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Columbus State CC Managing Projects with TeamDynamixHE

Columbus State Community College has deployed TeamDynamixHE, a project management system for higher education from a company with the same name. The college, which serves 24,000 students in Columbus, OH, is spread across an 85-acre downtown campus, 10 suburban centers, and a virtual campus that enrolls more online students than any college in Ohio.

TeamDynamixHE provides Columbus' staff and contractors with a central repository from which to access current project plans from a browser. The application also enables the institution's IT team to manage project requests, prioritize and score all potential projects, and streamline the project startup and staffing process. Users can access customizable personal dashboards for a graphical display of daily responsibilities and current issues. The product also serves as a communication tool for the IT team by automatically notifying members of timelines, deadlines, tasks, and additions or changes.

"In today's environment, return on investment is more important than ever when considering project prioritization and trying to meet the increasing needs of our growing student population," said Bart Prickett, director of IT support services. "TeamDynamixHE provides an excellent way to organize projects and initiatives for the institution. From an efficiency standpoint, we are able to combine or eliminate closely related projects, saving time, money, and effort. In addition, the ability to track resources and provide reporting allows managers and officers the ability to plan, budget, and justify current and future initiatives during fiscally challenging times."

The new deployment replaces the college's combination of Intuit's QuickBase and a homegrown IT request system. Current users include 175 people in the college's data center, IT network and PC services group, educational resource center, enrollment services, public safety, and the center for educational workforce development. A few of these departments are also using the TeamDynamixHE TDTicketing module to track help-desk incidents and associated efforts for their departments.

TeamDynamixHE is currently used by Syracuse University in New York; Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, OH; and Columbus-based Ohio State University and Franklin University.

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