ESC Region 11 Partners with Encore to Offer District Single Sign-On
Through a new partnership with Encore Technology Group, ESC Region 11 is offering school districts an Identity Life Cycle/Federated Security/Single Sign on Application called Encore Software Solutions (ESS). ESS automates the most important and often the most complex functions required to connect users to necessary internal and external resources. It is available now to districts as a contracted service through the state-wide buying consortium, Texas Educational Technology Purchasing Consortium (TETPC), managed by ESC Region 11.
With ESS, district technology staff no longer has to create multiple accounts for each application, as it seamlessly automates user management (account creation, change, archival, removal and self service), provisioning of resources (applications, information and data) and seamless secure access (Federation and Single Sign on) to those resources for resources both on premise and hosted 3rd party platforms. Teachers and students have one username and one password, one entry page where they access their email accounts, files, and frequently used internal and external applications. Access is easy and secure, eliminating the frustration of trying to remember multiple usernames and passwords. Users have the ability to modify passwords.
Districts that use ESS qualify for Instructional Materials Allotment funds, since use of the application contributes to student learning by providing a single point of access to all online educational content such as that on a learning management system, digital textbooks, or library resources.
“By partnering with Encore, we’re able to not only pass along their services at great savings to every school district in Texas, including those in our own Region, but we’re also able to offer the hosted solutions that are preferred by many smaller districts,” said David Sons, director of Information Technology at ESC Region 11. “Students and teachers will be able to quickly and safely access the applications they regularly use, leaving more time to instruction and learning.”
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