Give students the IT experience they expect by making university software available on their own devices.

Bring Your Own Device has been a hot topic in Higher Ed IT for years. But many universities and colleges face lots of challenges when they come to implement a BYOD policy, and usually hit a brick wall when they see the costs of VDI solutions.

Students today bring with them more powerful devices than ever. Along with expectations that they can use them to access university resources such as their academic applications.

But BYOD in Higher Ed is much more about just providing an active Wi-Fi connection. Higher Ed across the planet has embraced BYOD more than any other industry. Universities and colleges are leading the way by taking advantage of the benefits that come from delivering managed IT resources to student-owned devices.

Most Higher Ed offers some form of BYOD service. But it's normally restricted to very basic services and amounts to no more than an internet connection and access to emails! Improve student outcomes by delivering academic applications to BYO devices, on and off-campus, available anywhere, anytime.

Give students the flexibility to choose where and when they work

Enabling BYOD makes the student experience awesome! Give them the flexibility to work wherever and whenever they want to, by making academic applications available on their own devices, on-demand. Whether they're at home, on-campus or in the coffee shop, give them their IT services anywhere, anytime.

Give students access to software on and off campus
Attract and retain more students with a BYOD policy

Retain and attract more students

Awesome technology on its own can't give your students an awesome experience, but in our experience it can be an enabler to attracting and then keeping students. Students who can use their own devices are happy. Happy students are more successful. Great technology makes students more successful. More successful students are happier students. Repeat.

Free up space and time    

On-campus PC labs and pools are a costly drain on resources. Making the university software that students use every day accessible from any device reduces the need for these prehistoric pods, freeing up both space and time, as your IT team wastes less time solving their myriad of issues. 

More space. More time. Less hassle. It’s easy to see why we’re a higher ed. IT team’s dream. 

Reduce on-campus PC labs by enabling student BYOD
Reduce IT support tickets by enabling BYOD

Reduce support tickets for software access

We hear it all the time. Students frustrated and IT departments battling against the constant stream of support tickets feeling like they’re getting nowhere. Provide a consistent way to access every academic app on any device in any location, making it easy for students to get the apps they need to get their work done resulting in far less tickets!

Keep it quick 

VDI is great for virtualizing the desktop, but software apps tend to slow down as the pixels stream down the line, from server to endpoint. And what happens when a student wants to work offline, or on a GPU-intensive application? Snails pace, that’s what.  

With AppsAnywhere, you virtualize the application and it runs on the end-device as if it were locally installed. No pixel streaming, buffering, or delays - just uninterrupted, speedy access for students on the go. 

Enable BYOD and make your CIO happy.

When you consider the benefits of BYOD, it's no wonder why it's a strategic objective of forward-thinking CIOs across the globe. The ability of being able to deliver the all the services your students need in a flexible and on-demand way is sure to increase the user experience and productivity, while supporting mobile or remote working.

But true BYOD to us would include services that create value around the Wi-Fi connection. Services that would enhance and improve the student outcomes and, more importantly, provide you with ROI or ROE (Return on Education). BYOD in our world means providing access to end-user computing services, such as desktops and apps, directly on the end-users' laptops or devices, at any time and anywhere.

In fact, BYOD in our world isn't just restricted to geographical boundaries. It could be on laptops on campus, it could be on a desktop at home. In our world BYOD creates a university without walls!

Deliver university-licensed software - along with open source apps and web apps - to BYO devices, while fully complying with individual vendors' licensing restrictions, and make your students (and your CIO) happy!

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Why should you enable BYOD with AppsAnywhere?

By giving your university or college the tools to deliver any app to any device, we'll help you improve student outcomes and achieve those dream strategic IT goals of Bring Your Own Device! Here's how we help Higher Ed to enable BYOD...

  • Students want to get on with their studies

Make sure they can access the software they need anywhere, any time and on any device. Whether they're in a specific lab, a more general computing area, in a campus coffee shop or off-campus at home and abroad. AppsAnywhere enables access to academic applications on any browser and any device, including Windows, macOS and Chromebooks. One central place for all software, wherever and whenever.

  • Students need software to run quickly

VDI is great for virtualizing the desktop. But software apps generally slow down as the pixels stream down the line, from server to endpoint. And what happens when a student wants to work offline, or on a GPU-intensive application? With AppsAnywhere you virtualize the application and once virtualized, it runs on the end-device as if it were locally installed. No pixel streaming, 'buffering' or delays.

  • Students hate traditional campus labs

Students don't want to rely on access to and availability of specific rooms/labs to get their work done. They want to work wherever and whenever they want. It's the modern day approach to flexible working, an important perk many graduates look for when it comes to finding their first job, too! AppsAnywhere enables you to deliver applications to students where and when they need them. Let the apps follow the students, not the other way around!

  • Students love app stores and flexibility

Students expect an 'app store' or a simple and easy way to get the software they need. Consumer mobile devices have created this expectation and have proliferated 'on-demand' access to key resources. This has also extended to the provision of software in Higher Education. Students want a 'go-to' place for all their software, on-demand, on any device.

  • Awesome university IT department

Support teams that focus on proactive support, as opposed to firefighting patches and upgrades and building endless images, can help their students and faculty more effectively. AppsAnywhere provides a clear and central point of access for all software, helping to reduce the support tickets related to application access and delivery. And thanks to our next-gen application virtualization technology, the size of your image (and time it takes to image machines!) is much, much smaller/lower!

BYOD at Coventry University

See how one of the UK's leading modern Higher Ed institutions is enabling student BYOD. By delivering on key strategic IT initiatives such as BYOD, Coventry University are increasing IT efficiencies while providing equitable access to software for every student, on and off campus.

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