The 4 Biggest Inventory Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making (And How To Fix Them)

You may be making major school inventory mistakes without even realizing it.

School inventory mistakes are often honest mistakes.

By Gena Blankenship

K-12 school districts have limited resources, leaving little funding and time for the countless administrative processes that seem to grow with every new state or federal legislative session. Taking inventory shortcuts is tempting, but can cost you time and money in the long run. These are the four most common school inventory mistakes I see districts make without even realizing it – and how to fix them. Continue reading “The 4 Biggest Inventory Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making (And How To Fix Them)”

3 Secrets to Success from an Inventory Champion

By Greg Wright

When your district invests in an inventory system, the success of your technology adoption depends mainly on its users. Staff must use the system regularly for the system’s data to be accurate and provide value. We recommend that school districts have an inventory “champion” who continually encourages and educates staff to use the system effectively.

Greg Wright, Instructional Materials Coordinator at Leander ISD, has spent 12 years coordinating textbooks and instructional materials for 38,000 students at 42 campuses. During that time, he has championed the use of TIPWeb-IM to more effectively and efficiently manage the use and purchase of instructional materials.

We’ve invited Greg to write a guest blog post to share how a “champion” can motivate staff to effectively use an inventory system:

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Meet the Hayes Team: Debbie Disler

By Jordan Grulkedebbie staff profile

Debbie Disler is one of the many exemplary leaders at Hayes Software Systems. Prior to working at Hayes, Debbie worked at Leander ISD (TX) as an Instructional Materials Coordinator, using Hayes’s TIPWeb-IM textbook management system to track her inventory. Continue reading “Meet the Hayes Team: Debbie Disler”

Simplify Your Tech Refresh Plan Using Your Asset Management System

An asset management system is a powerful tool with the exact data you need to plan your tech refresh.

By Morgane Le Marchand

Using TIPWeb-IT to plan for tech refresh cycles

The use of technology in K-12 education brings unique challenges to school districts who must protect their investments and ensure that technology remains operational. Due to the significant investment in technology and the long-term budgeting cycle, it’s crucial that school districts plan for future tech refresh cycles; your asset management system is a powerful tool to help you do so.

We’ve asked Jason Genovese, Director of IT Operations, Assets and Budget at Garland ISD, to share three key tactics he uses to plan for tech refreshes using the TIPWeb-IT asset management system. With 57,000 students across 72 campuses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, Garland ISD is the 70th largest district in the US. Jason tracks over 140,000 assets and is constantly planning and budgeting for their life cycle and replacement.

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3 Strategies to Make Inventory Management a Daily Habit for Your Staff

By Morgane Le Marchand

Daily Habit Calendar

Nick DePauw, Director of Information Technology at Patterson School District in northern California, knows the challenges of keeping inventory data clean. With 8 campuses, 3 district sites, and over 6,200 students, DePauw oversees over 14,000 assets in the district. In this guest blog post, he shares his tips for motivating district and campus staff to execute daily inventory management strategies in pursuit of clean data.

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Standardize Inventory for Implementation Success

Standardize Inventory for Implementation SuccessStandardize inventory data and increase the chance your software implementation will succeed.

By Morgane Le Marchand

Successfully implementing an asset management system isn’t just about software. You need defined processes in place to make sure that your new system delivers strong ROI. Before you even begin inputting inventory data into the system, it’s important to invest time planning how you’ll standardize inventory procedures and staff responsibilities. Why? We’ve asked Joseph Jacks, Chief Technology Officer at Tyler ISD in Texas to share the lessons he learned about the importance of standardizing data and processes.

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4 Reasons Your Homegrown Inventory Management System Will Fail

Your homegrown inventory management system isn’t a sustainable solution.

By Emily Frazier

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.

Many districts today are recognizing the headaches associated with maintaining their homegrown inventory management system are too great to manage. Instead, they’re opting for a third-party vendor developed and supported application. The result is greater transparency, increased efficiencies, and cost savings.

Here are four reasons to evaluate the value of your homegrown inventory management system:

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Think You Know What IT Asset Management is? Think Again.

By Kelly Jones


To understand what IT Asset Management (ITAM) is, you need to understand what ITAM isn’t…

Many school districts think they have an asset management system in place because they have one or many of the following:

  • Fixed Asset Systems: Financial professionals within a school district will most likely prefer a fixed asset system as the system of record since it relates to accounting practices. Unfortunately, the system only records acquisitions and disposal costs, not any information pertinent to campus staff, like where the asset is located and whether it’s available for use.
  • A Discovery Tool: Many school districts have a system that can discover physical assets and therefore believe they have an asset management system. The truth is, asset discovery is only a small portion of what constitutes ITAM. It isn’t just discovery, but also the tracking of the physical, financial, and contractual information and its changes throughout the asset’s entire lifecycle.
  • Asset Spreadsheets: Asset spreadsheets are utilized by many school districts. They allow a district to track assets and get some transparency into budgeting, but because the spreadsheets are created and maintained by each individual campus, there is a lack of process and standardization in formatting and naming conventions for the fields being tracked. This makes it virtually impossible to get a holistic, district view of assets in a consistent format, resulting in increased audit response times and inaccurate inventory data.

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5 Tips to Protect Your Inventory Management Program from the Summer Slide

By Adam RosenfieldiPad summer

You spent the year working toward tracking and managing your inventory more efficiently. You saw where changes in your policies and procedures have worked, audits were conducted on time, and loss rates are decreasing. But if you don’t pay attention to your inventory during the summer, all of the progress you made during the year could be lost.

Researchers have coined a term called the “summer slide” that describes the tendency for students to lose the achievement gains they made during the year if they don’t continue to stay engaged in stimulating educational activity. And it can happen to your inventory management program too if you don’t keep up your positive momentum throughout the season.

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Make Your Life Easier as an Inventory Manager [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Sara Arthrell

In recent years, the influx of technology devices and instructional materials into school districts has changed the roles and responsibilities of an inventory manager. Effectively managing an accurate inventory presents its own set of unique challenges as schools strategize how to buy more with less time, money, and resources.

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