The top 100 IT projects of 2009

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Data Center Inc. (DCI)

Storage Consolidation and Server Virtualization Initiative

Project lead: Robert Ross, CSO/VP of Network and Technical Services

Project description: DCI partnered with ISG Technology to implement a consolidated virtual server infrastructure based on technology from NetApp, Sun, Oracle, and VMware.

Industry: Financial services Dell Computer

Multsite Virtualized Training Solution

Project lead: Scott Purcell, Technical Training Advisor

Project description: Dell created a virtualized learning infrastructure to provide enterprise Linux OS training to students at geographically remote sites, tapping technology from Red Hat, Dell, and EMC.

Industry: Technology Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles

Infrastructure Overhaul and Disaster Recovery

Project lead: Don Champagne, Director of Administration

Project description: Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles revamped its IT infrastructure, transitioning its Microsoft-based operations from a single server location to collocation with disaster recovery technology provided by Neverfail.

Industry: Legal Direct Energy

Billing Platform

Project lead: Joe Abidaoud, Director

Project description: Direct Energy launched Project Gibraltar, a semi-SOA-based billing platform developed using agile methodologies, Tibco enterprise middleware, and .Net.

Industry: Utilities East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Secure Networks and Campus Access Project

Project lead: Jeff Crawford, Manager of Networking and Security

Project description: East Grand Rapids Public Schools built out its campus network, tapping Cisco technology for WLAN and firewall funcationality, Avenda for network access control, and Enterasys switches to support a blended Apple, Novell, Linux, Windows, and OS2 server environment.

Industry: Education El Centro Regional Medical Center

Operations Overhaul

Project lead: John Gaede, Director of IS Management

Project description: El Centro Regional Medical Center has launched a campaign to overhaul its operations, complete with a secure Aerohive wireless network, hands-free voice communication from Vocera, RFID tracking, and Symbian devices and tablet PCs in advance of a campus-wide electronic health records implementation.

Industry: Health care EMC

Datacenter Efficiency Project

Project lead: David Scheffler, Director IT Data Center Operations; Paul Divittorio, Director of Enterprise Systems and Application Hosting; Sadasiva Prathab, Director of Global Information Infrastructure Services

Project description: EMC launched a power- and resources-efficiency effort across its six datacenters, increasing its use of server virtualization and tapping hot and cold aisles, hot air ceiling plenums, and cabinet filler panel management to decrease overall energy expenditures and carbon emissions.

Industry: Technology Emerson Electric

Product Lifecycle Management Initiative

Project lead: Steve Rhodes, PLM Project Manager

Project description: Emerson Electric launched a global product lifecycle management initiative centered around technology from Siemens.

Industry: Technology Federal Health Architecture, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services

Open Source Health Information Exchange Gateway

Project lead: Vish Sankaran, Program Director

Project description: Twenty federal agencies combined efforts to build the Connect health information exchange gateway, tapping open source infrastructure technologies such as the Glassfish application server, Open ESB, and NetBeans.

Industry: Government FedEx Services

Multichannel Shipment Visibility Initiative

Project lead: Arnie Matson and Kelly Pringle, Manager of IT

Project description: FedEx extended its shipment tracking system to include real-time visibility via the Web, desktop, and the iPhone using Adobe Flex and AIR, as well as native Objective-C for the iPhone.

Industry: Distribution

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