The midwestern state of Kansas governs over 2.9 million people. Centered at the state capital, Topeka, this legislative body has a stated aim to deliver world-class digital government. The state’s IBM mainframe runs mission critical applications for multiple agencies which are connected over a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Their vision towards a digital government was being hindered by outdated infrastructure.
Ensono is helping the state realize annual savings of 20%, or approximately $1.8 million per year. “Previously, we had to bear all the fixed costs associated with owning the mainframe,” says Donna Shelite, Chief Operating Officer for the Kansas Office of Information Technology Services. "By working with Ensono, the State of Kansas will enjoy contractual and pricing flexibility to operate more efficiently today and transform in the future. Together, Ensono and the state are implementing many cost reduction and efficiency boosting strategies, including:
- Consolidation of operational support resources to eliminate duplication of effort.
- Leverage of Ensono’s existing software contracts and service provider purchasing structure to reduce software costs. The cost for IBM MLC, CA and Compuware software is included in Ensono’s scope of services, as is bringing this software up to current levels.
- Elimination of the need to build/buy additional data center capacity to host the mainframe.
- Improved support and reduced operational risks.
- Migration of workloads away from the mainframe.
“The new mainframe infrastructure we’re providing is giving the State of Kansas increased flexibility to accommodate capacity changes, along with world-class reliability,” says Ensono Chief Operating Officer, Brian Klingbeil. “We’re also helping them devise a long-term strategy for IT support that helps mitigate some of the challenges they’re facing with regards to their aging IT workforce.”