One of the easiest ways to see what is possible is to look at what other schools have done. We publish lots of 'case studies' on our worldwide website, and I had a quick look to see how many examples are there for UK Education institutions.
The Microsoft Worldwide Case Studies database is where all of our written case studies are stored - they are available to view online, or download. Currently, there are 35 UK Education case studies in the database, and 14 of them have been produced in the last 12 months. It is pretty easy to search - here's some subsets of the total base of case studies
- All Education case studies published in the last 12 months – 130 results
- Case studies from Education, for the last year, that are about SharePoint – 27 results
- Case studies from Education, for the last year, that are about Windows 7 – 10 results
of which 3 are from the UK - Lodge Park, Dean Close School and the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall
(charities count as education in the UK)
My favourite case studies of the last year?
To be honest, I often find myself first reading these because of where they are. And, well, there’s been a pile of case studies of education institutions switching to Live@edu from a wide range of climates, from hot to cold – India to Siberia:
- New Delhi in India (the first private school to be established in Delhi under the Raj)
- Medellín in Colombia
- and lots in the US, including from Palm Beach in Florida
- Haukipudas in Finland
- Московская финансово-юридическая академия (the Moscow Finance and Law Academy)
- Сибирский университет потребительской кооперации (Russia's Siberian University of Consumer Advocacy)
And then I get drawn to ones in places I’ve been to in my backpacking days, like:
- Waikato in New Zealand (beautiful town, and also now running Windows 7)
- Mississauga in Ontario (now solving critical data-centre cooling issues too!)
- Pune in India (was quite hippy when I was there, but now they are collaborating in the cloud apparently)
- Melbourne in Australia (which is a very lovely city, and presumably better because of their CRM system)
- Cairo in Egypt (where the Nile University are not only doing clever things with clusters, but also seem to have a magic phone number “1NILE”)
I’m sure you’ll find your own favourites on the worldwide case studies site.