Los Angeles Community College District is rolling out Microsoft Live@edu to deliver communication services to students, faculty and alumni. Live@edu will allow LACCD to provide everyone on campus with cloud-based communication and collaboration tools while saving administrative and IT staff time, according to Microsoft.

LACCD, the largest community college district in the U.S. with more than 250,000 students at nine colleges throughout 36 cities in the greater Los Angeles area, is said to have selected Live@edu in part because of the technology's security features and identity management capabilities. Another reason was its easy integration with the district’s on-premise Exchange platform.

"Live@edu aligns with LACCD's strategic vision to modernize and improve our colleges to ensure Los Angeles residents are trained with the skills needed to fill jobs of the 21st century," Jorge Mata, CIO at LACCD, said in a statement. "We needed a solution that would be easy to administer across all our colleges.”

Microsoft teamed up with SADA Systems to deliver a customized offering for LACCD that mitigates the need for manual student email registration while reducing time and expense allocated toward the registration process. Once students register, they will automatically receive an email and collaboration account.

Live@edu will allow LACCD to provide students with a single email address even if they are enrolled at multiple colleges. The same is true for faculty who teach at multiple colleges. This will simplify communication for both the district and those it serves.

It will also help LACCD eliminate paper processes, such as printing fee receipts that can be emailed instead.



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