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Product distribution in higher education allows students and educators to collaborate and connect in ways they never have before. The Douglas Stewart Company (, distributor and marketer of computer products, has distributed ACD System ( products (digital imaging software) as well as Internet messaging and firewall software from Kerio Technologies ( to academic resellers throughout North America.


As Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) grows in enrollment and staff, so d'es the institution’s need to maintain and manage IT on campus. NWTC has selected an operating unit from SunGard Collegis (, a services provider to help the delivery of education. SunGard will also help NWTC with “strategic and project planning, as well as 24/7 student help desk support for its CMS,” says a SunGard Collegis spokesperson. M&A etc.


In an effort to provide users with a large-scale repository of customized online courses, Desire2Learn (, provider of enterprise learning systems, and Merlot (, international cooperative with more than 10,000 online teaching and learning materials, have partnered to improve online teaching and learning. This partnership will “leverage Merlot’s vast resources” by allowing D2L users “access to reusable learning objects within the D2L environment,” say D2L spokespeople.


Faculty, staff, and students at Tennessee Technological University report they have greatly benefited from the partnership of WebCT (, provider of eLearning solutions, and Macromedia (, the design and Web content software provider. The two firms have teamed up to enable users to publish content in a “single operation” with Macromedia’s current eLearning tools.


Helping to connect engineering students to the “real world,” California State University-Los Angeles has received for its starter program 20 licenses of software from Delmia (, provider of lean digital manufacturing solutions. Delmia’s software will be used in the Department of Technology, helping to prepare students for aerospace and automotive careers through computer simulation.



Recently, Mark David Milliron, executive director of the SAS Education Practice, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for Western Governors University (UT), a non-profit that helps busy, working adults attend college. Prior to joining SAS (, a business intelligence software and services provider in education, Milliron was at the League for Innovation (, an international consortium for community colleges, for eight years. “Given the leadership in place, the support from the western governors, and WGU’s recent success with the national Teachers College, I look forward to serve on the Board of Trustees,” says Milliron.


Ajei S. Gopal, former IBM ( exec and co-founder/CEO of ReefEdge Networks (, has been appointed senior vice president of Symantec ( ReefEdge Networks is a provider of wireless LAN systems; Symantec is an information security provider. Gopal is now responsible for guiding the company’s technology strategy, integrating with technology partners, and leading the firm’s merger and acquisition activities.

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