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“USC views the Centrify project as an investment in our students, but it’s offered significant savings as well. The value to enabling BYOD in one classroom alone is over $60,000.”

MICHAEL GOAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF IT FOR VITERBI BUSINESS AFFAIRS, USC

CENTRIFY IDENTITY SERVICE  CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT

The USC student body had access to a state-of-the-art computing lab, but the facility’s business hours were restricted, and classes conducted during the day further limited availability. When open, the lab was often overcrowded with insufficient space to accommodate everyone. Rather than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars building a new lab, the school leveraged Centrify technologies to extend the lab virtually, without the purchase of even one new laptop.

Project Requirements

  • Integrate Macs into the Windows domain and provide Mac-specific group policies through Active Directory
  • Provide remote and on-site access to both Mac- and Windows-based apps for students with diverse hardware platforms
  • Simplify identity management with SSO authentication and provide anywhere, anytime access control based on Windows Security Groups

Aha Moment

“Simply enabling students to use their own devices transformed our computing lab from endless rows of computers into a flexible classroom with more flexible and innovative teaching methodologies,” says Michael Goay, Executive Director of IT for Viterbi Business Affairs at USC.

Bottom Line

Centrify is helping to improve learning with anywhere, anytime access and enabling classes traditionally taught in Mac-based instructional computing labs to be taught in any classroom, with or without computers. Students use their own laptops, save money on software licensing and enjoy a unified computing experience of single sign-on, persistent data storage and roaming across physical computing labs equipped with Macs and PCs as well as virtual computing environments.

 


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