Throwback Thursday: And what could be more important than that?

This state university is in the process of getting rid of its custom-programmed mainframe software, virtualizing its server environment and trying to integrate the whole works into something manageable, says a pilot fish on the scene.

“In our quest for companies that would have the correct type of management software to meet our complex needs and wants, we interviewed two very extensively,” fish says. “This included several RFIs and phone interviews and emails for several months.”

And because it’s a state university — with all the rules and regulations of a state-run agency — the process of vetting the vendors is grueling.

That’s not the worst of it, though. Once the vendors have passed muster from the standpoint of support, usability, integration and security — the things IT cares about — there’s the even more challenging task of getting a response from upper management about OK’ing the two short-listed vendors.

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from Computerworld

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