Microsoft Cloud: Oxford Computer Group case study

OCG enables educators with the cloud. Oxford Computer Group empowered YES Prep with modern identity and access solutions with a cloud-based approach

The burden of disparate IT systems

To meet the needs of individual students, educators regularly must gather data from 30 to 40 different applications and systems—a burden YES Prep realized it could no longer pass on to its teachers.

“In K–12 education, the days of on-premises systems are numbered. Given their IT budgets, the typical district simply can’t manage the complexities and security concerns associated with maintaining all of these systems.”

–Steve Brugger, President, Oxford Computer Group

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A holistic, cloud-based vision

Oxford Computer Group (OCG) designed an identity and access management solution giving teachers single-sign-on (SSO) access to the applications they need from a single pane of glass.

A roadmap for sustained success

YES Prep Public Schools is now a cloud-first institution, allowing educators to spend more time on teaching while OCG continues to find new opportunities to add value to YES Prep via its managed service engagement.

Oxford Computer Group

Oxford Computer Group, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in Bothell, Washington, specializes in implementing identity and security solutions. As organizations continue to embrace cloud and mobile technologies, these solutions have become increasingly important. The modern enterprise must provide its workforce with secure access to the data and tools they need to do their jobs, wherever they might be.

In the education vertical, problems associated with identity and access are exacerbated by the sheer number of systems educators use day-to-day. For a teacher, time spent signing in to 30 distinct portals is time taken away from lesson-planning and designing curricula to give students the best opportunities to succeed. While there have never been more tools at a teacher’s disposal, these tools can become burdens if they can’t be accessed easily and securely.

Oxford High Five

“All the other vendors we talked to said it would cost millions of dollars and be nearly impossible, But OCG grasped exactly what we were trying to do and provided a cost-effective path to get there using Microsoft Azure.”

–YES Prep’s CIO, Richard Charlesworth