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The University of Florida helps students flourish with a mobile app based on IBM technology
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By Carol Marting,
Client References Manager - System z software .
Ownership of smartphones among college students is rocketing, with estimates that the growth rate could hit 90 percent by 2014. The message is clear – if you want to speak to college and university students, say it with a smartphone.
But how does a university with 50,000 students and 5,400 faculty members that are constantly on the move capitalize on this knowledge to ensure that users have the information they need to get the most out of a 2,000-acre campus?
This was the question the University of Florida (UF) was asking itself – it wanted to give students and staff access to information such as campus maps, bus routes, class schedules and more wherever they were on campus to make life easier, less stressful and more productive.
UF developed a cutting edge mobile web application that integrates with its Integrated Student Information System to help students navigate the wealth of information that they are presented with throughout university life. The application is based on the IBM CICS Transaction Server, with the university staying on top of up to one million transactions generated by the application each day with the powerhouse that is the IBM zEnterprise 114 platform.
Upgrading to the latest-generation IBM z114 yielded 1.4-fold performance improvement while CPU consumption for the university’s CICS environment dropped by 30 percent – translating into better service and value for money for the students of UF.
To read more about how the University of Florida is helping its students flourish with innovative IBM technology, read the IBM case study at http://www.ibm.com/software/success/cssdb.nsf/cs/CPAR-8Z8N47