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Think: Education Group’s Innovation on AWS Cloud Saves a Further AUD$500,000 Per Year in IT Costs

Sydney, 6 September 2012: Think: Education Group (THINK), a Seek company, has today announced further innovation using Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its underlying infrastructure for IT Operations, underpinning its position as one of Australia’s most innovative private educators.  Using the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) service of AWS, THINK is on target to realise cost savings of approximately 70 percent and has recently rolled out a new project that helps achieve further reductions of AUD$500,000 per year.

THINK selected the AWS Cloud platform two years ago to be its resilient business enabler. THINK is now a highly responsive organisation, able to rapidly roll out new technology-based projects and deliver consistent and efficient services across its nationwide reach.
With 15,000 students undertaking  95 industry training courses online and in eight college campuses in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, Think: Education Group has grown by strategic acquisition to become a major contributor to Australia’s private education sector.
For THINK, the AWS Cloud is a game-changing technology that is providing operational expenditure savings in the vicinity of 70 percent. THINK is now cost effectively managing its college websites; student portals; online learning portals; administrative requirements and large amounts of data during peak examination periods, as well as applications such as its hospitability training.
Andy Donaldson, IT Director for Think: Education Group, said: “We have a culture that is forward-looking, pioneering and with a deep social conscience. Our ICT strategy reflects this broader corporate vision.”
“Our initial growth resulted in a complicated web of ICT systems and back-end infrastructures at various levels of maturity, coupled with multiple IT providers, hosting locations, processes and policies.”
“To address this, we reviewed both co-location hosting and Cloud services available in the Australian market and determined that AWS Cloud best met our needs.”
“The amount of functionality that we got out of the box, immediately with AWS was really impressive. Over the past two years, AWS has provided us with the secure platform across our infrastructure, while at the same time offers us the peace of mind of infinite scalability to support our future business growth,” Donaldson said.
THINK uses the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service to provision a private section of AWS Cloud, where the company use AWS infrastructure resources in a virtual network that they define and control, including selection of IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.  With Amazon VPC, THINK has extended their corporate network to AWS Cloud and paved the way for new business initiative such as the Printer Cost Recovery (PCR).
The Printer Cost Recovery (PCR) project runs within THINK’s secure DMZ in the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud and then integrates back to the internal network of THINK. It is designed to significantly reduce the environmental impact and expense of printing costs at each of THINK’s campuses across Australia, which is expected to save AUD$300,000 in FY13 and then AUD$500,000 annually from FY14.
With print jobs now allocated to specific accounts, via the secure payment gateways within the student and administration portals, THINK now has accurate cost recovery from students, projects and departments. Students have become more conscious of their output of mass or specialised colour printing requirements which has also decreased the environmental impact.
About Think: Education Group - www.think.edu.au
Think: Education Group (THINK) has 15,000 Australian and international students in eight college campuses throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. It provides 95 industry training courses ranging across Business and Communications; Design; Beauty, Health and Wellness; Hospitality and Tourism; and English Language Training.
THINK was acquired in 2009 by Australia’s largest online job recruiter SEEK, and has grown to 400 employees through a number of strategic acquisitions.


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