Binghamton University, SUNY

IP Telephony Feasibility Study

Location: Binghamton, NY
Client:  Binghamton University, State University of New York

Project Description:

In late 2007 the technology departments at The State University of New York at Binghamton (also known as Binghamton University or BU) had been watching the development of VoIP for several years and believed that the time was right to better understand its strengths and weaknesses, how to manage it, and to identify the potential opportunities the technology might bring to the BU community.

Vantage met with BU to determine system requirements and gather technical information on their current system, the BU data network, and the BU technology infrastructure required to support an IP solution.  Vantage also developed pricing regarding the four options and developed the comparisons and life-cycle cost analysis for this report.

Vantage recommended that Binghamton move ahead with (remaining with their current system with limited VoIP) assuming an increase in VoIP deployment over time with the understanding that additional opportunities for VoIP deployment should not be ignored.  The associated costs with a wholesale change to VoIP, of any kind, did not provide benefits commensurate with the significantly increased costs.

Vantage further recommended that BU use the time that this approach afforded to make continual, incremental improvements to the BU data network so as to position the University for pure VoIP in the future. Over the ensuing five years, Binghamton University has continued to meet the needs of the University at a substantially lower cost, has used the money saved to make the recommended infrastructure improvements, and is in the process of researching replacements for their current system.

Services:

  •  Strategic Planning
  • Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Transition Planning
  • Cost Benefit Analysis

Technologies:

  • VoIP Protocols
  • VoIP Transition Strategies
  • Visioning

Benefits:

  • Decision allowed the University to invest appropriately, saving money up front for future re-investment
  • Allowed for incremental improvements over the next few years
  • Money saved allowed for recommended infrastructure improvements.