National Magazine Honors Baldwin Wallace University as a "Model of Efficiency"
“Models of Efficiency” recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through technology and/or business process improvements. The magazine singled out BW for boosting both the performance and efficiency of the campus IT operation, saving more than $800,000 in operating costs over three years.
Efficient Virtualization Reaps Rewards
“Baldwin Wallace University’s virtualization installation is a great example of how universities are maximizing their capabilities through technology to the benefit of both staff and students,” said Tim Goral, editor in chief of University Business. “We applaud BW for improving efficiencies while at the same time generating substantive savings.”
In BW’s case, the University’s four-person Network & Systems department within IT was maintaining more than 65 servers with multiple operating systems, which tied them down with increasing monitoring and administrative chores. It also impeded their ability to maintain the latest front-end applications and web services, and made disaster recovery difficult and time-consuming.
Through virtualization, BW consolidated its sprawling computing and storage infrastructure. The streamlined, centrally managed environment made it easier for IT staff to provision servers and associated storage. BW's Chief Information Officer, Greg Flanik, is quick to give credit for the project to the University's IT team. "We're fortunate to have a group of extremely talented and innovative individuals at BW," he said.
Rapid Return on Investment
Overall, the move has resulted in better system performance and storage efficiencies. Now, BW has 87 percent fewer servers, substantially reduced energy consumption, and is able to manage the whole environment more efficiently with fewer resources, while at the same time creating higher levels of reliability, flexibility, and scalability to the University’s IT backbone.
“We broke even on our investment after one year,” said Flanik, “and we expect to realize a 194 percent ROI over the next three years.” According to consultants Mainstay Partners, that’s a savings of approximately $814,000. “We are very proud of that.”
Higher One Lauds Creativity and Results
The "Models of Efficiency" program is sponsored by Higher One, a leading company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and provide enhanced service to students. “From creativity to planning to technology installation and results, we are always inspired by the honorees’ outstanding efforts to streamline operational efficiencies,” said Miles Lasater, co-founder and COO of Higher One. “We are proud to stand with University Business to support and recognize all nine 'Models of Efficiency' winners.”
University Business is the leading publication for senior managers at colleges and universities throughout the United States, reaching 46,000 leaders who manage offices such as enrollment, technology, facilities, and academic affairs. More information is available at www.universitybusiness.com.
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