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Is UPMC's $402M Deal With IBM Paying Off?

By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2007-07-18 Print this article Print

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center had runaway growth in its server and storage infrastructure. Here's what it did.

In 2005, a $6 billion health-care organization took a dose of on-demand computing, virtualization and ITIL and set out to transform itself, vendor-customer relationships and the national health-care system. How far has the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center come?

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Also in This Feature:

  • Working Together: How UPMC and IBM are delivering technology change.
  • Base Technologies: Relying on an On Demand computing environment.
  • Who's Who: A CIO opts against gradual change.
  • Doing More With Less: How virtualization helps avoid costs.
  • Realigning Budgets: A look at infrastructure investments.
  • At a Glance: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Question: As virtualization shrinks the number of servers installed in enterprises, do you think software vendors will adjust their prices to reflect the new reality? Drop a note to editors@baselinemag.com

David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.
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