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Signpost Partners with Cameyo to Deliver Educational Software to Any Device for Hundreds of Thousands of Students

Leading Academic Software Subscription Provider Utilizes Cameyo on Microsoft Azure to Enable Distance Learning on Any Device

Cameyo, the Digital Workspace solution that delivers Windows and internal web applications to any device from the browser without the need for VPNs, today announced it has partnered with Signpost, a leading information and communication technology (ICT) provider for education, to help them make hundreds of educational software titles available to anyone, on any device. Signpost partnered with Cameyo to enable the delivery of all of its educational software titles within their own instance of Microsoft Azure.

Through its software platform AcademicSoftware.eu, Signpost currently offers over 900 academic software titles to users for a simple annual subscription cost. The company has been rapidly expanding throughout Europe, with over 350,000 education subscribers today and an expectation to grow to 1 million subscribers within 2 years. Signpost needed to make it’s software titles available from anywhere and on any device, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it needed an alternative to the cost and complexity of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

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“With the sudden shift to distance learning, we needed to ensure seamless access to all of our software titles so that our users wouldn’t miss a beat,” said Pieter Barremaecker, Co-Founder & CIO of Signpost. “The amount of servers that would be required to deliver this much software to this many students would be outrageously expensive with a legacy VDI solution.”

The Shift to Cloud-Native Digital Workspaces

Especially during the current pandemic, schools need to be able to ensure that students can work with any software, on any device. While some schools have 1:1 initiatives that provide each student with a device, in most cases students are currently working from their family’s personal devices at home.

“It’s Signpost’s role to help ensure that students can continue to be productive from anywhere, regardless of what device they have in front of them,” said Barremaecker. “But we also need to make it easy for schools to enable this, even in a mixed environment of devices, and to help them do so securely.”

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The complexity, combined with a need to ensure a seamless user experience compared to the desktop version of the software titles delivered, led Signpost to look at Cameyo.

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“Cameyo’s built-for-the-cloud approach to Digital Workspaces eliminates not only the upfront cost of servers and other infrastructure required by VDI, but it also removes all of the ongoing complexity and cost associated with VDI,” said Barremaecker. “And the fact that we can leverage the full power of the Cameyo platform from within our own instance of Microsoft Azure gives us the flexibility we need to continue our rapid expansion.”

Streamlining App Delivery for a Better User Experience

One of the key benefits that Signpost provides to customers is the ability to access hundreds of education software titles through a single subscription. With Cameyo, Signpost eliminates the need for students to download or install anything on their device. Students can simply access any application in the Signpost library with the click of a button, from any HTML5 web browser.

“Simplicity is key, and with Cameyo our subscribers get instant access to the software they need without ever having to worry about downloads, installations, or software versions,” said Barremaecker. “With Cameyo, our subscribers get to access the full desktop version of the software they’re used to, without that software needing to be installed. There’s absolutely nothing new for users to learn.”

“Signpost is an incredibly strategic partner that is changing the game when it comes to academic software,” said Andrew Miller, Co-Founder and CEO of Cameyo. “Not only does Signpost provide the most extensive education software library as a service, but they’re also fully committed to providing the best possible user experience and support. Cameyo is honored to be their Digital Workspaces partner of choice for delivering any application to any device.”

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