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Submitted By: Nicole Mardian - Web Site: www.EduTone.com
EduTone Connectors Available/Google Apps
EduTone Corporation announced on January 25, 2011 the immediate availability of the EduTone Xchange™ - Google Apps Marketplace Edition, bringing Single Sign-On and automated end-user account provisioning capabilities to third-party education enterprise applications from within Google Apps for Education™.
The first two EduTone Connectors that are available immediately are for Moodle* and Sakai*, both of which are open-source learning management systems widely used by education institutions worldwide. In the coming months EduTone plans to roll out a large subset of its existing EduTone Connectors library, which currently includes over 150 Connectors, as they become optimized for the Google Apps Marketplace™. The cloud-hosted EduTone Connectors for Google Apps™ are available for free trials to Google Apps customers globally and are priced for as little as $25/month for any education institution with up to 500 Google Apps end-users.
The EduTone Xchange Platform was originally launched in July 2008 and has been licensed by over 3,000 schools globally, including a statewide deployment in Pennsylvania.
“We are excited about the Google Apps Marketplace Edition,” noted Robert Iskander, CEO of EduTone Corporation. “We hope to assist education institutions of all sizes to easily and affordably leverage cloud computing services in an efficient and cost effective manner by extending the Google Apps ecosystem to integrate with their own internally deployed enterprise applications such as Moodle or Sakai. By subscribing to these affordable EduTone Connectors, it now takes a few minutes, not days, for a Google Apps administrator to go through a simple three-step process to integrate a pre-existing or newly deployed third-party enterprise application with their Google Apps account.”
The Google Apps Marketplace makes it easy for the more than 3 million businesses and the thousands of educational institutions using Google Apps to discover, purchase and deploy integrated web applications and related professional services. By integrating with user account and application data stored in Google Apps, these cloud applications provide a simpler user experience, increase efficiency and reduce administrative overhead. To learn more, visit google.com/appsmarketplace.
"We are very happy to have EduTone Xchange as one of the first applications in the education category of the Google Apps Marketplace," adds Dennis Troper, product management director, Google Apps Marketplace. "Through the Google Apps Marketplace, software vendors like EduTone are helping us build a rich ecosystem of integrated apps that work seamlessly with Google Apps, allowing IT administrators to go 100% web and extend Google Apps to meet more of their organizations’ needs. We are excited to make educational tools easier for the more than 10 million of Google Apps for Education users who have embraced the cloud."