New CloudConnectTM Simplifies the Creation and Management
of Live@edu Accounts for Districts

SALT LAKE CITY – Dec. 21, 2010 – Pearson today announced its new CloudConnectTM product to help schools simplify the creation, set-up and management of Live@edu accounts for both students and staff.

The CloudConnect product from Pearson Data Solutions (formerly Edustructures) allows districts and education agencies that rely on the Microsoft Live@edu free suite of hosted Microsoft applications (e-mail, calendars, document sharing, instant messaging and video chat) to expand the set of services they offer their students and staff.
CloudConnect both simplifies and speeds up the set-up process of Live@edu accounts for district IT administrators – making management of accounts less labor intensive and easier to implement.

CloudConnect utilizes Microsoft Active Directory and SIFWorks® Directory Manager to exchange student and staff records with the Live@edu application and easily provides automated provisioning of Live@edu accounts using the existing student information system. As students and staff move in and out of a district or transfer between schools, CloudConnect automatically provisions or deprovisions their Live@edu account, greatly simplifying administrative updates and maintenance needs. This frees up time and valuable resources, as information technology (IT) administrators and coordinators no longer have to individually set up and configure Live@edu user accounts for new or existing students or staff. It also provides automated support for Acceptable Use Policy.

“Like all of our data interoperability products, CloudConnect is just another example of how Pearson is making the movement and management of data seamless, secure and easier – for students, staff and IT administrators,” said Steve Curtis, president, Pearson Data Solutions. “CloudConnect allows school districts an easier, more efficient way to implement and manage Live@edu accounts, saving time and resources that can be dedicated toward additional classroom instruction and other important educational activities.”

CloudConnect offers synchronized sign-on for Live@edu accounts (based on Active Directory usernames and passwords), which means users can access their Live@edu user account using the same username and password used at the school.

CloudConnect is built on the SIF Certified SIFWorks® Directory Manager product, supports multiple versions of SIF for use in mixed environments, and a single CloudConnect application can scale to support individual schools, entire districts or statewide implementations.

About Data Solutions and Pearson
Pearson Data Solutions is the recognized leader in enterprise interoperability solutions for the PK-20 education market. Through its SIFWorks® integration platform, National Transcript Center solution, comprehensive professional services and relationships with business partners and educators, Pearson Data Solutions connects the systems that power education. For more information about Pearson Data Solutions, visit www.pearsondatasolutions.com.

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher licensure testing, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit www.pearson.com.

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