Ozarks Technical Community College’s Information Technology department received a Cloud Leadership award from E&I Cooperative Services, a not-for-profit purchasing company that serves educational institutions. David Esping, OTC’s chief technology officer, and Eric Kyle, director of network software, accepted the award at the annual EDUCAUSE conference, held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Philadelphia, Pa.
OTC was chosen out of 100 nominations to win one of 24 Cloud Leadership awards given at the conference. OTC’s IT department received its award in the category of innovation for its commitment to cloud and cloud services not widely adopted by the market. OTC IT recently completed a successful migration of its email and learning management systems to the cloud.
“I would like to recognize our IT staff for their efforts in modernizing our data center and services,” said Esping. “Our department completed these large-scale migrations in less than a year — a notable feat that also marked the institution’s first large presence in the cloud.”
OTC’s Information Technology department is responsible for ensuring college network connectivity both on and off campus. The department also provides IT support through the IT Help Desk, a service primarily administered by students to assist other students, faculty and staff with technology issues.
E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions and services to education and related institutions. E&I provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement solutions and consulting services to help them source effectively. By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 4,300 member institutions, E&I helps members reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies. The Cooperative’s member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards.