Monmouth County government officials have entered into a shared services agreement with Brookdale Community College in an effort to save money and increase their I.T. services.

County officials say this move will save money and increase technological services (IT).

The Brookdale Community College Office of Information Technology (Brookdale OIT) and Monmouth County Information Technology Services (Monmouth County ITS) have been working together to evaluate IT challenges.

Both departments believed that a potential shared service model represents value and a reduction in duplicity.

“This initiative is another great example of the importance of shared services,” Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, liaison to the Monmouth County Office of Shared Services, said. “By joining these networks together, we will save taxpayer money and increase efficiency of services, which is exactly what shared services are intended to do.”

Brookdale OIT plans to partner with Monmouth County ITS to connect both local area data networks.

This partnership will create an eight-mile network connection between the College and the County.

It demonstrates the practice of leveraging both data and voice networks.

“The County works closely with Brookdale in many areas, so the partnership between our IT departments makes perfect sense,” Freeholder Lillian Burry, liaison to Brookdale Community College, said. “We are all dedicated to improving the services provided to Monmouth County residents while being fiscally responsible.”

The initiative will allow the two agencies to expand data networks, increase their technical capacity, and deliver competent services with less financial investment.

“We are confident that going forward with our collective experiences and vision, we will continue to deliver cutting edge technology for both Brookdale Community College and Monmouth County,” Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., liaison to Monmouth County ITS, said.

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