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How BIG is Your Inventory Responsibility? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Find your district’s total inventory value below to understand the scale of your inventory responsibility.

School districts own and support more inventory than ever. With that comes a large responsibility to track, manage, and audit your inventory to ensure you’re being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Find your district’s inventory value below to understand how large that responsibility is.

Inventory management tools can ease the burden of this responsibility by making processes easier and more efficient. Talk with one of our experts today to learn how Hayes can help. Continue reading “How BIG is Your Inventory Responsibility? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

The 3 Types of Inventory Audits That Will Boost Your Data Accuracy

Performing these 3 types of inventory audits throughout the year will improve your data accuracy and usability.

The 3 Types of Inventory Audits that will Boost your Data Accuracy

By Gena Blankenship

School districts need to know where their assets are at all times, and a reliable inventory tracking system is the first step to having great data at your fingertips. The next step…audits! One of the best ways to boost the accuracy of your inventory data is to complete these three types of inventory audits throughout the year.

1. Real-Time Audits

  • Completed on a regular schedule
  • Completed at random locations
  • Take less than 20 minutes to complete

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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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EDGAR: What You Need to Know

By Jessica ZaleskiEDGAR what to know

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 federal funds are spent as intended. It’s coming up on the radar of many districts and staying compliant may add to the responsibilities of your technology team.  With that in mind, we’ve put together some information to ensure your district is ahead of the game when it comes to EDGAR. For more complete information on EDGAR, visit this page on the Department of Education’s website. Continue reading “EDGAR: What You Need to Know”

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

By Anna Maxin

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. Continue reading “Gain Financial Buy-In for 1:1 Initiative Infrastructural Investments”