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Poster Sessions at EDUCAUSE 2017 a Big Hit … WTC sponsors the event again.

Over 150 colleges and universities participated in the EDUCAUSE 2017 Poster Sessions in Philadelphia, up from 104 participants at EDUCAUSE 2016.  These sessions are informal one-on-one discussions with frontline campus innovators who have expertise and knowledge in implementing a project on campus, and share their story with graphics and posters.  Presentations are organized under one of the eight conference organizational domains.  This enables the attendees to concentrate on their areas of interest and visit the presenter with whom they share mutual interests.  Attendees were very appreciative of the quality and depth of the material provided, and many attendees visited the sessions both days.

WTC Consulting, Inc. sponsored the Poster Sessions for the second year.  Our session was titled “Using Activity Based Costing to Identify the Cost of Delivering IT Services.”  What is the best way to determine the cost of IT, generate forecasts, and benchmark against peers?  The project leaders described cost drivers, methodology, rate philosophies, campus engagement, and implementation challenges.  The WTC Team used the results to allocate IT costs, evaluate outsourcing targets, identify cost-cutting goals, and more.

Some attendee comments:

  • “Poster session are awesome.  Lots of conversations on cool projects and collaboration! #EDU17;”
  • “I love the poster sessions! So much good information.  So engaging. #EDU17;”
  • “Analytics is rapidly changing the way we make decisions.  Now we have factual data that supports decision making. #EDU17;”
  • “The two poster sessions at #EDU17 on IT Security were excellent.”

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WTC to sponsor at EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference 2018

WTC Consulting, Inc. is proud to be a Sponsor at the 16th annual EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference 2018, April 10-12 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Located at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel near the historical inner harbor, the event has a nautical theme:  “All Hands on Deck!” The theme reflects the great maritime traditions of teamwork and innovation to face common challenges such as changing tides, unanticipated storms, and the daunting prospect of navigation into the unknown.  Overcoming turbulent seas requires “all hands on deck!”

The Security Professionals Conference is the premier forum for connecting with higher education information security and privacy professionals.  The comprehensive program will include a diverse array of presenters, perspectives, professional experience, and a variety of institutional types–giving participants a chance to network and discuss current trends and issues within information security and privacy.  More than 600 higher education IT security and privacy professionals are expected to attend.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc., please visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

To learn more about the conference, please visit www.educause.edu.

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WTC Consulting, Inc to sponsor and exhibit at CCISDA Spring 2018 Event

More than 325 members and exhibitors will attend the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) Spring Conference, April 15-18, at the Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona.  The theme of the meeting is “Revving Up Government Technology.”  CCISDA is the official organization of the county IT directors and CIO’s throughout the State of California, and represents all 58 California counties in the area of information technology and county government.

Founded in 1957, the organization meets officially in conference twice a year.  CCISDA facilitates sharing of new computer applications and products, staff development and training, consulting services to member counties and support organizations, and systems integration work between counties, the State of California, and the federal government.  CCISDA also has a number of work groups that meet quarterly, including the Information Security Forum and Property Tax.

WTC Consulting, Inc. will host the group dinner and event on April 17th at The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.  The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles–hot rods, customs, race cars, motorcycles, —along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 60 years of American motorsports.

Founded in 1983, WTC delivers fact-based consulting to higher education, healthcare, and public sector clients.  We help organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, facilities, and networking.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

For more information on the spring event, visit www.ccisda.org.

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EDUCAUSE Enterprise IT Summit 2018

WTC Consulting, Inc. is pleased to be a sponsor at the 2018 Enterprise IT Summit, March 5-7, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.  A collaboration between EDUCAUSE, the Association of International Research (AIR), and NACUBO, Enterprise IT summit brings together IT and finance leaders to discuss ways they can work together to address institutional challenges.

The theme for the Summit is “Using Information to Drive Meaningful Change,” applying practical applications of analytics to higher education challenges.  The event will bring together senior-level professionals in the areas of information technology, business affairs, and institutional research and provide the opportunity to learn about institutional analytics successes and best practices.

Founded in 1983, WTC delivers fact-based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  We help organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operation, and organizational issues related to information technology, facilities, and networking.  To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

For more information on this event visit the website at www.EDUCAUSE.com.

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CISOA & 3CBG 2018 at Ontario Convention Center

WTC Consulting, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the CISOA & 3CBG 2018 Conference.  This event takes place at the Ontario Convention Center on March 18-21 in Ontario, California.  Participating in our 27th year as a sponsor, WTC will host the Grand Opening Reception from 5:00-6:30 pm on Sunday night in the Conference Exhibit Hall.  More than 400 attendees and 125 vendors are expected for the conference.

The California Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA) and the California Community College Banner Group (3CBG) have teamed up to hold this annual conference a fifth time.  The theme of “Pathways to Student Success” will highlight the importance of student information, how to capture, analyze, protect and store in a secured environment.  Created in 1967, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with over 2.1 million students attending 114 colleges in 72 districts.

Established in 1987, CISOA provides direction to information systems professionals in California community colleges and increases recognition of the value and necessity of information systems for effective planning and management of individual districts and the California community colleges as a whole.  The Organization offers its members a yearlong Certification Program that trains them to lead and manage technology organizations on their campus.

Founded in 1983, WTC delivers fact-based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  We help organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, networking, facilities, and telecommunications.  WTC has completed more than 1,200 engagements for 265 clients.

To learn more about the CISOA & 3CBG conference in Ontario visit www.cisoa.net.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

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WTC Consulting joins the CISOA 2018 Partners in Education Program

WTC is pleased to be one of ten firms chosen for the new CISOA 2018 Partners in Education Program.  This program was developed to facilitate CISOA members’ contact with the Partners.

Founded in 1983, WTC has participated in 27 CISOA conferences as a sponsor and exhibitor.  We help organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, networking, facilities, and telecommunications.  Headquartered in Southern California, WTC is a California Corporation and a California Small Business.

Founded in 1987, the California Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA) provides direction to information systems professionals in California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation.  CISOA offers an efficient vehicle for communicating among many campuses and constituents, to ensure the network with over 2.1 millions students attending 114 colleges in 72 districts is up to speed on current IT programs and issues.

To learn more about CISOA visit www.cisoa.net.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

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WTC Celebrating 35 Years

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NERCOMP 2017 in Providence


Be sure to visit WTC Consulting, Inc. in Booth #314 during the NERCOMP 2017 annual conference, held on March 27-29, 2017, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Community and Collaboration Come Together”.  The theme reflects that communities are as important as the individuals who make them, and the diverse community can work together to enhance collective learning and make transformation in higher education possible.

The conference will feature presenters and sessions aimed at increasing attendee knowledge, building professional expertise, and providing a venue for networking for the expected 550 attendees.  The keynote presentation “Robot Ethics and the Future of Human – Robot Interaction” will be delivered by Dr. Kate Darling, Research Specialist, MIT.

NERCOMP’s mission is to enhance the communications and dissemination of information related to the use of computers, networks, and information technology in education, academic research and education throughout the Northeastern United States.  Its 280 plus member institutions are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  NERCOMP is an associate of EDUCAUSE.

WTC delivers fact based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  Since 1983, WTC has helped organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, facilities, networking, and telecommunications.  WTC has completed more than 1,200 engagements for 265 clients.

To learn more about NERCOMP 2017 visit www.nercomp.org.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

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CISOA & 3CBG 2017 in Monterey

WTC Consulting, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the CISOA & 3CBG 2017 Conference.  This event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey on March 26-29 in beautiful Monterey, California.  Participating in our 26th year as a sponsor, WTC will host the Grand Opening Reception from 5:00-6:30 pm on Sunday night in the conference Exhibit Hall.  More than 400 attendees and more than 125 vendors are expected for the conference.

The California Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA) and the California Community College Banner Group (3CBG) have teamed up to hold this annual conference a fourth time.  The theme of “Securing Student Information” will highlight the importance of student information, how to capture, analyze, protect and store in a secured environment.  Founded in 1967, The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.4 million students attending 113 colleges in 72 districts.

Founded in 1987, CISOA provides direction to information systems professionals in California community colleges and increases recognition of the value and necessity of information systems for effective planning and management of individual districts and the California community colleges as a whole.  The Organization offers its members a yearlong Certification Program that trains them to lead and manage technology organizations on their campus.

Founded in 1983, WTC delivers fact-based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  We help organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, networking, facilities, and telecommunications.   WTC has completed more than 1,200 engagements for 265 clients.

To learn more about the CISOA & 3CBG conference in Monterey visit www.cisoa.net

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

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ACUTA 2017 in Chicago: ASPIRE to Excellence!

Be sure to visit WTC Consulting, Inc. in Booth #407 during the ACUTA 2017 46th Annual Conference & Exhibition.  The event takes place March 19-22, 2017 in the Hilton Chicago.

The theme for the event is ASPIRE to Excellence!  In 30+ educational breakout sessions campus speakers will share their experience and expertise on topics in six critical areas:

  1. Wireless, cellular, and mobility issues
  2. New technology applications
  3. Emergency Management and disaster recovery
  4. VoIP & SIP case studies
  5. Campus regulations
  6. Campus safety

ACUTA, the Association for College and University Technology Advancement, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities.  ACUTA represents over 1700 individuals at nearly 500 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the largest institutions.

WTC delivers fact based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  Since 1983, WTC has helped organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, facilities, networking, and telecommunications.  WTC has completed over 1,200 engagements for 265 clients.

To learn more about ACUTA and the annual meeting go to www.acuta.org.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.  WTC has been a member of ACUTA since 1988.

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Road Show 2017

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WTC Celebrating 34 Years

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Activity Based Costing Presentation at NACUBO 2016 Montreal

“Using Activity Based Costing to Identify the Cost to Deliver IT Services” will be presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago and WTC Consulting, Inc. during the NACUBO 2016 Annual Meeting on July 18, 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Concurrent Session IV.

What is the best way to determine the cost of IT, generate forecasts, and benchmark against peers?  These questions drove an activity-based costing project by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and WTC Consulting, which identified 190 Basic Products and Service Elements (BPSE™) in the university’s central IT department.  The elements formed a transparent picture of IT roles, activities, and costs, creating the basis for a new rate and funding strategy that yielded a bundled common services model.  Hear the project leaders describe cost drivers, methodology, rate philosophies, campus engagement, and implementation challenges.  The panel will also address using results to allocate IT costs, evaluating outsourcing targets, identifying cost-cutting goals, and more.

Learning Objectives:

● Learn different rate and funding philosophies that work in higher education.

● Discover that not all metrics for comparison are created equal.

● Find out which decision-making structure builds buy-in from the start.

For more information on WTC Consulting, Inc. visit us in Booth #918 at NACUBO 2016, or visit our website www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info

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NERCOMP 2016 in Providence

Be sure to visit WTC Consulting, Inc. in Booth #404 during the NERCOMP 2016 Annual Conference, held on March 21-23, 2016, in the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Annual Conference:  Celebrating 60 Years of NERCOMP.”  The theme reflects how NERCOMP has brought together the innovative and committed community of higher education IT professionals located in the nine eastern states for 60 years.

The conference plays a pivotal role in bringing the community together, connecting peers, sharing successes (and failures), and enhancing the collective learning of the 550 attendees.  The Program Committee has put together an intensive two day program around six key topics.

2016 Key Program Topics:

  1. IT Services:  Support Models and Practices
  2. Leadership and Organizational Development
  3. Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century
  4. Policy, Regulations, and Security
  5. Systems and solutions
  6. Teaching and Learning

NERCOMP’s mission is to enhance the communications and dissemination of information related to the use of computers, networks and information technology in education, academic research and education throughout the Northeastern United States.  Its 280 plus member institutions are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  NERCOMP is an associate of EDUCAUSE.

WTC delivers fact based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  Since 1983, WTC has helped organizations solve their most complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, networking, and telecommunications.  The success of the WTC approach is based on four characteristics:  Structure, Understanding, Simplicity, Experience.

To learn more about NERCOMP visit www.nercomp.org.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.consulting.info.

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EDUCAUSE Connect: Denver

WTC Consulting, Inc. will exhibit at the EDUCAUSE Connect event, held March 2-4, 2016 at the Denver Marriot City Center.  The theme of the event is “Solve, Network, Grow.”  EDUCAUSE Connect creates highly interactive, action-driven professional development experiences focused on finding workable solutions, connecting people’s experiences, building professional networks, and growing individual and collective understanding of higher education issues.

During the event, the 250 participants will select one of four learning themes drawn from the Top-Ten IT ISSUES.

2016 Program Learning Themes:

  • Enterprise Services Delivery
  • Leveraging Technology and Data
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Staffing and Talent Development

Additional event opportunities for the attendees include Corporate Displays, The CIO Experience, and two new EDUCAUSE programs:  Management Boot Camp and New IT Managers Program.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information.  EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information resources to shape strategic IT decisions at every level.  More than 1,800 colleges and universities and more than 300 corporations create a network where valuable perspectives on IT strategies are shared.

WTC delivers fact based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  Since 1983, WTC has helped organizations solve their complex financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, networking, and telecommunications.  The success of the WTC approach is based on four characteristics:  Structure, Understanding, Simplicity, Experience.

To learn more about EDUCAUSE visit www.educause.edu.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.info.

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American Council on Education 98th Annual Meeting

Be sure to visit WTC Consulting, Inc. in Booth #105 during the 98th Annual American Council on Education (ACE) meeting and exposition at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis, March 12-15, 2016.

ACE 2016 is the country’s premier higher education event, bringing together nearly 2,000 higher education leaders to network with one another and hear from College and University presidents discussing the most pressing issues of the day.

ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association.  ACE represents the presidents of more than 1,700 member accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two-and -four year colleges, private, and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities.  The organization collectively promotes, protects, and advocates for students, faculty, and administrators in higher education.  ACE members represent almost 70% of all students in accredited, degree-granting institutions.

WTC Consulting, Inc. is a leader in fully integrated activity based consulting, rate and funding models, and rate implementation for information technology.  Since 1983, WTC has helped many ACE members with the facts they need to make informed decisions for IT strategic planning and the annual budget process.  The success of the WTC approach is based on four characteristics:  Structure, Understanding, Simplicity, Experience.

To learn more about ACE and ACE 2016 visit www.aceannualmeeting.org.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog www.wtcconsulting.org.

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CISOA & 3CBG 2016 Conference

WTC Consulting, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the CISOA & 3CBG 2016 Conference.  This event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Orange County on February 21-24 in Garden Grove, California.  More than 350 attendees and more than 100 vendors are expected at the conference.  The theme of the conference is “The Future is NOW.”

The California Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA) and the California Community College Banner Group (3CBG) have teamed up to hold this conference for a third time.  The conference attendees are IT professionals from the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation with 2.1 million students attending 112 colleges.

The organizations have come together to present a unified set of sessions that will address many of the topics of the IT professional in management, security, information systems, and IT curriculum.

Founded in 1987, CISOA provides direction to information professionals in California community colleges and increases recognition of the value and necessity of information systems for effective planning and campus management.  CISOA offers its members a yearlong CISOA Certification Program, which certifies individuals for roles as Chief Information Systems Officers in the California community college system.

WTC delivers fact based consulting services to higher education and healthcare clients.  Since 1983, WTC has helped organizations solve their most complex, financial, technical, operational, and organizational issues related to information technology, networking, and telecommunications.  The success of the WTC approach is based on four characteristics:  Structure, Understanding, Simplicity, Experience.

To learn more about the CISOA & 3CBG Conference visit www.cisoa.net.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net and our blog at www.wtcconsulting.info.

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WTC Celebrating 33 Years

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Happy Holidays from WTC!

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TASSCC 2015. WTC presents at the TASSCC 2015 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Monday, August 3rd.

Information Technology – Here are the Costs.  Show me the Value.

Phillip Beidelman – President, WTC Consulting

Dean Oyama – Consultant, WTC

Purpose:

To present a methodology and findings for identifying products, services, lines of business, and value delivered by an IT operation.

Abstract:

How much does IT cost?  How can we do IT cheaper?  How will we pay for IT?  Where’s the value?  These questions drove a detailed study of Information Technology costs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas.  For this study, IT and financial executives at UTSW partnered with technology cost experts from WTC.  Over a six-month period, WTC specialists examined the institution’s $85M IT operating budget for Fiscal Year 2014.  Every dollar spent on FTE and non-FTE expenses was identified.  From this evaluation over 300 Basic Products and Service Elements (BPSE) performed by the University’s central IT department were identified.  These BPSEs were then organized into IT Lines of Business.  Together this information delivered a transparent picture of IT operations spend, and clearly defined the activities and cost of a large Health Information Technology operation.  The presenters described the study drivers, and the methodology.  They also discussed how this information could be used to allocate IT costs; evaluate outsourcing targets; identify cost-cutting goals; and more.

 

 

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