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The Secret is Out: IT-oLogy opens its doors to a new era in advancing IT talent across the Southeast

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22,000 square feet of cutting edge information technology hub makes its debut

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COLUMBIA, SC – February 8, 2011 - The secret is out! More than 300 business and educational leaders from across the East coast got their first look at the newest initiative of the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management on Tuesday night in downtown Columbia.

The Consortium unveiled a brand called IT-oLogy to describe its initiative to advance IT talent across the Southeast. On Tuesday night, IT-oLogy opened its doors at the Tower at 1301 Gervais Street (corner of Gervais and Sumter Streets) in downtown Columbia. The Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management, which began as a vision amongst executives at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina and IBM, has launched its next phase in its plan   to promote and advance IT talent through a central space dedicated to learning. 

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Photography by Anne McQuary www.heybabysmile.com 

IT-oLogy has turned 22,000 square feet of traditional office space into a hub of activity designed to develop Information Technology (IT) talent. The state-of-the-art facility includes an IBM System Z mainframe, computer labs for hands-on and distance learning, integrated audiovisual equipment, a 200-seat theater, space for learning video game and software development, open source development labs and much more.

IT-oLogy will sponsor seminars, training programs and networking events for students and IT professionals at its new headquarters in the heart of downtown Columbia. IT-oLogy believes that strengthening the IT work force will help businesses expand and attract new companies to South Carolina. The dynamic facility will also be available to schools, universities and businesses for programs related to IT learning and professional development, including applied business research and live project development.

The Consortium is a collaboration amongst IT companies, academic instutions and partner organizations across the Southeast. Partners include BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, IBM, Google, CA Technologies, SCANA, Palmetto Computer Labs, VC3, Carolina First, CISCO, TM Floyd, Verizon, Colonial Life, Clemson University, Cyberwoven, College of Charleston, Red Hat, Lenovo, Hubbell Lighting, UNC Charlotte, NC State, NC AT&T, The Mariner Group and others.

"In business, we use the phrase 'Think global and act local.' This is a perfect description of how we are scaling programs to increase the talent pipeline by leveraging partner contributions to do things collectively that we could never do individually," said Lonnie Emard, Executive Director of the Consortium.

The Consortium is supported through a number of academic institutions, corporations and businesses across the Southeast.

"As a founding partner of the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management, the University of South Carolina is delighted to be represented here tonight," said Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina.

"I am so gratified to see the initial vision that was shared by Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and IBM is coming to fruition in this new initiative, IT-oLogy."

"It is public/private partnerships such as this, partnerships that tap the brightest minds, feed the entrepreneurial spirit and nurture the can-do attitude that will build the foundation for an invigorated economy with well-paying jobs and an educated workforce in our state," Pastides continued.

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For information about IT-oLogy, events or facility usage, please visit www.it-ology.org or contact Powers Strickland, Communications Manager at powers.strickland@it-ology.org or 803.354.5735.