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eDirectory in the News: Assumption University and Becker & Poliakoff

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Posted: 27 Jul 2004

In this edition of eDirectory in the News, we focus on Assumption University (education) and Becker & Poliakoff (law firm).

Assumption University

The Customer

Assumption University aims to provide scientific and humanistic knowledge, with an emphasis on business education and management science. With two campuses in Thailand, the university has more than 25,000 students, faculty and departmental staff. The university has many business and academic partners in Asia, including Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the People's Republic of China, as well as international students from more than 58 countries.

The Solution

After conducting a requirements assessment for its entire infrastructure, Assumption University selected an integrated Novell solution consisting of Novell eDirectory, Novell DirXML, Novell iChain, Novell Portal Services, Novell NetMail and Novell iFolder.

The eDirectory Difference

The university began by integrating all its user information into Novell eDirectory, creating a global directory to allow for centralized identity management and resource distribution to desktop users. Novell DirXML synchronizes user information across multiple systems, eliminating redundant manual data entry. This consolidation requires fewer employees to manage the system, and less specific experience to master it.

Customer Quote

"Two main factors influenced the university's decision on strategy and vendor," said Dr. Santiprabhob, director of the ISL (Intelligent Systems Laboratory) at Assumption University. "The first is what Novell proposed to deliver based on its strong capability with directory services. The second was the ability of the Novell approach to provide a solution that addressed our varying issues within one, integrated solution set."

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

The Customer

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. is a diversified commercial law firm based in Florida, with more than 100 attorneys and 350 employees, providing a full range of legal services. The firm includes 10 full service offices throughout the state, as well as affiliated offices in Prague, Beijing, Paris, Frankfurt, Bern and affiliations with law firms throughout the world through the Consulegis international law firm network.

The Issue

Becker & Poliakof has a mixed environment including Microsoft Windows*, Novell NetWare®, Linux* and UNIX*. Because a great deal of legal software is designed to work with Microsoft Windows, the firm had decided to standardize on Active Directory*, and had even signed an initial enterprise licensing agreement with Microsoft. But the firm had lingering concerns about security, increasing licensing costs and the ability of its global directory to scale across multiple platforms.

The Solution

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. re-evaluated its decision to move to Microsoft and decided instead to standardize on Novell NetWare 6.5 with its support for open source technologies, as well as Novell eDirectoryTM to provide secure and scalable directory services across a mixed environment. The firm also selected Novell ZENworks® over Microsoft SMS for desktop management.

The eDirectory Difference

The firm intends to use the DirXML® driver in NetWare 6.5 to seamlessly integrate Active Directory with eDirectory, providing a consistent global directory for all its applications.

Customer Quote

"We never want to associate ourselves with a single technology or vendor, so having a cross-platform solution is critical," said Mark Akins, director of IT at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. "Novell eDirectory is the strongest directory on the market and the fact that it runs on any platform is a huge benefit. After I came on board, I promised the management team that if we stayed with Novell, I'd make the network sing like an opera."

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