Since 1982, New Horizons Learning Group has provided innovative learning solutions that have transformed businesses, large and small.
On this page, you will find case studies that showcase our innovative delivery methods, customized training solutions, certified instructors, and vendor-authorized content.
Read how companies such as Cornell University, Kendle, Dunkin Donuts, Blattner Brunner, 1-800 Flowers, SOUTHCOM, Bowne, Wood Personnel and others increased productivity, improved collaboration, save time and money, and delivered a consistent learning experience to geographically dispersed staff.
As a company that consistently uses technology as one of its core competencies, DreamWorks Animation demonstrates the successful adoption of Red Hat products. A customer of Red Hat for more than a decade, DreamWorks Animation first deployed Red Hat Linux in its mission-critical render farm. Today, almost every DreamWorks Animation artists has Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop running on the latest HP workstation and nearly every DreamWorks Animation serve is powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux technology running on the latest HP Serves. Lans Carstensen, Principal Engineer, DreamWorks Animation states, "Red Hat software is a key enabling technology for our animation pipeline."
Founded in 1998, Rackspace Hosting is a leading provider of enterprise-class IT hosting and cloud computing services. Powered by its commitment to Fanatical Support, the San Antonio, Texas-based company serves more than 152,000 customers around the globe, including half of the Fortune 100. Rackspace currently runs nine datacenters and employes more than 3,700 "Rackers," whose dedication to delivering world-class customer service vaulted Rackspace into a leadership position in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting.
Intuit needed a fast, reliable, and cost-effective storage solution for its TurboTax suite of tax preparation offerings. TurboTax is a Software-as-a-Service (Saas) suite of offerings, so system responsiveness was a critical goal. To help ensure high availability, Intuit needed to replicate data between two datacenters. Intuit chose Red hat Gluster Storage and got exactly what it needed, at a cost far lower than proprietary Gluster Storage Systems.
The Middleware Services Group within Information Technology Services (ITS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill needed a comprehensive, dynamic solution for frequent server provisioning requests and, in particular, managed servers. Without such a solution, the likelihood that users would employ outside vendors significantly increased. Use of outside vendors would potentially increase security concerns, present additional costs, and further complicate system administration. Moving to a fully-interoperable Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, built on OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat, has allowed the middleware services team to deliver a flexible development and hosting environment that has fostered innovation and increased peace of mind.
Qualcomm is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. The firm provides many of the innovative solutions and breakthroughs that enable its global customers to drive the convergence of mobile communications and consumer electronics. The company's many digital wireless communications products and services have helped connect millions of people more closely to information, entertainment, and each other.
As the leading and most liquid equities exchange group, NYSE Euronext powers the exchanging world and is compromised of equities and derivatives exchanges across the United States and Europe that trade cash equities, futures, options, fixed-income, and exchange-traded products. With more than 8,000 listed issues, NYSE Euronext is home to the world's leading companies providing access to the global liquidity they need to collaborate, compete, and grow.
In April 2012, Red Hat commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (RO) enterprises can realize by migrating from a proprietary operating system environment to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of migrating from proprietary operating environments to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux on their organizations and IT infrastructure.
Tired of paying exorbitant licensing and maintenance fees for proprietary middleware, Sprint embarked on an open source initiative with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform that significantly cut costs while delivering enhanced flexibility and agility to the company's mission-critical business applications.
At Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), large amounts of up-to-the-minute information muse be available to engineers at facilities all over the world. The company uses Red Hat JBoss Fuse to synchronize information across the enterprise in real time, eliminating the long days inherent in batch processing data. The result is a major leap forward in business process continuity, providing up-to-the-minute operational intelligence so that internal teams can get products to market faster.
One of the world's largest enterprise data warehouse and analytics companies wanted to accelerate product delivery by creating a private cloud for its development and quality assurance teams. With more than 8,000 employees and more than 2,600 installations worldwide, the company is focused on creating enterprise agility through database software, enterprise data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, analytics, and provides software for enterprises around the world.
As one of the top packaging distributors across the nation, Elkay Plastics Company (Elkay) needed technology advances to remain competitive. Industrial, Food Service, and Health Care industries were growing at exponential rates. Elkay and their teams needed to supply their customers with the best services, products, and downtime in the industry.
When Fernando DeCoster retired from the U.S. Navy he recognized the opportunity for growth and development in the thriving San Diego technology market. He built his IT knowledge through a series of training at New Horizons Southern California. Since obtaining certification success, Fernando spearheads a variety of projects as a Network Engineer. “The training schedule is flexible, hands-on labs allow students to become immersed into topics by experiencing the procedures for implementing tasks, and the Instructors provide a wealth of knowledge and experience in training students and explaining pertinent subject matter.”
Meet Gina Napier, first generation college graduate and U.S. Navy veteran, with a promising career in information technology, a future Security Engineer. Gina has been interested in technology since she was a young teenager. Her passion and curiosity to stay ahead of the curve led her to where she is today. “I pursued my I.T. education for this simple fact: I.T. is always changing and that’s what I love most about it. I always want to stay abreast on technology, so I serve as a useful and valuable employee at any place of employment,” stated Gina.
Wounded Warrior, Sgt. Felipe Fransico Adams found ‘Golden Ticket’ to the IT World: MCSE Server Infrastructure 2012. Felipe Adams chose to pursue his training for his I.T. career through New Horizons Learning Group. As the world’s largest training provider, Military Friendly school, veteran supporter and employer,
Felipe saw them as the perfect fit. “It was an easy choice to make because I did the research and New Horizons had everything I was looking for in a training center. My favorite part of what I like to call the New Horizons arsenal, aside from the helpful staff, is their mentored learning lab.”
The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
Marlene Martinez, a Facility and IT resource supervisor and Information System Security officer for a homeland security company, decided to bring further knowledge to her entire IT team. "We needed somebody on the team with these skills," stated Marlene. Through Microsoft Training at New Horizons Southern California, Marlene's IT team is more confident, more productive and better prepared going into IT challenges. “We needed somebody on the team with these skills,” stated Marlene. After groups of one week training courses at New Horizons of Southern California in Windows 2008 Active Directory Configuring, and Exchange Server, Marlene and her team are prepared for their 70-640 Microsoft Certification Exams.
The Los Angeles County Registrar – Recorder/County Clerk’s office recently went through a training projects in which they improved their online processing time from 17 days to 1 day! Employees are more efficient and confident, one stating “the [time] pressure is gone and I can do it all now”. Customers benefit with record certificate times, usually within under 1 week. This success and customer service has been recognized for its advancements by the county board with the Special Talents for Achieving Remarkable Services (STARS). Danetta D. states, "Prior to the change I felt pressure to go faster and the volume of [processing requests] was intimidating. After the change, I feel the process is much faster and smoother.. the pressure is gone and I can do it all now."
3M, a leading manufacturer, wanted a better way to track assets in one of its business divisions. Challenged to deliver a solution in a weekend, it used Microsoft Azure Mobile Services with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Xamarin development platform to rapidly create a tracking app that syncs with the cloud and runs on multiple mobile devices. With real-time insight, 3M is improving customer relationships and support for business expansion.
ABB S.p.A. is owned by ABB, a global power and automation company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. To meet business demands, ABB S.p.A. needed to give employees better business intelligence (BI) capabilities. The company also wanted to consolidate its data to give employees a single view of business and customer information. ABB S.p.A. is implementing a Microsoft BI and data warehouse solution that will provide better business insight and give employees a unified data view. The solution also gives the company the flexibility to add analytical tools going forward.
blinkbox is a UK movie and TV streaming service that is enjoying terrific growth. However, the company’s London datacenter loomed as a barrier to future growth. To quickly and cost-effectively gain access to the prodigious amounts of compute power and storage needed to perform video encoding, blinkbox moved to the cloud—specifically, Microsoft Azure. By moving its entire video workflow to Microsoft Azure and unplugging its datacenter, blinkbox will save millions of dollars, gain the ability to scale IT infrastructure on demand, and deliver a great customer experience on multiple consumer devices. The company is taking advantage of Microsoft Azure to expand its business and deliver more content to more customers, with outstanding reliability and quality.
HealthSparq is a Portland, Oregon-based cloud services provider dedicated to helping leading insurers and their 30 million customers experience the power of transparent healthcare. The concept of healthcare transparency is simple: inform and empower healthcare consumers so they can make better choices, improving outcomes and patient satisfaction while lowering the cost of care. HealthSparq offers a suite of transparency solutions delivered via public cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), including provider search and reviews, a social media community, and a comprehensive health cost estimator.
Diebold, one of the largest global providers of automated teller machines (ATMs), created a tablet-based application called Conductor that bank branch personnel use to monitor ATM usage. Diebold developed and runs Conductor in Microsoft Azure, which helped Diebold meet its three-month time-to-market target and gives Diebold an easy way to introduce the app globally. Conductor gives financial institutions a low-cost, easy-to-use tool to help transform their branches by migrating more transactions to self-service terminals.
Disney began adopting ITIL best practice in the mid-2000s. ITIL was developed by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in the UK and is the most widely accepted approach to IT service management in the world. It provides a cohesive set of best practice, drawn from the public and private sectors internationally.
For Edgenet, serving up real-time information is its lifeblood. To ensure that its customers receive timely, accurate product data, Edgenet powers its online selling guide with the In-memory OLTP solution delivered with Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Edgenet is also using self-service business intelligence (BI) to improve its own operations. By taking advantage of Microsoft in-memory technologies, the company can provide real-time access to product data, gains seven times faster throughput, and improves both customer satisfaction and business insight.
In order to meet the goals outlined by Shulman, the IRS’s Modernization Information Technology Services (MITS) organization began the process of assessing its IT environment to better understand what changes could be made in the context of best practices that would improve the end-user experience delivered to business units and taxpayers on a daily basis. As you can imagine, with a staff of 8,000 providing technology and management support for 102,000 IRS workers operating across the United States, this was no easy task. After several months of research and analysis, ITIL® was chosen as the preferred service management framework for the IRS to operate under.
December is the most important month of the year for UK retailer Marks and Spencer, and its advertising campaigns are the cornerstone of its holiday strategy. When its 2013 primetime holiday TV ad campaign encouraged people to visit a dedicated website, it was vital that it could cope with the spike in traffic. The retailer created a website using Microsoft Azure to support huge volumes of traffic while avoiding the expense of purchasing physical servers and relying on internal IT resources.
Advertising agencies have long sought a simple way to gauge the effectiveness of the campaigns they create for their clients. Media agency MediaCom has developed a way for them to do just that, using the business intelligence (BI) tools in Microsoft Office 365. By analyzing paid and earned media activity, MediaCom can quickly optimize campaign performance and “spend” across every channel. The process takes just days and can both drive better performance and increase productivity by up to millions of dollars per campaign.
Water engineering firm MWH Global sought to further streamline communication and collaboration by adopting Microsoft Lync Server 2013. The firm particularly appreciates the Lync Mobile client, which its employees use to stay connected on a range of devices. The firm is using the latest release of Lync to reduce costs, increase productivity, and enhance flexibility while fostering a greater sense of community and boosting its competitive edge.
Raycom Media is a US television broadcaster. To win viewers with captivating news broadcasts, it needed to foster communications among staff at 53 facilities. After evaluating other cloud-based productivity offerings, Raycom chose Microsoft Office 365 online messaging and collaboration tools for their ease of use and rich mobile productivity features. Now employees can work on any device anywhere that news happens, to capture and deliver stories before the competition.
With the new technology, Sky Zone is making it possible for employees and franchise partners to work with familiar tools from anywhere while promoting a professional image. The company expects to save more than US$1 million over the next five years as it takes advantage of email archiving and other cost efficiencies available through Office 365. Sky Zone also credits its new enterprise-class communications tools as a competitive differentiator in attracting new franchisees.
Temenos, a global banking software provider, wanted to build a cloud-based version of its existing on-premises T24 core banking application to give customers functionality in the cloud. By developing its new version on the Microsoft Azure platform, Temenos can now offer cloud banking capabilities to financial services companies that have traditionally used on-premises solutions, and it can help them meet strict security and compliance requirements. Additionally, Temenos customers can quickly access the cloud version of T24, and they have more flexibility and scalability.
Cisco and ADEC took an architectural approach to transforming the school system’s network and data center. This approach began with thoroughly understanding what ADEC wanted to achieve and determining the IT strategy that would be needed to implement its vision. The Cisco team reviewed ADEC’s existing infrastructure and security strategy against best practices. Based on this assessment, they developed a conceptual Borderless Network Architecture, network roadmap, strategy, and detailed design for connecting the 270 public schools.
Promutuel’s 150 field offices scattered around the large Eastern province range from single home offices to 100-person sites. A wide range of WAN technologies, applications and network environments in these offices produced a constant stream of challenges for Jamie Schofield, network architect for Promutuel, and the IT staff.
With so many diverse security requirements and areas to protect, Baylor College of Medicine needed a highly versatile, manageable network security defense system. The college turned to Cisco. Baylor has long used an endto- end Cisco network. Over the past several years, the IT team has employed more and more Cisco technologies for network security, which include solutions for endpoint protection, remote access connectivity, security administration, and more.
Rohrs and Sullivan evaluated four vendors and ultimately chose Cisco because, as Rohrs says, “Cisco offered the strongest scalable end-to-end solution. We were happy with our Catalyst switches and Prime Infrastructure management in our network core, and we felt that the Cisco Unified Access wired and wireless capability, coupled with its RF management and identity services would serve us best in the long term.”The Cisco Unified Access “One Policy, One Management, One Network” design delivers an integrated platform.
At the high school, eight Cisco Catalyst 3850 Switches are placed around campus to be close to the Cisco wireless access points. The school connects to a Cisco Catalyst 4500 Switch in the district office over fiber, by way of a Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR). Other schools also connect to the district office through Cisco ISRs.
American Pacific Mortgage was faced with the challenge of increasing employee efficiency through computer training on the Calyx® Point® (loan origination system), ACT! (contact management software) and various automated loan submission systems. With the company’s existing program, their corporate trainers provided onsite classroom learning events for their critical business software. Since the training team was relatively small in number, they were not able to meet the demands of serving the company’s multiple locations. As a result, the technical division often spent a tremendous amount of time supporting basic technology operations.
To prepare for certification, Davidson enrolled in classes at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center. Although Davidson had many options for MCSE training, New Horizons offered a unique combination of instructor-led classes and practical hands-on experience. New Horizons works one-on-one to help prospective students select the most appropriate path for their individual career goals and offers a variety of training options. Sales Manager Jerry Flora says, "Students can choose what works best for them. The method of instruction depends on the way in which each student learns best."
Qualcomm realized in the early 2000s that without virtualization, it would not be able to build IT capacity quickly enough to respond to its vast growth. Qualcomm also understood that virtualization would reduce the cost of its expansion, as it would cut the datacenter footprint required as well as cooling and heating costs. Qualcomm had prior success with Red Hat as it used Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run a diverse set of applications and workloads, file-serving and database workloads, and customer-service applications--most of which were Java-based. In the first five years since deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Qualcomm experienced a 600 percent growth with its servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Qualcomm continues to succeed and stay ahead of the learning curve with training at New Horizons Learning Group.
Symantec implemented a software-defined data center architecture based on VMware vCloud® Suite to speed creation of new test environments. It is currently scaled to support more than 200,000 virtual machines, one of the world’s largest software-defined data center deployments based on VMware vCloud Suite to date.
Disney Interactive entertains kids, families and Disney enthusiasts everywhere with interactive entertainment across all digital media platforms, including mobile, social and console games, online virtual worlds and Disney.com and the “Moms and Family” network of websites. When the Disney Interactive team considered building a private cloud, achieving faster time-to-market for its products and applications, reducing the total cost of ownership of its infrastructure and increasing operational efficiencies in its datacenter were the three critical goals. Disney Interactive was looking for a solution suitable for the company’s media/entertainment markets and able to provide the flexibility specific to its R&D and innovation efforts. The goal was to free engineering staff by empowering them with tools to automate many of the operational tasks that were done manually. Disney Interactive was also looking to eliminate discrepancies between its development and production environments and achieve consistency in its platform.
Debra Howell, Associate Director of Information Technology for Cornell University, has a very straightforward training policy for her staff - within 18 months of hire, all Systems Administrators must get their Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) certification and all Desktop Support personnel must get their
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification. Being a highly regarded educational institution, it is not surprising that Cornell would value employee training, however, having staff in training when your job is to keep the entire technology infrastructure up and running is not easy.
Kendle, one of the world’s leading global clinical research organizations, was challenged with the same training issues faced by most organizations: how to measure a return on their training investment, how to get employees the specific skills needed - quickly, and how to maintain productivity during training.
Dunkin Donuts purchased a new online ordering system and needed a new training program to train 2,500 Dunkin Donuts locations across the U.S. in 3 months. New Horizons worked with Dunkin Donuts to create a custom training course that consisted of two hours of instruction and two hours of hands-on practice in order to increase comprehension and retention of the material.
Blattner Brunner is a full service advertising and marketing agency, with three office locations across the United States housing approximately 150 PC workstations. Due to the large number of remote personnel that need to stay connected with the various functions and departments within the agency, Blattner Brunner made the decision to implement the Microsoft Office 2007 suite as its core integration and workflow management platform.
Analysis showed that a 1-800 Flowers worker who completed the New Horizons training improved their productivity by 15 minutes per day. Over a year, that is the equivalent of 15,000 hours of productivity savings which equates to $276,000 in cost savings due to the training. The performance gain is nearly a 6 to 1 benefit to cost ratio.
New Horizons created a comprehensive Information Assurance certification training plan for SOUTHCOMM in compliance with DoD Directive 8570. The private course was delivered locally in a 6-day bootcamp format consisting of daily assessments and exam cramming sessions. The solution met the primary goal of providing validation through certification in a very short time-frame. In fact, the program was so successful that all personnel completing the program achieved certification on the first attempt.
New Horizons Professional Services team worked with Bowne to tailor a solution to their specific business, learning and learning management needs. With New Horizons as their training partner, Bowne was able to save $54,000 in training costs and was able to concentrate all of their efforts on the software conversion. Additionally, through the contracting of trainers with similar skill sets delivering the same content at locations across the country, Bowne received the added benefit of consistency in content and delivery at a nationwide level.
Wood Personnel assigned their computer specialist to migrate the company’s network and deploy necessary software. Once migrated and deployed, the computer specialist would need the advanced knowledge for the long-term network management. Wood provided training through New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, where the specialist gained extensive skills on the Microsoft Windows® Platform, server software and earned her Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) credential.
Since this initiative represented the first organized training for The Cafaro Company in its 50 year history, they needed a training partner that could manage the program starting with the creation of course materials all the way to the delivery of training. New Horizons created custom course materials to fit within Cafaro’s standard operating procedures. The curriculum was developed by interviewing subject matter experts within the company so that the content addressed job roles specific to the customer. A private training event was conducted to ensure all employees received uniform training.
The New England Media Group (NEMG), consisting of The Boston Globe, BostonWorks, Boston.com and Worcester Telegram & Gazette, determined that to effectively manage, and therefore increase their sales, they needed to get all sales staff to use one comprehensive Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.New Horizons created a custom course to teach the technical aspects of a customized version of a Customer Relationship Management System while shifting the mindset of the existing sales staff to use the technology to drive sales.T raining was delivered in the classroom for local employees and via Online LIVE (New Horizons synchronous eLearning offering) for employees located throughout the U.S.
New Horizons created custom course materials to cover specific SOX compliance issues. Course content and delivery were designed to ensure employees fully understood and retained knowledge regarding correctly performing procedures within SOX regulations. Training was delivered via Online LIVE (New Horizons synchronous eLearning offering) to provide consistent training to all staff worldwide, which could be recorded for review and new employees. "The training solution was very effective and the material was much clearer for employees. Plus, the New Horizons online learning method allowed for delivery of training customized to Russell's specific needs. The tools and resources provided after training also allow employees to continuously reinforce and strengthen their level of knowledge." - Jack Johnson, Vice President, Internal Audit, Russell Corporation
To improve collaboration and effectively manage change, New Horizons delivered a Microsoft Business Skills series course, Team Collaboration Using Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. The course offered hands on experience in a simulated work environment, discussions, and lecture material resulting in greater team collaboration, rapid deployment, employee commitment, and improved productivity.