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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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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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Fleet Management Drives Major Organizational Outcomes

Posted on May 9, 2018 7:24:00 AM

 

When we talk about district goals, such as increasing enrollment, boosting campus safety, or impacting student outcomes, we’re typically referring to initiatives that occur on campus. While the vast majority of projects do involve physical location, a newer technology operates outside the walls of the classroom that can affect real change in student success: fleet management systems.

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Does RFP Stand for Request for Problems?

Posted on May 2, 2018 7:34:00 AM

Albert Einstein's definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We contend that the definition of futility is understanding the definition of insanity but doing nothing about it, which perfectly encapsulates the current state of requests for proposal (RFPs). Organizations keep writing them the same way they’ve always been written, often not...

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Stop the Silos, Already!

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 8:30:00 AM

In trying to achieve an organization’s objectives, many issues stem from a lack of communication and cooperation. When you’re working toward achieving goals like student success (and many others), it’s imperative that everyone in the organization is rowing in the same direction. That’s why it’s so unfortunate that many educational institutions are operating in the opposite way: running...

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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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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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The Year of IT Relevancy

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 12:22:27 PM

It’s officially 2017. You’re probably hard at work gearing up for an amazing year that includes professional development, workplace initiatives, and zero deaths of childhood heroes (please!). But don’t forget to add one very important professional resolution to your list for 2017: IT Relevancy.

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What Prevents IT Relevancy?

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 4:49:23 PM

We’ve written before about why you should create a relevant IT team and how to become relevant to your organization. But we haven’t explored the roadblocks that prevent teams from actually achieving those goals.  There will be hurdles to overcome along the path to IT relevancy. Your team will reach its goal faster if you can anticipate those challenges and know what solution to pull out of...

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