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UB 2020 Information Technology Transformation

Students at  computers in the library

Contributions to efficiency have been the chief outcome of the IT Transformation process. Focused primarily on studying, planning and implementing consolidation projects, the IT transformation continues to be a UB success.

Project Success

Over a dozen consolidation projects have been substantially completed since their launch in 2007. Projects were selected according to their university priority, their alignment with UB 2020 goals and their feasibility and return on effort. 

The projects clustered on six themes: 

  • Standardize workstation support
  • Consolidate underlying technology that support UB’s operations
  • Unify UB’s telephones
  • Improve communication with customers and between technology support entities 
  • Enable automation of key business processes
  • Standardize information reporting

Examples of outcomes from selected projects

Project Outcome Value to UB

Standardization

Workstations purchased through the UB 2020 workstation standardization program procurement and support costs

Substantially less expensive computers; lower support costs

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

More than 70 disparate phone systems have been decommissioned, along with more than 3,000 Centrex phone lines terminated.  Over 7,000 people now use the same VoIP phone system at UB

Single, unified, modern telephone system

Printing

iprint@ub reduced paper and toner consumable costs

Reduced waste, environmentally friendly, faster turnaround

Virtualization

Server consolidations have turned off more than 50 campus print and file servers and seven administrative email servers

Lower costs, less energy usage, more reliable IT services

Cloud Computing

Moved new student email into the cloud: Google Apps for Education

Mobile access, lower costs, increased collaboration

Green IT

Employed new green technologies in UB datacenters, deployed Energy Star-qualified devices and used “green” equipment recycling and disposal

 

Read more about Environmental Stewardship at UB

Living up to the UB Green Promise

Automation

Enabled automation of appointment, procurement and recruitment business operations campus wide

Green processes, faster response

Information Security

Established workstation and server patching and antivirus support campus wide

Priceless

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