Award-winning IT projects: List of winners

LAN/WAN and network management

Baerlocher 2007 DataCore Software, IGEL Technology, Vmware Server virtualization

Cincinnati,Ohio

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Saved $2 million by forestalling purchase of a new production system.

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Bigari Foods 2005 Masergy Communications Centralized IP call center

Colorado Springs,Colo.

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Opened opportunity for up-sell revenue on 85% of transactions and 33% reduction of staff at 24-hour outlets; $70,000 investment recouped in eight months.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida 2007 BladeLogic Data center automation

Jacksonville,Fla.

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Reduces server provisioning time from two weeks to two hours. Company has 1,200 physical servers and 450 virtual machines in various flavors of Windows, Linux and AIX.

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BNSF Railway 2006 Opsware Automated change management

Fort Worth,Texas

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Achieved $600,000 in cost-savings over three years, on an investment of $295,000

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BNSF Railway 2005 Intervoice, Nuance Communications VoIP

Fort Worth,Texas

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$1.5 million investment in new mission-critical voice applications led to one-year ROI of 105%.

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 2006 CentrePath Optical and storage network

Philadelphia,Pa.

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Cutting diagnostic time by as much as half in some cases while enabling new money-saving applications with an expected savings of $8 million over four years.

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Citigroup 2005 AlterPoint Configuration and change management

New York,N.Y.

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Manual remediation nearly eliminated in $1.5 million data center automation project.

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City of Loma Linda 2006 Allied Telesis 10G Ethernet network

Loma Linda,Calif.

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Enabled high-speed Internet access citywide.

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Clark County School District 2005 Alcatel IP telephony

Las Vegas,Nev.

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$32 million VoIP project places phone in every classroom

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Community Health Network 2006 CentrePath, Cisco, IBM Optical network

Indianapolis,Ind.

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Invested $1.5 million to build a private optical network, and gained flexible storage, interconnectivity among multiple sites and more bandwidth than available previously. Long-term savings expected to reach $11 million.

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Continental Airlines 2006 Fiberlink Communications Remote access

Houston,Texas

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Implemented secure remote access, immediately seeing 20% cost savings with a one-year ROI of $1.2 million.

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Coppin State University 2005 Nortel Converged IP infrastructure

Baltimore,Md.

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$1.5 million smart classroom project provides audio, video, computer and other tools, all of which are centrally monitored and managed.

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Covenant Health 2005 Vmware Server virtualization

Knoxville,Tenn.

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Fended off $1.5 million infrastructure upgrade by spending $345,000 on virtualization.

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Evangelical Christian Credit Union 2007 Siemens VoIP

Brea,Calif.

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An IP phone system and skills-based call cut call transfers by 50% while reducing the average time for providing answers to caller inquiries. Annual savings come in at more than $100,000, on an investment of $600,000.

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Freeze.com 2005 Ardence, IBM Automated provisioning

Waite Park,Minn.

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Server provisioning time cut from five hours to five minutes, while productivity is quadrupled.

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GMAC Commercial Holding 2005 Not available MPLS

Horsham,Pa.

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Converted 95% of 44 U.S. sites to central backups, lowering completion time for file operations and improving productivity in $75,000 project.

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Golder Associates 2007 Microsoft; Riverbed Technology; Symantec WAN optimization for global intranet

Toronto,Can.

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Global intranet increases collaboration among 5,000 employees worldwide, communicating over optimized WAN links. Company expects 250% ROI over three years in productivity savings, consolidation benefits and deferred bandwidth upgrades.

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Goldsmith Agio Helms 2006 Nortel Converged network infrastructure

Minneapolis,Minn.

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Turned into a virtual company, supporting instant messaging/presence, unified messaging, video calling and VoIP, in a project costing about $400,000.

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Intellidyn 2005 Hitachi, StorageTek, Sun Server infrastructure

Hingham,Mass.

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Built a scalable, open architecture in a $2 million project that brought in 685% ROI in year one.

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Kansas City Power and Light 2006 Orthogon Systems (now Motorola) Broadband microwave

Kansas City,Mo.

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Boosted throughput from 1.5M to 100Mbps, enabling new multimedia and VoIP applications, for a $950,000 investment.

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Lake Forest Hospital Foundation 2005 Cisco Gigabit Ethernet backbone

Lake Forest, Ill.

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Replaced 20 disparate networks in $1.4 million network overhaul.

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Mountain States Health Alliance 2005 InnerWireless Wireless broadband infrastructure

Johnson City,Tenn.

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$2.4 million, six-hospital rollout of secure wireless access.

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Paccess 2006 Juniper Networks WAN acceleration

Portland,Ore.

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Fixed intercontinental application performance issues by reducing bandwidth consumption by 50% and application latency by 60%.

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Parkview Health Systems 2005 Verizon SONET ring

Fort Wayne, Ind.

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WAN bandwidth boost of 400% enabled launch of virtual intensive-care unit in this five-year, $4.5 million project.

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PHH Mortgage 2006 Microsoft Desktop management

Mount Laurel,N.J.

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A $70,000 client update project resulted in net savings of $746,500 and internal rate of return of 288% over three years.

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Priceline.com 2006 BladeLogic Automated server management

Norwalk,Conn.

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Gained ability to roll back changes across the server infrastructure in 10 minutes while achieving a 60% reduction in administrative work related to configuration.

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Prudential Financial 2005 Cisco MPLS

Newark,N.J.

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$1.5 million, four-month frame-relay replacement project brought full T-1 of bandwidth to all remote locations for greater application support.

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School District of Philadelphia 2005 Nortel Optical Ethernet infrastructure, IP telephony

Philadelphia,Pa.

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Optical Ethernet backbone lets district connect 264 schools, delivering 1,000 times the bandwidth previously available.

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State Street 2005 Cisco MPLS

Boston,Mass.

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Advanced WAN architecture provided productivity gains, network efficiencies and support for new business services.

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SunTrust 2007 Fluke Networks, Opnet, Opsware, SolarWinds Automated change management

Atlanta,Ga.

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Eased compliance while saving $100,000 per year, plus $300,000 in unnecessary staffing costs.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General 2006 Riverbed Technology WAN optimization

Washington, D.C.,

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Improved application performance across the wide area while positioning OIG to handle bigger and more info-intensive projects.

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UMB Bank 2005 NetScout Systems VoIP performance management

Kansas City,Mo.

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$120,000 project for upfront testing of voice impact on IP traffic mix.

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United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast 2005 Cisco, Research in Motion VoIP

Houston,Texas

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VoIP saved non-profit about 30% in cabling costs while providing greater information access.

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University of California, San Francisco - Immune Tolerance Network 2007 HP; Network Appliance; VMware SAN and server virtualization

San Francisco,Calif.

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Consolidated eight distributed IT sites into three redundant data centers, while increasing storage utilization to 65% from 25% and providing real-time server backups and hourly disaster recovery snapshots. Overall savings are $200,000 a month, with an expected $10 million return on the original $3 million investment in just three years.

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Weather Underground 2005 Cogent, Slackware Network infrastructure

San Francisco,Calif.

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Built computer clusters out of Intel-based, low-end Linux servers and added more bandwidth to support growing traffic without a major investment.

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Wilson and Company, Engineers and Architects 2006 Altiris Desktop management

Albuquerque,N.M.

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Achieved $12,000 in cost savings annually on $3,000 investment to bring up new users quickly and easily.

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Aeroplan 2006 Reactivity Secure service-oriented architecture

Montreal,Can.

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Quick addition of business partners achieved in secure SOA, with an estimated 500% increase in redemption rewards business for 2007.

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Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center 2007 Unisys Secure Web portal

Montgomery,Ala.

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$640,000 project gives criminal justice employees improved real-time access to criminal databases and other information, plus provides real-time disaster recovery capabilities.

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Alamance Regional Medical Center 2006 Softricity (now Microsoft) Application virtualization

Burlington,N.C.

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Cut 200 hours of IT labor a year by eliminating application-conflict testing, reduced average time to deploy a new desktop app from 87 hours to 8 hours and saved about $100,000 in downtime costs associated with desktop maintenance. Plus, $1.5 million savings in licensing costs expected over three years.

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City of Madera 2007 Digium, Vyatta Open-source VoIP, routing

Madera, Calif.

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With a minimal $140,000 budget, migrated to IP telephony while overhauling whole network infrastructure by using loads of open source tools.

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DISA, Center for Computer Services 2005 Managed Objects Business service management

Montgomery,Ala.

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Achieved $140 million in savings annually from $3 million investment, plus consolidation of 18 systems management centers down to four.

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Emerson Process Management 2005 Stellent Extranet

St. Louis,Mo.

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$20,000 saved annually for each supplier extranet, enabling a three-year ROI and net savings of more than $550,000.

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Evolution Benefits 2006 AVIcode Application performance management

Avon,Connecticut

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Eliminated Web application downtime while cutting management costs by one-third

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Farm Credit Services of America 2005 Microsoft CRM integration

Omaha,Neb.

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Four customer-related systems integrated in $1.3 million project that increased productivity by 70%.

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Fidelity Investments 2005 Managed Objects Business services management

Boston,Mass.

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Traffic diverted around trouble spots in five seconds vs. 60 minutes prior to completion of this project.

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Fifth Third Bancorp 2005 EMC, Remedy Integrated application management

Cincinnati,Ohio

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Through this $160,000 project, company realizes 40% reduction in time it takes to resolve network outages.

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Goodrich Aerostructures 2005 Enigma E-commerce

Chula Vista,Calif.

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A $640,000 project brought an parts catalog online, saving $1.5 million in production costs in the first year.

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J.B. Hunt Transport 2005 BEA Systems, iLog Web services

Lowell,Ark.

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Flexible application architecture expected to deliver $30 million in savings over three years.

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Medco Health Solutions 2005 BMC Software Business service management

Franklin Lakes,N.J.

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90% fewer IT defects reach customers, while client satisfaction improves by 20% through $1 million project.

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MedicAlert Foundation 2006 AmberPoint; Forum Systems; Microsoft Service-oriented architecture

Turlock,Calif.

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Built an SOA, including governance and security, and rolled out a service that lets users carry and manage health info from a USB device. Project cost $250,000.

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Nook Industries 2005 SolidWorks 3-D online modeling

Cleveland,Ohio

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$150,000 project enabled 3-D online modeling in real time, vs. the weeklong manual modeling process.

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Reliant Energy 2005 Stellent SOX compliance

Houston,Texas

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Ushered in significant process improvements and increased efficiencies in $110,000 compliance project.

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Sallie Mae 2007 Advanced Software Engineering, Coral8, Tealeaf Technology Complex event processing

Reston,Va.

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Gained ability to find and fix customer services issues in seconds.

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Saugus Union School District 2006 ELGG Open source social networking

Santa Clarita,Calif.

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Gave 150 users social network for blogging, file sharing, video posting and podcasting; increased innovation among teachers and others at no cost to the school district.

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South Carolina Department of Revenue 2005 Microsoft Web infrastructure

Columbia,S.C.

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100% three-year ROI expected, on investment of $4 million, as S.C. businesses get online quickly.

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Taleo 2006 HP; PolyServe Application virtualization

San Francisco,Calif.

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With virtualized Linux application infrastructure, each server handles 25% more work while company sees improved reliability.

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