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Marist/IBM Joint Study

Marist has had a longstanding partnership with the IBM Corporation that has helped place the College among the most technologically advanced liberal arts colleges in the country. A key component of the Marist/IBM partnership has been a long-standing Joint Study arrangement that has benefited both organizations in many ways. Through the Study, IBM has been able to test concepts and applications that the company believes can be of value in the 21st century in cloud computing, analytics, education, business, cybersecurity, and other fields. The Study has also helped develop a world-class technology platform to support instructional, research, and administrative initiatives. The introduction of computers and computer science courses at Marist began in the mid 1960s, a time when few colleges the size of Marist had moved into this field.

From the start, the approach has been that computers are a functional tool for everyone at the College, as well as a scientific discipline to be mastered by those in the School of Computer Science amd Mathematics. The IBM/Marist Joint Study began in 1988 with the installation of a $10 million IBM 3090 mainframe computer. Since that time, Marist has continuously worked with IBM to carry out major upgrades of its enterprise computing environment. The College's participation in the Joint Study provides the unique opportunity for Marist students, faculty, and IT staff to work collaboratively with IBM research and development staff on various emerging technology initiatives. For example, Marist and IBM have combined their resources in a Joint Study program focused on Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology. This technology is being tested in the SDN Innovation Lab housed in the Hancock Center. The SDN advancement Marist and IBM are testing will enable IT professionals to remotely access and configure network resources via a wireless device and open source network controller developed by Marist.

More recently, Marist and IBM embarked on emerging technology research projects with applications in both the business and academic worlds. These projects include data analytics, software defined networking, and cloud computing. Current and planned activities provide Marist students the opportunity to work closely with faculty from many disciplines.