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Road Show 2017

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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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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


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


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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Technology Funding Model for a Major Pacific Northwest University

In an engagement with a leading Pacific Northwest University, WTC provided them with a costing model for all of their technology services.  Over and under recovery conditions for the current rate structure reflecting subsides and other funding considerations were developed.  A proposed methodology for developing recharge rates for non-network related technology services were recommended.  Two cost structures were evaluated: The Per Capita model was chosen as the foundation for a new rate structure on campus due to its scalability and sustainability, adaptation to growth, and flexibility.  This model also simplifies departmental billing and accommodates new technologies.

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