LEEDS CITY COLLEGE

Leeds City College comprises the three city-based colleges – Thomas Danby, Park Lane and Leeds College of Technology.

Express Data first won a contract to resolve Thomas Danby’s persistently problematic IT network – which was performing erratically – and more recently worked to connect the three sites of the newly formed Leeds City College via a wide area network solution that would allow it to run shared services and communicate more effectively.

The overall aim was to bring a unified communications infrastructure upon which shared IT services could be accessed to three sites with different network systems supplied by different manufacturers.

At Thomas Danby, we worked with the in-house IT department on a turnkey solution to increase the up-time and reliability of its system.

Key elements addressed included:

  • The installation of remote connectivity and content control
  • Firewall security settings and DNS (Domain Name Servers) issues
  • Improved network speeds for the ready transfer of large files, shared multimedia devices, and applications between computers.

When connecting the three sites, we also included the technical foundations needed to integrate fully future proofed IT projects such as E-learning, IP Telephony and email systems.  Despite the project’s complexity, downtime was kept to a minimum for each location – a vital consideration for all education providers.

The solution at Thomas Danby enhanced performance, while also incorporating network reliability, robustness and scalability, all within budget.

The technical infrastructure we put in place across Leeds City College now allows each site to access HR/Payroll, LIS, and Finance applications – irrespective of site location.  Our ongoing help desk support allows us to monitor the infrastructure and provide Leeds City College with the peace of mind that we are on hand to manage the system whenever needed.

Express Data’s help in this project was immeasurable. From the initial consultancy, to the design stages, and right through to the implementation, Express Data was helpful, flexible and professional throughout.

Express Data is now our preferred supplier for all networking requirements.

Graham Eland, Computer Services ManagerThomas Danby