Projectplace signs up with EduServ to offer the web-based collaboration
service to educational institutions at a discounted rate
London, May 7 2002 - Projectplace Ltd, the leading Internet Business
Service Provider for project collaboration in Europe, today announced a
partnership with CHEST to offer discounted rates on its web-based
collaboration service to educational institutions. CHEST - a division of
the UK-registered charity EduServ, currently represents 200 universities
and over 500 colleges in the UK. As a non-profit organisation, it
negotiates agreements with IT vendors to provide discounted technology and
services agreements to universities and colleges. The partnership with
EduServ means that educational institutions can sign up to the
Projectplace service at a discounted annual rate of £500 per project -
based on ten members, a reduction of over 40% off the normal fee.
The Projectplace web service enables members to share documents and files,
schedule meetings, carry out project scheduling with to-do items and time
charts, hold online discussions etc. all within a secure online
environment. It makes it possible to create virtual teams, communicate
independent of geographic distance and also enables the member to
constantly be updated of what is happening in the project through regular
"When a company approaches us with a view to negotiating an agreement, we
send a mail out to the educational community to find out whether there is
any interest or potential take-up," said Tim Hobday, Customer Support
Officer at CHEST. "Typically we will proceed with discussions if we get a
response rate of 15-20 expressions of interest. With secure web enabled
collaborative services however, we received 60 positive responses -
indicating that there was a significant requirement for collaboration
technology such as that offered by Projectplace in the education market."
"We see this as our first significant move into the education market,"
said Steve Merry, UK Country Manager at Projectplace Ltd. "There is a
specific requirement for educational departments to share documents for
example coursework, timetables and reports. We feel that our technology
enables these processes to run smoothly and ensures access for everyone to
shared documents across departments and institutions."
EduServ is a UK-registered charity. It was established with the support of
the UK higher education funding bodies, in order to oversee the activities
of CHEST (catering for software and electronic content negotiation), NISS
(concerned with online information and content provision), and Athens (the
provision of a range of Access Management System services).
EduServ is controlled by a Board of Trustees and is not owned or
controlled by any single group or organisation. It is, in effect, owned by
the community that it serves. Its constitution requires that any surpluses
are returned to the community.
For more information visit: http://www.eduserve.ac.uk
Projectplace is a fast-growing ASP founded in Sweden in 1998. The business
idea is to develop and operate specialised web services that enable people
involved in projects to collaborate and communicate efficiently and
effectively. A 'Project Place' is a secure area on the Internet with
numerous services and features for project collaboration and communication
gathered in one place. It only takes a minute to set up a functional
Project Place, and this is available 24/7 to project members. Projectplace
has 89,000 users in 42 countries.
For more information visit: http://www.projectplace.co.uk
Projectplace Ltd contact:
Steve Merry, UK Country Manager
Tel: 01895 876 122
Tel: 0118 989 5600
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