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Barbados Ministry of Education


Barbados meets the needs of the stakeholders in EduTech with a software solution from Fujitsu

The Challenge

The EduTech 2000 project represents a bold initiative by the government of Barbados to place technology in the hands of the stakeholders in education. To this end, the ministry with funding from the IADB & CDB procured from Fujitsu the central office core system that would be the backbone and driver of the management and distribution of software from the Ministry headquarters to the schools thus forming a centrally distributed mechanism for quality control, version control, and protection.

The Solution

The solution is defined by the integration of three elements of technology:

  1. CA Unicenter for remote network management
  2. Real Networks for multimedia distribution into schools
  3. Hardware to support the installation

The major element that Fujitsu brought to the mix was the ability to rapidly deploy its technology, train the users and ensure full compliance to the RFP terms and conditions. All of this was facilitated under the umbrella of one of Fujitsu's core competencies - project management. Indeed customer feedback has indicated that the success of the project has been in large part due to in equal part; Excellence of the products offered, excellence of the implementation team, and excellence of the quality of project management offered.

Results

The results of the project have, in the short term, been excellent. The ministry of education is now in a position to execute the mandate of the project specifications, all that remains now is for there to be a widespread uptake of the technology into the system. On the limited basis that the technology has been instituted into the wider school system, the reports are that the ministry has starter to see the benefits of the solution by merely having the ministry staff being able to remotely monitor and fix problems at schools remotely, this has saved time and has allowed for systematic reporting of problems to a central location. This has allowed the ministry to collect data on equipment failure rates, software resilience and time to fix, as a measure of vendor ability. None of this data was previously easily available.

"The Ministry is now a in a position to meet and exceed the needs of the stakeholders in EduTech thanks to this enabling software solution".

Industries:

  • Education

Offering Groups:

  • Solutions

Solution Areas:

  • Business Process Management

Regions:

  • Caribbean

Challenges:

  • Place technology in the hands of the stakeholders in education
  • Form a centrally distributed mechanism for quality control, version control and protection

Benefits:

  • Ministry staff can remotely monitor and fix problems
  • Technology allows systematic reporting of problems to a central location
  • Ministry can now collect statistics to measure vendor ability