Under the agreement, IBM will manage much of Blackboards technology infrastructure, including the companys 28 global data centers and its existing public cloud footprint.
The companies will combine Blackboards expertise in developing innovative education products used by millions of people around the world with the power of IBM Watsons cognitive computing technology.
Working with Blackboard builds on our ongoing commitment to education, to learning, and to creating an environment where our clients can continue to focus on developing innovative solutions to the challenges faced by educators,said Philip Guido, IBM General Manager of Global Technology Services for North America.
In addition, IBM will also work with Blackboard to migrate its applications from its datacenters to the public cloud.
Im excited by the new opportunities working with IBM will bring to Blackboard customers,said Blackboard Chairman, CEO and President Bill Ballhaus.
IBM will also add Blackboard solutions to its portfolio of education offerings.
Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboards Web conferencing solution built for education, display beautifully on the Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive display system, helping bring collaboration and creativity into the classroom.
We welcome Sharp into Blackboards vibrant community of partners, which enables institutions to customize their learning environments and gives them great flexibility in how they improve and shape the education experience, said Kathleen Vieira, Vice President of Business Development at Blackboard.
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), today announces a signature partnership with Blackboard, Inc.
By entering into this partnership with an industry leader such as Blackboard, we are continuing our journey to improve the learning experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Additionally, Sharp plans to support online course development, giving educators the ability to add original electronic and scanned materials directly into Blackboard Learn courses via Sharp Cloud Portal Office, an award-winning content management and sharing service.