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HP Helps Tracy Unified School District Integrate Microsoft Technology to Simplify Access to Information

HP offers education portals, data warehouse and reporting solutions and services based on the Learning Gateway Framework
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27, 2005

HP today announced that it has integrated Microsoft technology into Tracy Unified School District's portal solution in order to simplify access to information. Through Microsoft® SharePoint Portal technology, the solution is designed to allow administrators, teachers and students access to data and assignments in multiple applications via one interface, anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Announced at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, the deployment of the newest release of Microsoft Class Server 4.0 makes HP one of the first Microsoft partners in the country to deploy this solution.

"HP's expertise and innovation in education are helping school districts like Tracy USD to integrate and transform the learning environment for students, teachers and administrators," said Cathy Martin, director of Education, Government, Health and Education - Americas, HP. "As one of the first school districts to deploy Microsoft Class Server 4.0, Tracy Unified School District is enhancing IT resources and processes to provide a better educational experience while meeting the administrative needs of the district and federal 'No Child Left Behind' Act of 2001."

The Learning Gateway Framework is a rich collaborative tool for connecting information, people, processes and devices in one fully managed, secure, web-based environment.

"HP helped our school district to implement an integrated portal solution," said Kerry Johnson, chief information officer, Tracy Unified School District. "As a result, we are able to improve student achievement, provide additional tools to our teachers, and better manage access to standards-aligned content."

HP helps education customers design and deploy instructional and administrative portals, education data warehouse and reporting solutions based on the Learning Gateway Framework. In addition, HP performs extensive performance and solution scaling tests of various school district sizing scenarios, helping customers to better understand IT impact and system sizing and design recommendations.

HP has already completed significant performance and system testing of Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 on HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers. The testing results are available at http://www.hp.com/solutions/activeanswers/sharepoint.

"School districts are increasingly tasked with streamlining access to multiple applications to help their educators save time and meet reporting requirements," said Anthony Salcito, general manager of Microsoft Education - U.S. Public Sector. "Together, HP and Microsoft are taking a leadership role in helping school districts easily access reporting and instructional resources through Microsoft Class Server 4.0 and the Learning Gateway Framework."

The Tracy USD Learning Gateway Framework solution consists of: Microsoft Class Server 4.0, Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003, HP Systems Insight Manager, HP SmartStart software, HP ProLiant servers and HP StorageWorks storage systems. HP Consulting & Integration services provided the strategy, systems integration and rapid technology implementation needed to develop and deploy this portal solution.

Tracy Unified School District, located 60 miles east of San Francisco, is a consolidated education enterprise. The district serves more than 16,000 students - kindergarten through high school - as well as adult education programs. With a staff of 1,400, including more than 820 teachers, the organization operates at 22 widely dispersed, lightly networked schools and sites.

Demonstrations of the HP solutions and services for the Learning Gateway Framework solution are available in the HP booth 1109, at the Orlando County Convention Center, South Hall.

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