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IT’s Role in Optimizing Average Daily Attendance

Posted on Dec 12, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve been discussing the new game of average daily attendance (ADA) in California and the equation for maximizing your ADA. You might be wondering why a technology integrator is discussing this topic. How do we know this stuff, and why do we care? Over the last decade, we’ve helped hundreds of districts leverage technology to solve issues that may not seem technology related. One of our...

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A Real Example of a Frustrated 21st Century Parent

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’re almost two decades into the 21st century, so let’s not act surprised that the parents of today’s students are not the same parents schools were working with 25 years ago. The technology that was once impressive and slightly out of reach for most educational institutions is in the pockets of most students attending school today. So why are we ignoring the fact that their parents are going...

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Who is the Real IT Customer?

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 7:20:00 AM

The way we purchase technology solutions is broken. Even the term "technology solution" doesn’t apply to the vast majority of modern IT projects. Typically, we’re working from an RFP that includes a list of stuff (that isn't tied to any success criteria) with the final decision(s) based almost entirely on price. The list of stuff is purchased, it's delivered, it's installed, and that’s the end...

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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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Get Your Show on the Road: How to Operationalize IT Relevancy

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 7:20:00 AM

If you want optimized budgets, fewer surprise projects, and support across departments, your organization needs IT relevancy. The truth is that this process can be challenging, but we at DGI have helped so many organizations take steps toward this outcome that we’ve actually identified the four steps necessary to transition your IT department from being viewed as a black hole cost center to...

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DGI Rocks Inc. 5000 for Fourth Year

Posted on Aug 16, 2018 7:10:00 AM

For the fourth time in five years, Development Group, Inc. (DGI) has earned a position on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This year DGI ranks 3658. Of the seven million private companies striving for economic success, only a fraction have demonstrated such consistently high growth. The DGI team is proud to be in such exclusive company.

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