Indiana University receives TechPoint Mira Award for IUanyWare
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April 22, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The TechPoint Mira Awards recognized Indiana University for the deployment of IUanyWare, a cloud-based service that provides IU students, faculty and staff with on-demand access to over 200 software applications. The awards honor outstanding technology performers and contributors who benefit the state's economy. IU received the Technology in Education Excellence & Innovation Award.
Using Indiana's I-Light Network, IUanyWare lets IU's more than 130,000 students, faculty and staff connect to critical software, cloud storage and printing tools, anytime, anywhere and on any device. IUanyWare represents the first virtualization initiative to succeed at an institution of Indiana University's size and scope (it is available across all eight campuses), and the judges were particularly impressed by the broad impact of this "bring your own device," community-centric approach.
"IUanyWare makes it easier for every IU student to have all the software she needs, on demand, from any location. It enables faculty to make assignments with confidence knowing there are no barriers of income or access to the software tools needed for university work from home, computer labs or mobile devices," said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and CIO. "We are honored that TechPoint has recognized this achievement for the IU community."
The streaming software service runs off Citrix's virtual technology from IU's primary Data Center in Bloomington. This cuts hardware and support costs, and provides value to the university community. Before IUanyWare, many software packages (such as project management and statistical software) were not readily available to everyone. Now, students, faculty and staff can use these and other software applications without the cost or hassle of installation.
"I'm proud to say that IU has a 'bring your own device' environment that works," said Sue Workman, associate vice president of client services and support. "IUanyWare gives students the opportunity to use their tablet or smartphone to access all the lab software, eTexts and learning management tools they need, whenever and wherever they choose. IUanyWare also helps IU make better use of its IT resources and gives our technology staff time to pursue more innovative projects."
The TechPoint Mira Award is IU's third honor for IUanyWare. Since its development in 2010, the service has also received the ACUTA 2013 Institutional Excellence Award and the 2012 Campus Technology Innovators Award.
"We had the largest class of Mira Awards finalists ever this year. It's a sign of the increasing activity and growth in the tech and entrepreneurial communities," said TechPoint CEO Michael Langellier. "The Mira Awards had a record 91 finalists this year chosen by an expert panel of 39 judges."
A complete list of the 2013 TechPoint Mira Awards winners is available at www.techpoint.org/mira.