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The Vital Pillars Every IT Solution Needs

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

In a recent article, we discussed the three major types of vendors that exist in the IT solution space. One of the biggest benefits of utilizing a partner is that they will strive to understand your business objectives first, then determine a solution that helps the organization achieve those objectives. Another significant benefit of working with a partner is that when they build that...

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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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The Campus Safety Conversations You Should be Having

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

This isn’t the easiest topic to discuss, but it seems that as soon as a tragedy occurs we all start having more serious conversations about safety precautions. While starting the conversation is paramount, the most important thing to consider is the type of conversation districts are having. Sometimes schools discuss budgetary restrictions or statistics of repeat incidents and lose sight of...

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Network Security Shouldn’t be a Science Experiment

Posted on May 23, 2018 7:20:00 AM

As previously discussed, the days of installing a firewall with antivirus and calling your network secure are long gone. Thanks to an influx of connected devices from numerous sources and an expanding list of network-dependent systems (hello, temperature control and sprinklers!), the likelihood of a network breach is much higher than ever (and also more difficult to detect).

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3 Surprising Areas You Might Be Overlooking in Network Security

Posted on May 16, 2018 11:30:00 AM

In days gone by, educational IT departments followed the antivirus + firewall = network security formula. Unfortunately, those days are over. Because of the advent of cloud technology and the increased utilization of your network for mission-critical applications, the network security architecture discussion is no longer optional. The conversation must happen, period.

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3 Signs That Your IT Department Isn’t Relevant

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

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.

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What You Never Want to Hear Your Vendor Say

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 7:35:00 AM

What’s one of the worst things you can hear your vendor say? We’ll give you a hint: It basically means “not my problem,” and when you hear it, you’re back to square one. You never want to hear your technology integrator say, “That’s another vendor’s issue.”

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Your Most Important Asset

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 7:40:00 AM

What’s your most important asset? We’ll give you a hint: It’s not any of your racks, hardware, or laptop carts. It’s not funding or processes or your authority. It’s not even your staff, although they are incredibly important for the success of your organization. The most important asset you have is time. It’s something that’s easily spent and something you can never get back. It’s something...

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What is IT Relevancy and Why Does it Matter to You?

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 4:35:41 PM

Trade two minutes of your time to learn what IT relevancy is and why it matters to you. Make 2018 the year that your IT department becomes a contributor to your organization's objectives.

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Outsourcing is NOT a Four-Letter Word in IT Departments

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 3:37:08 PM

If there’s one point we want to get across to IT departments, it’s this: the only reason for your existence is to serve the mission of your organization. That’s it. Regardless of whether you work for a church in Kansas or at Nike headquarters, the only reason you are in operation is to enable and contribute to your organization’s business objectives. Period. 

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