Gone are the days when learning is limited to browsing an encyclopedia, reading books and attending a formal school set up. Today, digital learning is beyond the four corners of a school, home or office and is now readily available to anyone with internet access. Informative content is easier to find, access, control and distribute through digital technology.
In a bid to support academic institutions, ePLDT, the digital enterprise enabler of the country's leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT, Inc., continues to strengthen its cloud leadership as it expands its portfolio to include digital learning solutions with its recent inclusion to the Microsoft Authorized Education Partner (AEP) program.
Microsoft's education solutions offer a wide range of benefits to ePLDT's academic customers. For one, they enjoy a lower cost of investment compared to the standard commercial prices, and pay only for the licenses that are being used by faculty and staff and all their devices on campus. Students and faculty also get free access to Office 365 ProPlus, Windows 10 Education, and Intune. As customers, these academic institutions will also be eligible to access a range of online resources from the Imagine Academy, which include: tech curriculum, certifications, marketing collaterals, and lesson plans among others. Lastly, the schools can also serve as a testing center for Microsoft certification.
Indeed, ePLDT's status as a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner demonstrates its capabilities to fulfill the varying requirements of academic customers, while also helping them maximize creative ICT solutions designed for the education sector.
"Our inclusion to the Microsoft Authorized Education Partner program enables ePLDT to provide higher-value services and solutions for our country's academic institutions," said Nerisse Ramos, ePLDT Group Chief Operating Officer who noted that the partner status further highlights ePLDT's knowledge of and expertise in Microsoft academic products. "As it is doing with other industries, ICT is continuing to rapidly transform the education landscape, and ePLDT is committed to helping academic institutions accelerate their success with the adoption of digital learning solutions."
The Microsoft AEP Program is designed to authorize and equip organizations that deliver academic products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers with superior experiences and outcomes.
"By becoming AEPs, partners show themselves to be committed and trained in providing value-priced Microsoft academic products to the education market," shared Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector. "This authorization, along with our other education partner initiatives, gives our partners recognition of their areas of expertise and our academic customers the confidence that they are buying from academic IT specialists."
ePLDT's inclusion to the Microsoft AEP program also underscores the company's commitment to enabling customers from various industries and sectors to benefit from cloud technology. "We want to ensure that our customers take advantage of opportunities inherent in adopting cloud solutions for their business," shared Nico Alcoseba, Head of PLDT Group's Disruptive Business Group. "Our cloud services not only enable academic institutions to positively transform their operations; more importantly, it allows them to in turn expand their reach and tap new areas for growth."