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Illinois Selects e-academy’s Online Software Distribution and Management System

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June 4, 2001 – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has selected e-academy’s License Management System (ELMS), a web-based software distribution and management tool designed specifically to meet the diverse needs of academic institutions.

ELMS provides a secure and policy-based framework that automates the processes involved in campus software distribution and volume license administration. A branded self-serve environment enables Illinois faculty, students and staff to acquire the software they need anytime, anywhere subject to UI’s specific licensing and pricing policies. The System’s security features eliminate software piracy while providing accurate tracking and reporting to ensure licensing compliance.

Said Pete Siegel, Illinois CIO, “Our decision to purchase ELMS from e-academy fits well with our overall strategy of ensuring that all campus services are available to all students and faculty on campus, in residences, and anywhere a web browser is available. ELMS will aid greatly in our ongoing commitment to excellent customer service, enhancing licensing compliance, and reducing the cost of software distribution and management.”

Illinois will use the system to deliver all types of software-site and volume-licensed software, freeware/shareware and unique semester-based software rentals from e-academy. The System will define policies such as eligibility rules, pricing and inventory; track and deliver pre-purchased site and volume licensed software, and operate as a “software storefront” for single-user and departmental purchases of a variety of software titles.

Said Rich Williams, Associate Director, User Services and Departmental User Services in Illinois’ Computing and Communication Services Office, “I am excited to be working on the deployment of ELMS at Illinois. We wanted to work with a partner whose system could be customized to fit our campus’ needs as well as full integration with our authentication and purchasing systems has made my experience extremely positive.”

ELMS users will be authenticated using their NetID for the University’s existing network infrastructure, Bluestem, thereby eliminating the need for an additional login and password for each user. Faculty and staff can charge software acquisition to departmental budget accounts while students can charge their purchases to their personal credit card.

Said e-academy Director of U.S. Operations, Bill Schallmo, “We are pleased to be working with the University of Illinois on the deployment of ELMS. As a comprehensive, turnkey solution for software delivery and management it will provide significant benefits to the entire academic community. Software publishers as well will benefit from more effectively targeting their licensing programs to maximize adoption and increase revenues while reducing piracy and containing distribution costs.”

About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a major public research university that is ranked among the best in the world. As a land-grant institution chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts both theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. The Computing and Communications Services Office provides computing and telecommunications services and support to students, faculty, and staff.


Adam Januszkiewicz

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