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whatever. And because we moved
to lower-energy BladeCenter
servers, they're saving money on IT
operations," Pettit adds.
Of course, many of the state's
departments were running on
mainframes, so a BladeCenter
migration wasn't feasible. Instead,
the state decided to move several
of them to a dedicated, centralized
zEnterprise System. This made
sense given the small size of the
machines, including those run by
the Department of Public Safety
and the Department of Corrections,
and their low utilization rates.
Not only that, but the state has
an obligation to efficiently use
citizens' tax money. As Pettit puts
it, "A tax dollar is a tax dollar is
a tax dollar, and we need to find
ways to make absolutely sure we
spend it wisely." One of the ways
it's now doing that is by allowing
departments that previously spent
money on IT to refocus funds on
their core missions.
"Take the money the Department
of Human Services was spending
on IT. Its mission isn't IT. It's using
IT to bring meals to senior citizens
or make sure child support is being
paid. Making more money available

to hire more caseworkers is much
more important than maintaining
its own servers or buying additional
spinning disks," Pettit says.
Money savings are only part of
the story. Perhaps more tellingly,
it's also about sharing services.
Licensing is only one example.
In the past, people would have to
go through one process to get a
business license and yet another
to get a practitioner's license. Now
they can do it all in one place and
save money while doing so.
Similarly, data regarding
services such as getting a hunting
license and the failure to pay child
support can be tied together. For
example, if someone applies for
a pheasant-hunting license, that
person might be flagged for having
fallen behind on child support. In
those cases, the money that might
otherwise have gone to the license
would instead be applied to back
child support.
"This is really about leadership
decisions and policies and what
we're trying to accomplish-and
not IT. We can now tell someone,
'Hey, you're behind on your child
support, so you might want to
cancel your hunting trip. That

money's going to the mother of
your children,' " Pettit notes.

The Pivot
Although the state of Oklahoma
is only about halfway through its
migration process, it's already
projecting huge IT cost savings,
which Pettit parses into cost
avoidance and cost reductions.
Over a six-year period, the avoidance savings-not purchasing
new servers and storage, for
example-comes in at about
$20.6 million. Cost reduction
savings-reducing overall IT
expenditures-is even larger,
rounding out to $77.85 million
over a six-year period.
Perhaps most importantly, the
state is now offering better services
to its citizens. And that, after all,
is how government should work,
especially given its use of hardearned tax dollars. As Pettit puts
it, "This is all about the better
provisioning of your resources and
creating policy by leadership, not
IT. That's the pivot."

Utilization, OK
Oklahoma's siloed
mainframe systems
were mostly
underutilized.
Highest
utilization rate:

20%

Lowest
utilization rate:

5%

***
Following
consolidation, overall
utilization is now
running at

77%

for the production
agency LPARs

Jim Utsler is senior writer for IBM
Systems Magazine and has been
covering technology for more than
20 years.

PROJECTED SAVINGS
Over a six-year period, Oklahoma's IT consolidation efforts are projected to cut:

$20.6 million through cost avoidance
$77.85 million in cost reductions

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Editor's Desk: On the road with analytics
IBM Perspective: Extending IBM's commitment to big data and analytics
Trends: IBM Capacity Management Analytics for zEnterprise cost-effectively ensures optimal performance
IT Today: IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V4.1 expands the value of high-performance analytics
Case Study: The State of Consolidation: Oklahoma improves service levels by consolidating its IT on zEC12
Cover Story: Big Data's Big Impact: zEnterprise hybrid technology helps redefine business analytics
Feature: The System z Crystal Ball?: Teach the mainframe to predict the future using analytics and automation
Tech Corner: Alternative metrics deliver a more complete view of hardware for server RFPs
Administrator: QMF extends its analytics capabilities to help meet the demands of big data and mobile
Solutions: TestBase; Vanguard Offline
Stop Run: Historic property has much to teach retired IBMer
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Cover1
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Table of Contents
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Editor's Desk: On the road with analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - IBM Perspective: Extending IBM's commitment to big data and analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Trends: IBM Capacity Management Analytics for zEnterprise cost-effectively ensures optimal performance
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Case Study: The State of Consolidation: Oklahoma improves service levels by consolidating its IT on zEC12
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Cover Story: Big Data's Big Impact: zEnterprise hybrid technology helps redefine business analytics
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Feature: The System z Crystal Ball?: Teach the mainframe to predict the future using analytics and automation
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - Solutions: TestBase; Vanguard Offline
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