Award-winning IT projects: List of winners

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U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center 2005 Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Sun Directory services, e-mail

Kearneysville,W. Va.

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200,000 users benefited from uniform e-mail address scheme in this $2 million project, with 24% projected ROI over three years.

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Wachovia Bank 2006 DataSynapse Application virtualization

Charlotte,N.C.

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Reduced need for application servers and increased efficiency of application programming by 30% while improving application performance fivefold and making throughput 50% faster.

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Wireless & Mobile

Austin Radiological Association 2005 LightPointe Communications Optical wireless networking

Austin,Texas

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Optical wireless supports all-digital, Web-based imaging system serving 65 radiologists at 14 facilities.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 2005 Cisco, PanGo Networks Wi-Fi-based asset tracking

Boston,Mass.

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No lost equipment saves hospital up to $400,000 annually, on a $50,000 investment.

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Carnival Cruise Lines 2005 Cisco Wi-Fi network

Miami,Fla.

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First 100% Wi-Fi-enabled ship launched for $700,000 technology investment.

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DirecTV 2007 Antenna Software, RIM, Siebel Mobility-enabled CRM

El Segundo,Calif.

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Sales managers meeting with 30% more accounts weekly with anywhere, anytime access and mobilized CRM in hand.

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Lee County Sheriff's Office 2005 NetMotion Wireless, Sprint Cellular wireless data access

Fort Myers,Fla.

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Improved productivity and performance through $1 million cellular access.

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Lockheed Martin 2005 AirDefense Wireless LAN security

Bethesda,Md.

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Eliminated two dozen rogue access points and a host of ad-hoc networks to safeguard classified data.

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MetroHealth System 2005 Cisco, Nortel, Spectralink Wireless IP

Cleveland,Ohio

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Improved operations and patient care while serving 70,000 critical care patients annually.

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Prudential 2007 Not available IP wireless

Newark, N.J.

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Pushed boundaries on convergence and mobilization for all employees via IP PBX upgrades, new IP phones, Power over Ethernet switches, wireless gear and software.

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Sinclair Community College 2007 Enterasys Networks Wireless LAN security

Dayton,Ohio

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Implemented stringent tiered access across campus for wired and wireless users alike for a modest $197,000.

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Swedish Medical Center Home Care Division 2007 TeleNav Mobility through GPS tracking and reporting

Seattle,Wash.

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For an investment of $30 monthly for each caregiver, increased total number of home visits by 25%, from 400 to 500 per day.

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University of Arkansas 2005 Nortel Wireless mesh network

Fayetteville,Ark.

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With $100,000 investment, school opened Internet and e-mail access 16,000 students.

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University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine 2005 IBM, Meru Networks, Vocera Communications Wireless LAN

Miami,Fla.

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$800,000 project created pervasive connectivity for sprawling medical center.

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Vassar Brothers Medical Center 2006 InnerWireless Wireless infrastructure

Poughkeepsie,N.Y.

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This broadband antenna system, implemented in $3.2 million upgrade, accommodates a wide variety of wireless services making employees more productive.

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West Edmonton Mall 2005 Siemens Wi-Fi network

Edmonton, Alberta, Can.

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$300,000 Wi-Fi network services ubermall complex.

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Wound Technology Network 2006 NetMotion Wireless; Polycom; SonicWall; Verizon Wireless IP-based telemedicine

Hollywood,Fla.

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Wound-healing time is halved, while patient readmittance cut by 95% and successful treatments in 91% of cases.

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Storage

Arizona State University 2005 Cisco, F5 Networks, Network Appliance Storage infrastructure

Tucson,Ariz.

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Fault-tolerant, scalable storage infrastructure supports statewide learning network.

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Cabell Huntington Hospital 2006 EMC; Plasmon Archival system for medical images

Huntington,W. Va.

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Meeting HIPAA mandates with a SAN-attached archiving system that cost $2.3 million and achieved $800,000 in ROI in first eight months of implementation.

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Cleveland Indians 2007 CommVault; Overland Storage Video storage

Cleveland,Ohio

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$70,000 D2D2T system reduced the overall backup window by more than 50%, from nine to four hours, and cut administration time from 45 minutes daily to nearly nothing. In addition, file recovery times dropped from 75 minutes to just five.

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Constellation Energy 2007 Clearwell Systems, HP E-discovery

Baltimore,Md.

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Three-year, multimillion project increased nimbleness while slashing document search time from days to minutes.

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Fortis Prime Fund Solutions 2005 EqualLogic iSCSI for backup

Grand Cayman Island,Bahamas

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A one-week, $100,000 project reduced back-up time by 30% while improving business continuity and data availability.

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Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 2006 EqualLogic iSCSI storage

Needham,Mass.

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Implemented iSCSI storage array for $100,000 and consolidated storage onto it. Reduced the cost of adding or replacing servers by 45% and the cost of backup systems by 50%.

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ING Investment Management Group 2007 Network Appliance; Symantec E-mail archiving and e-discovery

Atlanta,Ga.

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Company spent $620,000 on e-mail, file system archiving and e-discovery, as well as tiered-storage. Storage costs dropped from $60 to $45 per gigabyte, a savings of $1 million over the next three years. Storage consolidation will net $750,000 in savings. E-discovery tools are netting a savings of about $70,000 per year.

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Kindred Healthcare 2006 EMC SAN

Louisville,Ky.

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Consolidated storage and created scalability while reducing costs for internal customers by $200 per poert and realizing $160,000 in SAN switch port savings the first year.

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Las Vegas Review-Journal 2006 Pillar Data Systems Storage management

Las Vegas,Nev.

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A tiered storage infrastructure, comprising SAN and NAS, eased storage burden while saving company money.

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State Street Global Advisors 2005 Onaro SAN management

Boston,Mass.

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Reduced storage gear by 20% through SAN device discovery and network modeling.

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The Weather Channel 2005 HP, Hitachi, Red Hat Tiered storage

Atlanta,Ga.

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Lowered the cost of server ownership by 90% through this $315,000 project, saving as much as $1 million through consolidation in the Linux environment.

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U.S. Navy Surface Combat Systems Center 2007 Xiotech Sleeping SAN

Wallops Island,Va.

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Storage overhaul expected to result in 40% reduction in annual power costs, while providing real-time access to critical shipboard operational data.

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