Sydney University gets a lot of things right and for that reason it’s in the top 100 globally, so the university’s recent agreement with Dropbox to roll it out campus wide in a world first 67,000 user agreement is a pretty strong endorsement for the software.
Citing an already strong organic adoption of Dropbox, Sydney University’s entire population of researchers, academics, staff and students will use it as its primary piece of collaboration software. That’s a lot of usage considering the University has six faculties and three University schools, 12,000 staff, 52,000 students and over 8000 external partners with which it regularly collaborates.
“Collaboration is vital to our success as a University. Technology and digital innovation is key to the unique learning experience offered at the University of Sydney. As our staff undertake multidisciplinary research, they increasingly need to coordinate with different areas of the University. Dropbox will fast-track this process,” Mike Day, CIO at the University of Sydney, says.
“The data told us that our researchers and staff highly favoured Dropbox, so we saw the opportunity to provide them with a formal collaboration solution that we knew they would actually use. Having strong user adoption from the get-go ensures a project of this scale is successful. Dropbox Enterprise’s capabilities will also give us greater visibility of the data and files that are being stored and shared, as well as the ability to contain and control associated digital and technology costs.”
Another driver for choosing Dropbox was the openness of the platform and its ability to integrate seamlessly with thousands of software applications, including popular education apps such as Office 365, Blackboard, Turnitin and Notability.
Tony Ward, Dropbox’s County Manager for A/NZ says “Our mission is to simplify the way people work, and in an environment like a university, where the web of collaboration is vast and complex, a platform like Dropbox can add immense value. Our enterprise-grade security capabilities, coupled with our user-centric design philosophy and open ecosystem will help the University of Sydney execute against its aim of creating a collaborative environment that fosters excellence and innovation.”
So much to do, so little time. It is a trite phrase, but when I found myself as the only DigiTech teacher in the school, it suddenly gained a lot more meaning.
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