Content Management software and solutions.  The FirstClass Division of Open Text is a leading provider of cost-effective, highly scalable, and feature-rich messaging and collaboration solutions that enable education organizations and businesses to connect people and content within secure online communities.  Over 3,000 organizations and 9 million users worldwide are currently using FirstClass.

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