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Second national procurement for web conference tool now available

Partners in the NREN award the second of two collaborative procurements to streamline web conferencing for Canadian higher ed and research institutions. Cybera, working with its National Research & Education Network (NREN) partners, is pleased to announce the second of two awards for a national web conferencing solution. This agreement with BlueJeans will see its …

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ShareIT Year in Review

ShareIT capped off its 2020-21 fiscal year with one of the strongest quarters to date, generating savings of over $3 million between January and March 2021! It was also a record-setting year for the team in terms of catalogue additions and PD&T. The ShareIT program added seven new contracts and hosted 29 information and knowledge …

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Web conferencing procurement now available

Partners in the NREN award the first of two collaborative procurements to streamline web conferencing for Canadian education and research institutions. Cybera, working with its National Research & Education Network (NREN) partners, is pleased to announce the first of two awards for a national web conferencing solution. The first agreement is awarded to Kaltura’s virtual …

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Cost savings and new training initiatives: the latest from ShareIT

Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has reported its most productive quarter ever in terms of creating cost savings. Between April 1 and June 30, 2020, the program facilitated $4.26 million in savings for its participating institutions. This number was calculated by comparing the actual spend on IT tools, licensing, and services to what organizations would have …

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Cybera’s shared procurement service adds audiovisual / Adobe licensing services

The Cybera-operated Alberta ShareIT Program provides cybersecurity and training services to Alberta’s education sector, as well as a highly valued cost-saving procurement service. This procurement service has now expanded its catalogue of offerings. With schools and post-secondary institutions adapting to the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for affordable and accessible online tools …

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Free webinar will look at IT asset management and cost optimization

Geared to Canadian CIOs and IT heads, this event will review ways to audit (and rationalize) your organization's IT assets. With every passing year, it becomes more challenging to assess and optimize current IT assets. Leaders are facing increasing demands for technology-delivered capabilities, and less organizational tolerance for an IT asset that is not being used (or …

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Cybera and Alberta education institutions expand collaborative partnership

Working with the Alberta Association for Higher Education Information Technology, Cybera will expand the learning, cybersecurity, and purchasing power of the province’s education sectors. In a move that will increase the technology capabilities of Alberta’s educational institutions, while reducing costs, the Alberta Association for Higher Education Information Technology (AAHEIT) has voted to join with Cybera’s …

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UPDATED – free resources available during COVID-19

Cybera has been notified of more tools and services being made available to education and public organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have further questions about a specific offering, please contact us at info@cybera.ca, and we can direct you to the vendor for more information. Cybera Vendor CIRA CIRA Canadian Shield: Free DNS service to protect …

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Alberta’s public shared procurement program adds communications hardware and services

Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has now added a variety of telephony equipment, licensing, and services to its catalogue of offerings. The “unified communications” (UC) services will make it easier for education institutions to administer secure phone and videoconferencing tools across their entire organizations. This is expected to further ease costs and reduce workloads for …

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Alberta’s Cost-Saving Public Shared Procurement Service Adds Vital Public Cloud Offerings

Since it launched in 2017, ShareIT has saved Alberta’s education sector nearly $9.5 million.  Alberta educators have come to rely on cloud-based tools to deliver classroom learning content, as well as to manage their back-end operations. To meet this growing need for cloud services, Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has added Amazon Web Services (AWS) …

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ShareIT Adds Security Services and Knowledge-Sharing Opportunities

As global hacks and data breaches continue to dominate headlines, Alberta educators are moving to increase the sophistication of their security tools, while collaborating on a joint line of defense. Last month, Alberta’s ShareIT procurement program added security services to its catalogue of offerings. In addition, ShareIT is now offering a learning platform for members …

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ShareIT expands its catalogue offerings

Alberta’s ShareIT procurement service has successfully entered its second year, marking $3.38 million in savings thus far for participating members. Now, the catalogue of end-user computing and networking hardware that can be purchased through ShareIT has expanded to include more products (under the categories of laptops, desktops, tablets, and wireless access points) from additional manufacturers. …

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Alberta Educators Save Nearly $1.7 Million in IT Procurement in 2017

Six months into the launch of Cybera’s ShareIT procurement service, Alberta’s education institutions have already saved nearly $1.7 million. ShareIT began in June 2017 as a collaboration between 19 post-secondary institutions who were looking to reduce the cost of their IT hardware and service purchases. Facilitated by Cybera (Alberta’s not-for-profit technology accelerator), the program has leveraged …

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Alberta K-12 schools invited to make use of shared IT procurement agreements

Less than six months after the successful launch of the Alberta post-secondary ShareIT procurement service, K-12 schools are now invited to benefit from this cost-saving program. ShareIT is an Alberta-based shared service that was formed by 19 post-secondary institutions in the province. Together, they have leveraged economies of scope and scale to give participants access …

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Representatives from ShareIT at the 2017 CUCCIO Awards

Massive collaborative effort nabs Alberta educators national IT award

Only weeks after officially launching, Alberta’s ShareIT procurement service has been nationally recognized by CUCCIO, Canada’s community of information technology leaders in higher education, for its groundbreaking collective achievement. At last week’s Canadian Higher Education IT Conference (CANHEIT), the Alberta post-secondary service received the esteemed CUCCIO Collaboration Award. ShareIT is a shared service that leverages …

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Alberta Post-Secondaries Come Together to Share IT Services, Expertise

In a groundbreaking move that will increase the technology capabilities of Alberta’s educators, while reducing their IT costs, a group of 19 post-secondary institutions (PSIs) have united to share their IT experience, knowledge, and procurement practices. ShareIT is an Alberta-based shared service that leverages economies of scope and scale — along with group procurement — …

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