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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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A Difficult Conversation About Campus Safety

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, the definition of futility is knowing the definition of insanity and doing nothing about it. We want to apply that concept to a serious topic that’s weighing on a lot of minds today: campus safety. 

For the sake of being open, this is...

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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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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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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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The Surprising Key to Campus Safety

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 7:26:19 AM

 

As we’ve mentioned, when we discuss campus safety with district leadership, we frequently hear about the list of technology that has been purchased and installed. One key to campus safety that’s not typically categorized as a safety measure but which significantly contributes to the security of your students, faculty, and organization as a whole is the expanding technology involving network...

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