2nd Quarter 2009


From White Hall to Rome
Meet Michael Marus, the latest addition to the ICT-KM Program. A versatile and talented man, he is already making his presence felt as a member of the CGXchange Team. Find out why the good people of White Hall, Arkansas, must be proud of him.

Time for a Tweet with Twitter!
Come join us for a Tweet on Twitter. An innovative real-time short messaging service that works over the web or mobile phone, Twitter will help keep you updated with the latest news and developments from the ICT-KM Program. Drop by our Twitter space and see how easy it is!

ICT-KM supports events and conferences

Strategic Communications Workshop
Hot on the heels of the successful two-week, Social Media Online Workshop, online participants will now meet face-to-face at the Strategic Communications Workshop to be held in Penang, Malaysia, from 23-26 March 2009. For more information, see main story.

Science Forum 2009
The CGIAR Science Council and Wageningen University and Research Center are pleased to invite interested participants to a forum on Science for Development, on 16-17 June 2009, in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Science Forum 2009 will focus on mobilizing global linkages for development impact. Click here for more information.

African Geospatial Week
The CGIAR’s Consortium on Spatial Information (CSI) in partnership with the newly launched "Geospatial Technology for Agricultural Development in Africa" Program (AGCommons), has organized the African Geospatial Week, to be held in Nairobi 31 March – 4th April, 2009. Visit our blog at the beginning of April for updates on this event!

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CIAT's Super Campus Savers

Not only is CIAT sitting at the forefront of software technology and development (it was the main developer of CGMap), but the Center is also enjoying substantial savings on well-known software products. All of this was made possible by a Campus Agreement, a licensing program that enables educational institutes, and their students, faculty and staff, to take advantage of a wide range of Microsoft products that might otherwise be too costly for them to purchase. Congratulations to CIAT’s IT Department, led by Carlos Meneses, on this initiative.

Find out if your organization is eligible for a Campus Agreement!

CIAT’s Campus Agreement

What is a Campus Agreement?

A campus-wide licensing program allows educational institutions to install and use a wide range of Microsoft products for 12, 24 or 36 months, allowing users to fully enjoy the benefits of such products, including any continual updates or improvements that they may have, while at the same time being flexible with the licenses on and around campus.

A Microsoft Campus Agreement or MSCA is intended to offer significant discounts on Microsoft products to students, faculty, and staff of select universities who enter into a contract with Microsoft.

What are the key benefits of a Campus Agreement?
  1. One annual payment for all software at academic prices (10% list price).
  2. Licensing your entire establishment.
  3. Access to the most current version of licensed software.
  4. Ability to downgrade to an earlier version of software.
  5. Broad product selection available in all languages.
  6. Windows or Apple Macintosh platform.
  7. Optional student licensing for use at home.
  8. Membership to the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) program. MSDNAA is designed specifically for academic labs, faculty, and students to make it easier and less expensive to get Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional and research purposes.
  9. Software assurance Every license acquired through your Campus Agreement is automatically covered under Microsoft Software Assurance; a comprehensive maintenance program that can help gain control of your technology strategy, improve information technology (IT) staff skills, decrease support spending, and effectively plan for new software deployments.

    How did CIAT obtain a Campus Agreement?

    The first and crucial step was for CIAT to get recognized as an educational institution by the Colombian government. For this, CIAT had to demonstrate that it provides training for people worldwide as well as demonstrate its partnerships with local universities on working together with students and professors on various projects.

    Having demonstrated its training courses, CIAT was recognized by the Colombian government as a non-formal educational institution, this recognition means that CIAT has to continue to provide over 640 hours of training to students and post-docs per year.

    With this recognition, CIAT then applied for the open academic licenses and was able to obtain the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA).

    How does a Campus Agreement benefit CIAT exactly?

    CIAT now has the opportunity to:

    1. Purchase Microsoft licenses for 12, 24, or 36 months without having to track licenses during the subscription term, licenses such as:
      • Office suite enterprise (MS Office 2003/2007 etc)
      • Operating system (MS Windows XP/Vista etc)
      • CAL for Exchange, Windows and SharePoint.

      • These licenses can be Open Licenses (Optional); or Perpetual licenses (SA – 2 years) (Lower than charity prices)
    2. Obtain free Self training courses. (MS E-Learning)
    3. Obtain free MSDN Academic Alliance membership
    4. Software assurance: phone/email support, online helpdesk 24/7
    5. MS products can be used at home (PC’s) by Researchers and students.

    And thinking more globally, CIAT managed to include all its regions in the agreement, meaning that CIAT HQ is able to purchase the licenses in Colombia for the regional offices worldwide.

    Essentially, the MSCA obtained gives CIAT a clear advantage in cost-savings while at the same time keeping it on the forefront of software technology.


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