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Compaq Demonstrates Growing Momentum With Schools, Universities
Total Value of Education Agreements Exceeds $250 MillionHOUSTON, March 6, 2002
Compaq Computer Corporation
Compaq is executing effectively on the company's strategy across the board and especially in education, according to Jim Milton, senior vice president and North America general manager. "We're gaining tremendous momentum with local school districts, colleges, and universities across North America, proving that our strategy to provide end-to-end IT solutions is working," Milton said. "Nearly every major education contract we've signed recently calls for a multi-year commitment, which shows a strong belief in Compaq's ability to deliver innovative solutions not just today, but in the future."
The new three-year comprehensive technology agreement with HISDthe seventh largest public school district in the United Statescovers innovative technologies including iPAQ Pocket PC handheld and Blackberry wireless devices, Evo laptops and desktops, industry-standard ProLiant servers, and services. (See related news release: "Houston Independent School District, 7th Biggest in US, Selects Compaq for Technology Initiative.")
"A key element of Compaq's strategy is building and delivering integrated, repeatable solutions that create value by solving customer problems," said Jim Weynand, Compaq vice present for State and Local Government and Education. "Customers want a technology partner who can pull all the pieces together and deliver integrated solutions at the best possible value."
Also, Compaq today announced five separate engagements with school districts purchasing under Compaq's contract with the State of New JerseyNewark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Cherry Hill, and Dover. The five New Jersey school districts combined represent more than $12 million in IT infrastructure upgrades covering more than 10,000 desktop units, over a thousand laptops, 155 Compaq ProLiant servers, and several Compaq wireless solutions. (See related news release: "Five New Jersey School Districts Standardize on Compaq Technology.")
Broad-based Momentum in K-12 Education
Compaq has recently won significant new business with public K-12 educators across the United States.
Looking for ways to help schools make technology available to a wider cross-section of students, Compaq will be a key provider of hardware and services under Round 5 of the Ohio SchoolNet agency's school funding program, which will total $37 million during fiscal years 2002 and 2003. The contract calls for Compaq to provide computers to public school districts, nonpublic school districts, and other K-12 educational entities in the state. (See related news release: "Compaq Included in $37 Million Technology Initiative for Ohio Education.")
Ohio SchoolNet focuses on ensuring Ohio schools offer the best in traditional education combined with the rich opportunities that technology provides.
"The tremendous response from educators demonstrates the industry's growing awareness that Compaq equipment enables effective data management, which can significantly improve student performance," said George Warren, Compaq K-12 director.
Another demonstration of Compaq's ability to deliver innovative solutions came with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Public Schools in North Carolina. The school district there recently adopted a Compaq thin-client/industry standard server model that encompasses more than 3,500 computing stations throughout the school district.
Other recent K-12 education wins include:
Growing Strength in Higher Education
According to Michael Humke, Compaq higher education director, Compaq is demonstrating tremendous growth in the higher education marketplace. "Compaq's sales to colleges and universities grew well over 50 percent in 2001 from the previous year," Humke said. "Leadership technology like the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC enhances today's educational experience while preparing schools and students alike for the next generation of technology."
Centennial College, Toronto, Canada, recently entered into a 10-year strategic technology partnership with Compaqvalued at nearly $20 million (US)spanning all aspects of computing from enterprise servers and storage through systems integration and handheld computers. The agreement will improve the quality of educational technology available to staff and students at Centennial Collegeensuring a leading-edge computing environment for learning while decreasing the institute's total cost of ownership for technology. Plans for the future include the construction of a wireless unified messaging backbone and the development of new science and technology programs focused on wireless applications, eHealth, and eBusiness that will make Centennial College an international center of excellence in wireless technology.
Other recent Compaq agreements with higher education institutionsrepresenting more than $75 million in contractsinclude:
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