Reducing It Cost

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Submitted By thonda99
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Milestone 1
Reducing IT costs at The Learning Tree
Tiffany Davis
Managerial Applications of Information Technology
Professor Beacom

The business problem to be solved is how to reduce IT costs, and improve the data management department of The Learning Tree.
Company Background
The Learning Tree, Inc. is a non-profit organization that exists to provide a warm and loving environment with individualized, empirically validated services and supports to persons with significant educational, medical, and behavioral challenges; helping them develop and maintain a quality of life enjoyed by non-disabled members of their family and community. Three parents of children with multiple disabilities approached Pat Murphy and Jerre Brimer, two educators who had worked with their children as team teachers in the public school setting, and asked them to help establish a school environment that would nurture, challenge, and provide individualized instruction. They sought a school that could not only provide educational services, but also 24-hour care on a year-round basis so that consistency could be established and systematic data based programming could be more adequately implemented. As a result, The Learning Tree, Inc. was incorporated in 1983. The organization maintains three residential schools in Alabama - Mobile, Jacksonville, and Tallassee - for children with autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual disabilities. In addition, it operates The Little Tree Preschools in Mobile, Jacksonville, and Auburn and a consulting program for public schools and other organizations. Beginning in August 2009, the organization will open Woody’s Song, a program offering non-residential services for elementary-aged students. Our services are supervised and provided by a variety of professionals including certified teachers, psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts,…...

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