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ITS Management Briefing - ECN economic impact update 2018

Author: tidBiTS

Posted on Aug 7, 2018

Category: Management Briefings , General Interest

The NB/PEI Educational Computer Network (ECN) reduced IT costs for members—and thus funders including the provinces—an annual average of $1.3M over the past five years—a 100% return on investment. In the last two years, the yearly savings have been even more‐‐$1.5M. Through economies of scale, and with expertise contributed by all, NB/PEI ECN members pay less for many software applications, connections to commercial internet services, and equipment, than they could independently. NB/PEI ECN members include Mount Allison University, l’Université de Moncton, the University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University, the University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College, the Maritime College of Forest Technology, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), and the New Brunswick public colleges (NBCC and CCNB). ITS is the main operator and services provider for NB/PEI ECN shared IT services.

Recent projects include a consortium‐wide purchase and implementation of next generation firewall (NGFW) technology— resulting in savings of over $600k—and a cybersecurity threat risk assessment (TRA) currently being conducted at most member institutions and resulting in savings of $300k. These projects help protect NB/PEI ECN members by deploying state‐of‐the‐art network protection and gaining insight into other cybersecurity gaps that can then be addressed by members individually or the group as a whole.

Furthermore, NB/PEI ECN continues to be amazingly successful in attracting investment from the federal and provincial governments‐‐over $600k has been contributed to the development and expansion of the NB research and education communications network over the last three years. The network connects all the campuses of our members with high‐speed, redundant fiber‐optic cable, ensuring students, faculty, and staff experience superb connectivity with other research networks across Canada and around the globe. Inestimable value from collaboration, cooperation, and highly professional relationships among the members has contributed greatly to NB/PEI ECN’s reputation across Canada as having one of the best governance, management, and operating models among similar organizations.

NB/PEI ECN has provided shared IT services to universities and colleges in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island for 47 years. NB/PEI ECN is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the Presidents/CEOs of member institutions, and is managed by a Network Committee consisting of the IT directors of the members. NB/PEI ECN won the inaugural CUCCIO Collaboration Award in 2015, setting the bar for this prestigious prize for those who have come after. Have a look at our bilingual website for more information (http://nbpei‐ecn.ca). The video is particularly good!

July 27, 2018, Terry Nikkel, AVP, ITS

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