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Lessons from 100 Blogs

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 7:21:18 AM

Can you believe it? This is our 100th blog! That’s about 50,000 words over two years and countless cups of coffee. We thought we’d celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing some of the important things we’ve learned through the process of writing 100 blogs aimed at helping you on your own IT journey.

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How to Use “No” to Your Advantage in Technology Solutions

Posted on Sep 26, 2018 7:20:00 AM

No one likes rejection. The circumstances don’t matter that much—hearing the word “no” is generally unpleasant for everyone. As technology professionals, we’ve all been in situations where we’ve made recommendations to key leadership and had those recommendations declined. In an ideal world, your solution was mapped to business objectives using the six-step proven process, kept the three...

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Why Compromising on Technology Solutions Doesn’t Work

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 7:20:00 AM

“A good compromise leaves everybody mad.”– Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

When it comes to implementing technology in the classroom, many roadblocks can appear throughout the process, and most districts turn to some form of compromise to overcome the challenges. While this might seem a better option than doing nothing, in many cases, it’s ineffective or even worse. 

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Everything's encrypted. Now what?

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 7:20:00 AM

Here's a fun fact: Educational organizations have some of the harshest network conditions in the industry. They have:

  • Increasing mobile devices pounding the network incessantly
  • The most stringent content filtering requirements paired with lofty network performance standards
  • Multiple mission-critical applications, many of which reside in the cloud
  • A physical security posture that is...
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Where the Heck’s Your Tech...Plan?

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 7:53:17 AM

We’re not here to give you platitudes about the power of goals, strategies, and planning. We will say this, however: if you don’t have a plan for your IT department, you will be working solely on a tactical level. If you’re constantly moving from trouble ticket to trouble ticket, you will never be seen as a relevant contributor to organizational outcomes or goals. Here are three of the...

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We Need a Better Definition of Campus Safety Now

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve run out of time. The alarm has gone off repeatedly, we’ve hit snooze enough, and it’s time to establish the ultimate definition of campus safety. Now. We’ve discussed this before, but it bears repeating: it’s time for us to start having the right conversation about campus safety, and a huge part of that conversation is arriving at a consensus that will enable everyone to move forward and...

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Let Us Tell Your IT Department’s Fortune

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 7:20:00 AM

You might not believe that Tarot cards, crystal balls, or tea leaves will give you a glimpse into the coming months or years, but we’re here to tell you what the future holds for your IT department. It’s not based on magic or spiritual beliefs or mystical communication. We base our predictions on the hundreds of organizations (and even more IT specialists) we’ve worked with over the last...

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The IT Relevancy Diet

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 7:20:00 AM

According to The Washington Post, 4.5 million Americans diet annually. If you’re one of those health seekers, you’ve experienced the trials that accompany a major lifestyle change. More than likely you’re familiar with changing something about your diet at some point in your life. Have you ever thought about going on an IT relevancy diet? You might be wondering how you would even know that...

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The Curious Case of Interactive Whiteboards: What Can We Learn?

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 7:20:00 AM
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What Type of School Technology Vendor Do You Need?

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 7:20:00 AM

One incredibly important rule: Not all technology vendors are created equal. Many of the issues that stem from IT projects (which arguably don’t actually exist) occur because a school district hires the wrong type of vendor for the results they want to achieve. This misalignment between project objectives and vendor capabilities is incredibly costly and frustrating for everyone involved....

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