9 Nov.

Office 365 mail rules for education

Recently my firm Paradyne has been signing up and deploying K-12 schools in Australia to Office 365 at a rate of knots.

One of the concerns we easily overcome is around monitoring the Exchange Online environment and protecting students from bullying and other negative behaviours.

Previously in Live@Edu (the predecessor to Office 365 for Education) Microsoft supplied some out-of-the-box supervision policies based on Exchange transport rules.

This is no longer the case with Office 365 for Education, however on the UK Education Cloud Blog they provided a guide for how to re-create these supervision policies:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukliveatedu/archive/2012/03/02/supervision-policies-for-exchange-online-in-office-365-for-education.aspx

 28 Jun.

New Paradyne case study: Woodleigh School

I’m always proud of the work we do at Paradyne, as our focus is on helping organisations simplify their IT and save money where possible.
We’ve been having tremendous success with Office 365 for commercial organisations since the product was released a year ago (to the day).
I’m most proud of the work that we do for not organisations where funds and resources are not as plentiful, such as not for profit organisations and charities – as Office 365 allows them to spend more time and money focusing on providing a better level of service.

Several months ago Paradyne migrated the first K-12 school in Australia onto the Office 365 for Education platform.
The customer initially wanted to run in Hybrid mode with staff using the on-premise Exchange Server 2010 infrastructure and students using Exchange Online. After only a short period of time the school was so impressed with Exchange Online they moved ALL the users across – a total of 1,100 staff and students.

Given the impending availability of Office 365 for Education the release of our Woodleigh School case study – a great example of educators choosing the right platform on which to build their students future.