Consulting Services for the Higher Education Industry

Avasant brings to the higher education sector a wide range of cross-industry experience with our research and consulting solutions. These include digital and IT transformation, disruptive technology innovation, strategic sourcing, organizational transformation, and change management.
These solutions equip higher education business and technology leaders to navigate the many challenges and opportunities they face. As in other industries, shifting consumer demands are driving fundamental changes in higher ed economic and academic models. These impact the relationships and interactions between students and institutions, and they are increasing the demand for multi-mode real time access that is flexible and scaleable. As in other industries, this is all against a background of increasing cyber-threats and tighter budgets.
Our strategic offerings appeal to the highly collaborative and ecosystem-based nature of higher education while ensuring that key stakeholder interests are addressed, and transformation initiatives geared toward achieving institutional objectives are well-defined.
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Case Study

Howard University
A well-known Historically Black Research University sought to transition to a managed services contract with service providers that could offer cost-effective, high-quality service delivery using top-notch technologies. We collected pertinent technical, organizational, and resource unit (RU) information to establish a baseline for spending and to develop pricing proposals based on resource units for network services. We developed an IT infrastructure sourcing strategy and financial business case to define the future needs for IT infrastructure, including network, data, and voice support. We then created a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) Bid Package, which included various components such as Infrastructure Management, Voice Communications, and Mobility Services Statements of Work (SOWs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs), a Pricing Structure, a Relationship Management Schedule, and a Transition Plan. This resulted in a zero-cost transformation of the entire legacy network infrastructure including a USD 25 million infrastructure upgrade and an overall operating cost reduction of 18% over the base case.

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