What does critical mean to you?
Colleges and universities face numerous challenges. Among those are balancing quality of education, completion rates, funding, administration, staying competitive, and attracting research staff and projects. Many try to support all of these initiatives with an inadequate, legacy data center.
The EDI Data Center Practice welcomes Dr. Tom Maier as Senior Advisor, Higher Education. Dr. Tom Maier brings a wealth of experience and expertise as both an executive leader and end user of academic and administrative technologies important to supporting and enhancing the higher education enterprise.
His background working with EDI includes the development of the Board of Regents IT facility near Athens, Georgia, and the design of renovation plans for projects at Agnes Scott College. In addition, Dr. Maier and Jeremy Gilbertson, Managing Principal at EDI recently teamed up for a programming, conceptual design and budgeting engagement for Georgia Institute of Technology.
Prior to his retirement from Georgia Tech in 2011, Tom served as the Vice Chancellor for Information and Instructional Technology and CIO for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. On the national level, Tom recently served (2008-2011) as a member of the Board of Directors for EDUCAUSE and has participated in advisory boards for Apple, Dell, and Pearson. He continues his faculty role as an Adjunct Professor in the CIS department at Georgia State University.
His areas of specialization include:
- Institutional IT assessment
- IT-Facilities interactions for design, construction, and renovation
- IT strategic planning
- IT governance
- Shared Services
- Academic and Administrative systems implementations and management
- High Performance Computing resources development
- Project/Portfolio Management
"Our committee unanimously chose EDI to help us out. A site visit followed, and shortly thereafter, a written assessment with an on-site verbal presentation was made. Yet to be conducted is the follow-up to make substantial design changes, to be followed with the reconfiguration of RPP capacity on the server floor."
“We contracted with EDI to do a complete data center assessment of our 8-year old data center. I would give them an A on all three dimensions of importance to us: competence, value, and relationship. I would highly recommend EDI to any data center director.”