Teamwork has paid off big time for Alberta's educators and government agencies, whose efforts to share more cloud and networking tools, as well as bulk buy commercial internet, resulted in millions of public dollars being saved in the last year. These savings are proving crucial in a time of falling provincial government revenues.
Over the last year, the services offered by Cybera, Alberta's not-for-profit technology agency, to its 60+ K-12, post-secondary and public sector members generated well over $4 million in cost efficiencies. The top three research universities in Alberta alone achieved $2 million in net benefits for IT services and secured research funding.
Over 50% of those savings came through more efficient network services. Cybera manages the unmetered research and education network, which connects to Alberta's public institutions. Through this network connection, Cybera is able to link members directly to major websites such as Google, YouTube and Microsoft, allowing them to divert up to 80% of their internet traffic at no cost. Educators also save substantial amounts through Cybera's Internet Buying Group, which bundles their commercial traffic to receive bulk rates (reducing some members' costs tenfold).
"The ability to offer students new online learning opportunities, while still saving money, is very important for schools looking to keep ahead of the technology curve in tough economic times," says Rik Jesse, Director of Technology at Lethbridge School District 51. "It would be very difficult for us to offer these innovative programs if not for the work of technology agencies such as Cybera."
"Cybera's continuing work to drive down the cost of computing in Alberta is helping educators mitigate the challenges of operating under severe financial restraints," says Robin Winsor, President and CEO of Cybera.
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Cybera is a not-for-profit technology-neutral organization responsible for accelerating technology adoption in Alberta. Its core role is to oversee the development and operations of Alberta's cyberinfrastructure — the advanced system of networks and computers that keeps government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, business incubators and entrepreneurs at the forefront of technological change.