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The Educational Computing Network of Ontario (ECNO) has helped school boards save millions of dollars by offering them new and innovative strategies for reducing the cost of administration and redirecting those resources into the classroom. The organization strives to simplify operations for school districts throughout Ontario by sharing technology and other solutions among districts. The organization's technology path changed when its Microsoft representative recommended that ECNO explore the possibility of using SharePoint Products and Technologies as the basis for its updated portal. The Microsoft representative suggested that ECNO and Keous attend an Architecture Design Session at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in New York City. ECNO and Keous benefited from their MTC experience, gaining greater confidence in their ability to successfully move forward with the portal using Microsoft technologies. Plus, they saved time and cut development costs. The savings could be passed to member districts. ECNO and Keous saved a significant amount of time during their development process. ECNO was pleased to discover that MTC architects based their recommendations on the specific needs of the organization. It included technical experts in many areas to explore various technological uses. Learning how to incorporate the Java code and still meet the security requirements meant that the NGO could avoid the 12 to 18 months it would have taken to rewrite that code.
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