November 13, 2019
Scantron Corporation, a global, technology and services driven company whose experts provide comprehensive assessment and technology solutions, today announced the launch of affianceSUITE EDU, a managed IT solution for the K-12 market. This latest offering is a full-service IT support model designed specifically for the evolving IT and compliance requirements of districts and schools. It includes a fixed-cost approach to escalated support and managed total endpoint protection as well as being a perfect complement to Scantron’s other technology solutions available within the K-12 space: managed security services, managed print services, and hardware support services.
Scantron has been supporting education institutions for decades and is a trusted, national provider of IT solutions, giving it a unique understanding of the challenges faced by the education industry. As districts and schools develop greater technology dependence, they struggle with resource constraints, underfunding, information security risks, and changing administrative environments making it difficult to design and maintain standardized, high-quality technology programs.
“We know that a majority of districts and schools don’t have the experience, resources, or time needed to learn all the latest cybersecurity and privacy laws,” said Kim Larsen, Vice President of Managed IT Services, Scantron. “And, when you add in the difficulty required to maintain effective knowledge of ongoing maintenance for 1:1 student device initiatives, network uptime, Windows 10 migrations, and basic classroom tech, along with the rapid rate of technology advancement, the problem seems insurmountable. Through affianceSUITE EDU, districts and schools have a cost-effective way to support all of their IT needs, now and into the future.”
According to recent studies done by Education Week, barely more than half (51%) of school districts nationwide have dedicated technology leads of any sort. In many cases, those tasked with supporting IT initiatives do not have time to learn all the latest best practices surrounding technology, including security threats, threat mitigation strategies, and staying on top of endpoint protection for the wide variety of devices supported. That’s where affianceSUITE EDU comes to the rescue.
“Scantron has always been known for assessment solutions, but it’s also offered expertise in managed IT solutions for more than 30 years,” said Mark McGuire, Vice President of Sales, Scantron. “It is important that the same districts and schools that rely on us for our assessment expertise know that we can fully support their IT requirements as well. With affianceSUITE EDU, Scantron is uniquely positioned to offer our clients more than what they can get from traditional vendors of either assessment or IT solutions. Our education industry specific solution targets the most common district and school needs.”
Scantron’s one-cost, one-stop solution helps districts and schools take action, protect critical data from heightened security threats, control variable costs, and better manage the peaks and valleys of service demands. It focuses on providing the best performing, most reliable IT environment organizations could have—designed to be robust, adaptable, and safe from a multitude of threats. affianceSUITE EDU can be used as a whole solution or clients can choose only the parts they need to supplement their current IT plans. This latest Scantron offering provides enterprise-quality IT support—configured specifically for K-12 education—without the overhead of an expanded IT department.
Scantron Corporation is a global, diversified company that empowers growth through intelligent, mission-critical assessment, technology, and data capture solutions for business, education, certification, and government clients around the world. Each year the company develops and delivers millions of digital education assessments and certification tests, provides managed technology support for several hundred thousand IT endpoints and devices, manages nearly a billion copied pages, prints & delivers hundreds of millions of high-precision, scannable answer sheets, and supports leading educational institutions, certifying bodies, small to large businesses, and government agencies across the globe. Scantron is headquartered in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with other locations in the Research Triangle of North Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska; and Columbia, Pennsylvania. Scantron is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings. For more information visit www.scantron.com.
Tim Luukkonen, Director Corporate Communications
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