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Dropbox collaboration: 'World-first' as University of Sydney goes all in for all Featured

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The first university in the world to deploy Dropbox wall-to-wall in what is a multi-million dollar, 67,000-user agreement and deal "to power greater collaboration" is the University of Sydney

Ranked one of the top 100 Universities in the world, it has chosen Dropbox's "content collaboration platform" for the end-to-end deployment of Dropbox Business Enterprise across the entire population of researchers, academics, staff and Dropbox Education to students.

The University notes its committment to pioneering new ways of working, with six faculties and three University schools, 12,000 staff, 52,000 students, 10 multidisciplinary research centres and more than 8000 external partners with which it regularly collaborates.

The University explains it was seeking "a simple, widely supported and user-friendly platform to support and fuel collaboration amongst internal staff and students as well as with external parties, based locally and globally".

University chief information officer Mike Day says the institution’s adoption of a best in class collaboration platform was important to help it achieve excellence in education and research, by creating an environment in which its staff and students can flourish: “Collaboration is vital to our success as a University.

"Technology and digital innovation is key to the unique learning experience offered at the University of Sydney. As our staff undertake multidisciplinary research, they increasingly need to coordinate with different areas of the University. Dropbox will fast-track this process.”

While evaluating its technology requirements, the University said it "reviewed several options but found that organic adoption of Dropbox was already high, with a large number of the University’s community using Dropbox as their collaboration platform of choice for personal and work purposes".

Day continued, stating: “The data told us that our researchers and staff highly favoured Dropbox, so we saw the opportunity to provide them with a formal collaboration solution that we knew they would actually use. Having strong user adoption from the get-go ensures a project of this scale is successful. Dropbox Enterprise’s capabilities will also give us greater visibility of the data and files that are being stored and shared, as well as the ability to contain and control associated digital and technology costs.”

We're told that "another driver for choosing Dropbox was the openness of the platform and its ability to integrate seamlessly with thousands of software applications, including popular education apps such as Office 365, Blackboard, Turnitin and Notability".

Tony Ward, Dropbox’s country manager for A/NZ, says: "Dropbox’s elegantly simple, secure and open platform resonates with educators, and notes that “Our mission is to simplify the way people work, and in an environment like a university, where the web of collaboration is vast and complex, a platform like Dropbox can add immense value.

"Our enterprise-grade security capabilities, coupled with our user-centric design philosophy and open ecosystem will help the University of Sydney execute against its aim of creating a collaborative environment that fosters excellence and innovation.”

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