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Online Education Leader Saint Leo University Selects Estrada

May 16, 2003

Estrada Web Technology, a leading Internet solutions provider, announced today that Saint Leo University has selected the Estrada® Web development and management solution to completely redesign and power its new Web sites. Saint Leo will use Estrada to redesign and re-engineer its entire Internet site, including sophisticated personalization technologies that will create a unique, highly customized and user-friendly experience for each individual Web visitor.

Saint Leo is the third largest provider of online higher education in the world and the sixth leading provider of higher education to the U.S. military. The university also plans to use Estrada’s Academic Extension Suite to integrate multiple data systems and technologies at its many locations into one seamless online system, manage its online applications and forms, and develop online discussion groups for alumni and students.

“We’re also looking into using Estrada for or connecting it with portal capability,” said Saint Leo’s Chief Information Officer Steve Burrell. “Estrada will provide the core for us to create a single sign-on platform that will offer seamless integration with other services, such as the library, online registration system, email, and other systems that are currently disparate.”

With Estrada, Saint Leo’s staff, regardless of skill level or location, can directly yet securely contribute to, and collaborate on, designated areas of the Web site. Granting direct, yet centrally supervised control over their own Web content to the people and departments that generate the information accelerates Web publishing, speeds Return on Investment, and promotes frequent updates to Web information.

Saint Leo’s Interim Director of Public Relations Jacqui Cash said, “We’re looking forward to using Estrada to put access for Web content into the hands of select employees throughout our many departments and locations. This approach will allow a single Web manager to oversee our entire Web operation effectively and efficiently.”

Estrada also helps clients maintain consistent design, branding, navigation and informational standards, by employing templates and using workflows to assign, track and review all changes and additions to the Web site before they are published. Cash noted, “This strategic overview is crucial in order to manage a large university Web site.”

A Fall 2003 rollout for the new site is planned, with ongoing enhancements and expansion throughout the 2003-2004 academic year. Estrada’s proven implementation record is among the fastest in the industry.

“I know from colleagues that many other Web management systems can be so complex that it takes a long time to implement them and see any Return on Investment, but we anticipate getting much more immediate results using Estrada,” said Burrell. “Because Estrada is so simple, yet so powerful, it’s a very good fit for higher education. It doesn’t require a lot of expensive hardware, but it offers a good feature set and provides all of the building blocks needed for us to develop or customize whatever else we might need. Plus, it’s affordable.”

“We’re excited to be working with Saint Leo, a university that is known for its Internet leadership,” said Estrada marketing director Shannon Lavett. “The new Saint Leo Web site, powered by Estrada, is going to set a new standard for higher education technology.”

The Saint Leo Web project is part of an integrated marketing package from Stamats Communications, an Estrada partner that will create the design and structure for the new site. Stamats has over 40 years in higher education marketing, providing Web design, print production, and branding services to over 200 active university clients.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is one of the largest and most innovative Catholic universities in the United States. Chartered in 1889 with its main campus located just north of Tampa, Fla., students enrolled at Saint Leo University may choose from 24 bachelor’s degrees and two graduate degree programs. As one of the leading providers of higher education to the military and a leader in online higher education, Saint Leo’s enrollment includes more than 12,000 students at the traditional university campus, and many regional centers throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, and through the Center for Online Learning.

About Estrada Web Technology

Estrada Web Technology (estrada-onstage.com) is a leading provider of dynamic content management and Web development solutions. Estrada’s new Academic Extensions Suite includes Web-based applications designed specifically to meet the needs of universities and academic organizations.

Estrada facilitates the creation, production and distribution of large quantities of information over the Web by providing a secure way for individuals throughout an organization, regardless of skill level, to build, post and update their Web content. Estrada also provides analysis and productivity applications to streamline business operations, and the means to deliver personalized, targeted and interactive experiences to online audiences. Estrada can also be used for application and corporate infrastructure development and systems integration. As a scalable technology, one Estrada installation can support any number of sites, pages and users.

Estrada also offers a full range of award-winning Web development, design, content and marketing services. The firm’s national client base includes leading public and private sector organizations, with particular concentrations in federal and state government, healthcare and higher education.


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