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Kent State Recognized With CIO 100 Award (06/01/2009)

Kent State is earning national accolades for the successful implementation of its enterprise resource planning system. The university has been honored by CIO magazine as one of its CIO 100 award winners.

"This year's CIO 100 awards draws well-deserved attention to companies that are both innovating and creating business value with IT despite the economic downturn, " says Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of CIO magazine & Events. "These winners are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."

Prior to the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system, Kent State operated on separate, independent mainframe computing systems that did not share information very well. The new system creates a unified digital campus, with several self-service applications accessed through a single portal using information from a secured, shared database. As a result, the university was able to retire its aging mainframe, at a savings of more than $600,000 annually.

“This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the many individuals across all divisions at Kent State who contributed to our ERP implementation,” says Ed Mahon, vice president for information services and chief information officer. “Now their efforts, which have increased the accessibility, reliability and security of our information systems, are being recognized nationally as a model for other universities that want to adopt a unified digital campus.”

The CIO 100 awards recognize 100 innovative organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. Recipient organizations must demonstrate that they use information technology effectively to create business value. In a 2003 survey conducted by PR Week magazine, chief executive officers named the CIO 100 among the top 10 most influential corporate scorecards.

Kent State will receive its award at the organization’s 22nd annual symposium and awards ceremony in August. The university also will be listed in a special August edition of the magazine, which has a circulation of 140,000 chief information officers and high-level information technology executives across all industries.

For more information about Kent State’s Division of Information Services, visit its Web site at



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