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4 Reasons Your Homegrown Inventory Management System Will Fail

Published by Emily Frazier at August 15, 2017 | Categories: Infographic

You’ve put a lot of time and effort into your homegrown inventory management system. You built it because your district didn’t find existing software that met your unique needs. However, while the advantages of a custom-designed system can be alluring at first, the risks and costs over time exceed the initial benefits.

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EDGAR: What You Need to Know

Published by Jessica Zaleski at March 3, 2016 | Categories: IT Asset Management

There are a lot of rules to remember when it comes to EDGAR (Education Department General Administrative Regulations), and you particularly care about the how this impacts inventory and technology. With that in mind, we’ve put together some information to ensure your district is ahead of the game when it comes to EDGAR.

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How to Assemble a Super Inventory Management Team [WORKSHEET]

Published by Jessica Zaleski at August 31, 2015 | Categories: IT Asset Management

Your software solution is only as effective as your internal implementation plan for your district to fully benefit from the technology. Setting the stage for success starts with ensuring new policies and procedures to achieve your future goals become a part of your district’s culture. One of the most important parts of this process is assigning roles and responsibilities to employees in your district who contribute to inventory control.

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Gain Financial Buy-In for 1:1 Initiative Infrastructural Investments

Published by Anna Maxin at December 13, 2013 | Categories: 1:1 Initiatives

The curriculum leadership in your district is pushing to integrate mobile, high-tech learning devices into the classroom, throwing phrases like “1:1”, “BYOD”, and “Connected Learning” around loosely.  The fact is, it falls on you, the Director of Technology, to get it all done, and more often than not the entire success or failure of the initiative can ride on your shoulders.

Here is the problem.  There are many infrastructural items needed to correctly facilitate the curriculum’s vision, yet the person approving the budget, your CFO, only sees them as added costs. You need to prove that the added infrastructure will mitigate the financial, security, and PR risks for your new 1:1 initiative, ensuring that students and teachers are held accountable for each device, are adhering to usage policies, and that the district won’t spend more money than necessary replacing devices.

If you build the discussion with your CFO correctly, by talking in his terms, you should have a compelling business case to get the budget for what is necessary.  As T.H.E. Journal wrote in March, you need to make the CFO your BFF...

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