14 Nov UWM recognized for info-sharing software
Milwaukee, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been recognized as a leading technology adopter for its incorporation of a content storage and collaboration system that enables information sharing within the campus community.
The “PantherFile” system, powered by Xythos Software, placed UWM among the 2006 “InfoWorld 100,” a group of organizations that invest in innovative technology. InfoWorld, a San Francisco-based business and technology publication, regularly evaluates emerging technologies and products.
PantherFile replaces a patchwork of LAN and USB file storage devices and has allowed over 8,000 members of the UWM community to securely store files that can be accessed and shared through any Web browser, on or off campus.
Files on PantherFile are located in a campus SUN server environment and access to files is controlled by the individual or groups that own the files. Faculty and students share course information, researchers collaborate with colleagues at other institutions, and several business functions have been addressed with PantherFile.
Bruce Maas, UWM’s interim CIO, said PantherFile allows the university to focus its resources on securing one location and one technology. “The result is better data security and greater efficiencies in managing the data,” he said.
The system also eliminates the need for campus units to manage their own file storage systems. “These technologies save money by providing one well-researched and planned solution, rather than multiple pockets of solutions,” said Maas. “The key savings are in the reduced number of staff and infrastructure required to support core services.”
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