OTTAWA, August 24, 2005 – e-academy, Inc., and Microsoft Corporation have renewed their agreement to have e-academy manage software distribution for the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) Program for 2006. e-academy Inc, the leading provider of digital content management and software distribution solutions to higher education, developed a distribution solution for Microsoft that provides each member in the MSDNAA Program with e-academy’s License Management System (ELMS). ELMS is a multilingual software management and distribution portal that efficiently manages the software distribution and licensing policies associated with Microsoft’s licensing program.
Microsoft’s MSDNAA Program is designed specifically for academic labs, faculty, and students in the curriculum areas of Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Systems to make it easier and less expensive to obtain Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional purposes.
“Renewing the MSDN AA agreement demonstrates Microsoft’s confidence in the e-academy educational partnership model and the ELMS platform.” said Ram Raju, CEO of e-academy Inc. “e-academy is committed to provide easy access to Microsoft’s rich selection of teaching tools to educational institutions around the world.”
e-academy Inc. initially launched a beta program with Microsoft Corporation in 2001-2002. “By using ELMS, I basically solved all of my distribution problems,” said Scott Barker of the University of Washington. “I upload lists of students periodically, the students are automatically sent their user ID and password, and the system tracks what software they download and hands out all the license keys. The system also reports to Microsoft how many copies of each product were downloaded, so I have no other work to do.”
By July 2005 e-academy had rolled out MSDN AA Software Centers systems to over 3800 MSDNAA members in 46 countries. The new contract provides for an additional 800 systems in 2006.
“We are delighted to be renewing this relationship with e-academy, said,” said Joe Wilson, Group Product Manager at Microsoft. “In order to provide a turnkey distribution and management solution to all MSDN AA members, Microsoft needed a secure and scalable solution. e-academy’s solution meets these needs.”
About e-academy Inc.
e-academy Inc. is the leading provider of software distribution solutions to higher education. e-academy’s ELMS software distribution platform is used by over 4,400 educational institutions worldwide, in five languages. e-academy’s STATS Center, stats.e-academy.com, specializes if providing affordable term licenses of leading statistical software to the academic market.