Northgate secures contract to supply new ICT services to schools

Northgate CEO, Andy Ross.
Northgate CEO, Andy Ross.

Newtownabbey company Northgate Managed Services has further cemented its reputation as one of the UK’s leading providers of ICT services by being named as Classroom 2000’s (C2k) preferred supplier for the new ‘Education Network Northern Ireland’ (ENNI) contract.

The news was announced last week at BETT 2012, Europe’s largest education ICT event in London.

The five-year contract will see staff at Northgate’s Church Road headquarters design, implement and manage a completely new and innovative ‘Private Cloud’ environment for all schools in Northern Ireland, providing secure access to resources online, 24/7 from a wide range of devices.

The new ICT investment will bring schools the benefits of ‘cloud computing’ while ensuring students and teachers are secure online. The new Education Cloud provides the ability to scale computing resources to meet the needs of schools both now and in the future.

Schools will be able to access a range of applications and educational resources through Northgate’s My-School learning portal. The continued investment in ICT in schools will help ensure that every student can attain the vital ICT skills needed for today’s technology driven workplace and support the continued growth in Northern Ireland’s vibrant technology sector.

The new infrastructure will also offer improved broadband provision and greater device connectivity - allowing teachers and students to gain access to the network and resources securely via personal devices such as smart phones, iPads, tablet PCs and laptops.

Commenting on the award of preferred bidder status, Andy Ross, Chief Executive of Northgate Managed Services said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the company and is one that clearly positions Northgate as one of the UK’s leading providers of ICT services for schools.”

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