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3 Signs That Your IT Department Isn’t Relevant

Posted on Apr 5, 2018 7:34:00 AM

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Lack of relevancy affects many K-12 IT departments. The symptoms may initially seem hard to trace, but when you delve a little deeper, you will likely find that your IT needs some help to effectively contribute to the organization’s larger objectives.

Here are 3 Signs That You Need a Little Support

1. Your IT Strategy Isn’t Evolving

It’s a cold hard fact: technology is evolving at a much faster rate than ever before. Running your IT department the same way you were running it ten or even five years ago is not a good strategy. Why would you continue doing things exactly the same way when everything around you is evolving? Your strategy needs to change with the technology and the times, which means supplementing your team with additional resources to handle the increasingly specialized technologies that are now ubiquitous throughout classrooms. Your energy is best spent on strategic actions, and you won’t reach that point if you’re spending your time closing trouble tickets and keeping the blinky lights green.

2. No One Owns Your Network
Many IT folks inherit a network built by their predecessors and don’t have the time to do a deep dive to determine exactly how it’s configured or how all the technology is actually integrated. The right partner will gather data at a foundational level, which will ensure an intimate understanding of the existing network and allow for optimization as you move forward. Whether it’s a matter of expertise or just the time to make it happen, the right resources can help your team understand and take ownership of the network from the ground up.

3. Your To-Do List Keeps Growing
Think about the major action items on your IT department’s to-do list. Does it include large projects that seem to stay there year after year? Are there ideas for technology implementation that would benefit students and educators in your district, but you can’t seem to get the ball rolling? If this sounds familiar, it’s time to consider supplementing your team and unloading the daily tasks so that you can start contributing to organizational objectives. If you always have more work than time, managed services could help your team reach the next level.

Take the Next Step
When DGI’s experts join your team, you’ll have more time and resources within your organization. They’ll take care of the daily tactical operations so that you and your team can focus on contributing to the organization’s core objectives through new projects and strategic initiatives.

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