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Higher Education

Higher education in the 21st century is in the process of self-transformation, as its operations now extend well beyond the classroom to the digital realm in providing instructional and research opportunities to a broader base of learners.

Even with the demand by students and faculty for greater online access, collaboration and resources, IT initiatives at many major educational institutions are challenged by a range of factors that are both budgetary and strategic:

  • Determining a best-use strategy in IT expenditures to better manage costs and promote future growth
  • Investing in an institution-wide cloud strategy that is fundable and scalable
  • Extending and managing remote communications for greater productivity and connected learning opportunities
  • Making critical upgrades to infrastructure to advance operational efficiency
  • Integrating and updating database systems for improved analytical insight to support institutional outcomes
  • Meeting privacy and security requirements to safeguard the online learning environment  

Iron Bow Solutions

Iron Bow is the trusted provider for such major educational institutions as Catholic University, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, College Park.  Higher education recognizes our expertise in ensuring the top standards and cost efficiencies through solutions that include:

Collaboration Technologies

  • Collaboration technologies support integrated communications and expanded engagement with students, faculty and researchers.
  • Advanced unified communications with seamless Integration of voice, video, data, IM and documentation
  • Video teleconferencing solutions for secure collaboration among researchers, while creating additional educational engagement opportunities, including adaptive and peer-to-peer “social” learning
  • Social media applications that enable responses to stakeholders through public social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook or other public forums

Data Center Optimization

  • Data center optimization will improve accessibility to connected learning and research opportunities while streamlining processes for enhanced operations.
  • Scaled database solutions promote greater employee productivity and improved access to constituent analysis and other research
  • Efficient information exchange and interoperability accessible to all employees, from shared calendars to remote document management

Secure Mobility

  • Secure mobility for faculty and staff, addressing all of the complexities that BYOD brings to an educational institution while providing greater access for connectedness, learning and research.
  • Complete mobile device management in visibility, control and network security
  • Secure access to data, documentation and “anytime, anywhere” distance learning tools as needed

Wired and Wireless Networks

  • Wired and wireless networks designed to support robust bandwidth, security and a myriad of data types resulting from campus-wide use of technology by students, faculty and staff.
  • Intelligent routing and switching that directs video and other types of data while monitoring, detecting and alerting you to issues
  • Design and integration of wireless networks with appropriate security to support a variety of mobile devices and brands
  • High-availability networking that eliminates unnecessary downtime and provide a reliable backbone for your critical operations, 24x7