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… Read More

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

By Adam Rosenfield 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… Read More

The Dangers of a Homegrown Inventory Management System at Your School District

By Adam Rosenfield 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 replacing their homegrown… Read More

Measuring Inventory Management Effectiveness: 5 Metrics You Need to Track

By Sara Arthrell With the influx of technology at your campuses each year, it’s crucial to measure how effective your processes are for managing these devices rather than just assuming your policies are working. Each decision you make should be informed by data, and the result of these efforts should be cataloged for future reference. When managing an asset inventory… Read More

What Your District Needs to Know About Property Insurance

By Adam Rosenfield Are you prepared if a major disaster hits your school district? Your district is full of valuables within the walls of each building, millions of dollars’ worth of assets and materials. So if a disaster strikes, knowing exactly what you have could save your district a lot of money. The first thing you’ll need to do if… Read More

EDGAR: What You Need to Know

By Jessica Zaleski There are a lot of rules to remember when it comes to EDGAR (Education Department General Administrative Regulations), and you particularly care about how this impacts inventory and technology. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released new regulations in December of 2014 that affected EDGAR. In short, EDGAR is a structure that is used to ensure… Read More

6 Inventory System Integration Trends You Need to Know About – Part Two: Systems Management Software

By Jessica Zaleski In part two of our six-part series on inventory system integration trends, we will discuss ways your systems management and inventory management software can be valuable complements to each other by helping reduce manual data entry and increase information transparency of laptops, tablets, desktops, and smartphones. Others systems we’ll be addressing in our series include purchasing, fixed… Read More

5 Inventory Management Implementation Tips Straight From Tyler ISD’s Instructional Technology Specialist

By Jessica Zaleski An effective inventory management system can automate processes and result in more accurate data, improved staff satisfaction, and more efficient buying. Getting to that place is dependent on having clean data and coordinated processes, which can be difficult with legacy systems and piecemeal procedures. The key to success is effectively making the move from those antiquated tracking… Read More

6 Inventory System Integration Trends You Need to Know About – Part One: Help Desk

By Jessica Zaleski Welcome to part one of a six part series about inventory system integration trends! There are opportunities to increase the accuracy of inventory information accessible by district- and school-level staff simply by interfacing systems like your purchasing, fixed asset, systems management, help desk, cash management, and network management that may all hold valuable asset data. In this installment, we'll… Read More

Quick Guide to E-Rate 2.0 Compliance for Schools

By Jessica Zaleski E-Rate 2.0 is here, and there are some important changes that might help you and your district provide broadband connectivity to your students and increase the reach of digital learning in your classrooms. For those of you not familiar, let’s begin with a quick overview of what E-Rate is. Then we’ll dive into some of the details about… Read More