Thomas More University enable BYOD and improve the student experience
The consistent delivery of software to over 15,000 students and 1,400 teachers across 4,000 devices is quite a challenge and was the goal which led to Thomas More's decision to implement AppsAnywhere. Learn more about how they accomplished this alongside enabling student and staff BYOD and greatly reducing image sizes, number of images and cost.
Thomas More University College is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, offering over 31 Dutch-taught and 5 English-taught bachelor’s degree programs in the province of Antwerp. Thomas More also offers exchange programmes in English, for students from partner universities. Following a 2013 merger of KHK, Lessius Antwerpen and Lessius Mechelen, Thomas More University College was founded.
This merger added another layer of detail to their goal, that being to smoothly and reliably consolidate the IT technologies and processes used by the three constituent institutions into a cohesive, robust and consistently-performing department.
Replacing previous application delivery solutions
Prior to the 2013 merger, the three institutions were using entirely different products to deploy software to their students; KHK made use of Windows Deployment Services alongside Microsoft Deployment Toolkit whilst Lessius Mechelen used Symantec's Altiris and Lessius Antwerpen used Symantec subsidiary, Norton's now-end-of-life Ghost.
The inherently different natures and technologies behind these delivery products resulted in a lack of cohesion between deployment methods and seamlessness was missing from the student and user experience. This necessitated all computers eventually being installed with FAT images and suffering from the associated drawbacks.
We were using this tech to deploy to all of our devices. Labs, open access areas, student & staff devices. You can imagine the number of images...
Improving the student experience with AppsAnywhere
When discussing the value added to their digital student experience by AppsAnywhere, Thomas More said that its flexibility was a key factor. Due to software not being locally installed on machines, IT are now able to deliver all software to all devices with a single package, including student and staff owned, non-managed devices. With today's students’ tendency to expect unlimited access to all applications, Thomas More can meet this demand and deliver a stellar, universally accessible digital experience to all its students and staff.
Another benefit of AppsAnywhere, as described by Thomas More, is the improvement in performance it enables. Less software installed on university machines means faster computers and faster logins. This is especially beneficial in a classroom or lab setting, where there is often potential for large numbers of users to be launching intensive software simultaneously.
Thomas More's previous challenges when it came to maintenance and upgrade were solved by AppsAnywhere's implementation. AppsAnywhere reduced the number of images to maintain by IT greatly, across both different campuses and varying devices.
With more than 10 campuses it was an easy decision. We can package an application once and deploy it to all other campuses.
Dieter De Gendt Program Manager, Thomas More University College
See how AppsAnywhere can package an application once and deploy it to all campuses or locations.
Watch the presentation to learn more...
Watch Dieter's recent presentation, given to the EUNIS community, and learn how Thomas More went about searching for an alternative to existing application deployment technologies, why they decided to implement AppsAnywhere, and what they have been able to achieve since moving from imaging to application virtualization.