SIPS Education Ltd works with IT Managed Services Provider, Esteem, to deliver cloud based IT services to schools and colleges.
SIPS Education Ltd provides broadband and IT support services to educational establishments primarily in the Sandwell area, from early years through to sixth form.
Technology is increasingly being used in today’s curriculum, adding value to the learning process for students, and creating a flexible working style for teachers. Many of SIPS clients were looking to move from an on premise IT infrastructure to a cloud based solution, to increase their technical ability inside and outside of the classroom. SIPS needed a technology partner who could offer the experience and expertise in transitioning education establishments to the cloud.
SIPS chose to work with Esteem, who as a Microsoft Gold Partner has the technical experience and ability to deliver cloud expertise, transitioning schools and colleges to Office 365 and Azure platforms. Esteem and SIPS have already transitioned a number of schools and colleges to the cloud, including St Paul’s Primary School in Tipton, Christ Church Primary School in the West Midlands, and The Phoenix Collegiate, also in the West Midlands.
Stuart Hadley, Technical Support Services Manager for SIPS said: “We were impressed with the technical skill set and accreditations held by Esteem, which is why we first chose to work with them. Since they’ve started working with our clients, we’ve been really impressed with their level of professionalism and the service they deliver.”
Timothy O’Driscoll, Learning Support Practitioner at Christ Church Primary School said: “During our transition to Office 365, the Esteem staff were marvellous. They explained exactly what was happening at every stage of the project, and were on hand to offer full support and provide expert knowledge.”
Esteem and SIPS deliver joint consultancy to schools and colleges, understanding their priorities to deliver a bespoke solution.
Esteem’s technical team provide the resource and expertise needed to successfully transition clients onto their new cloud based platform.
Jayne Beasley, Finance Director for St Paul’s C of E Academy in Tipton, said: “Using technology in the classroom is a way to engage our pupils and respond to children’s different learning styles. With Microsoft Office 365, we can fully utilise our interactive white boards and use tablets to encourage interactive learning.”
Joe Connolly, CEO for Esteem, said: “We are seeing more and more education organisations moving to the cloud to provide improved learning resources for students and improved working methods for teachers. Teaching is increasingly becoming a 24X7 job, and IT systems which can be accessed anytime, from anywhere, and on any device increases staff’s ability to work smarter and more flexibly.”
Rekesh Mal, Network Manager for The Phoenix Collegiate in the West Midlands, said: “Moving to the cloud will make a huge difference to our students learning experience. Some of our pupils don’t have Microsoft Office at home, so by using 365 they can access their documents wherever they are and pick up working where they left off – be it from a tablet at home, or from a public library, and then continue working seamlessly in school.”
“During our transition to Office 365, the Esteem staff were marvellous. They explained exactly what was happening at every stage of the project, and were on hand to offer full support and provide expert knowledge." Timothy O'Driscoll, Learning Support Practitioner, Christ Church Primary School