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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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Why Campus Safety Technology Doesn’t Equal Campus Safety

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 7:32:00 AM

What does campus safety mean to you? For many districts, “campus safety” can be traced back to a list of disparate technologies. In actuality, it should be thought of as a philosophy or an ecosystem that requires input and collaboration from all corners of the organization. The challenge is that the former (simply ordering and installing equipment) is fairly straightforward, while the latter...

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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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Four Things to Look for in an Access Control System

Posted on May 18, 2017 1:04:18 PM

If you’re looking for a new access control system (ACS), STOP. Do not collect $200 and do not pass go until you’ve read this article. This is a complicated area and, while incredibly important, it involves many moving parts plus the buy-in from leadership across many departments from IT to facilities to administration. Don’t invest your time, energy, and money in ACS until you’re 100% sure you...

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