In our Looking Ahead webinar last month, we took a brief look at highlights from 2015 and dove into what to expect for 2016, both in the industry and specifically with SchoolDude. Here are some of the highlights.
Cloud computing is ubiquitous
Ok, it’s official, cloud computing is here to stay. When we first started SchoolDude 15 years ago, we had to educate the market on the cloud…and there was a lot of skepticism. Today, the paradigm has completely shifted. Now everything is on the cloud. Cloud pioneers like Salesforce, SchoolDude, Google and Amazon are now joined by legacy companies like Microsoft and IBM in the cloud. Cloud computing is facilitating new and exciting innovations, integrations, and contributes to the proliferation of big data.
SchoolDude Pro Platforms
Pro platforms are streamlining SchoolDude solutions to help you leverage our expertise—and the knowledge of thousands of educational institutions like yours. We've learned that not only is it important to get work done with powerful and trusted solutions. To excel and drive continuous improvement, organizations needs to: collaborate with peers and share best practices, receive expert guidance from SchoolDude professionals that have worked with hundreds of institutions like yours, and measure the impact you're making on processes and communicate success.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
To some IoT may inspire ideas of the cartoon Jetson's home appliances and conveniences. Others feel that consumer adoption of IoT is still a far-fetched consumer fantasy. What’s not debated is the impact of smart devices and IoT. It’s been called the next Industrial Revolution — it will change the way all businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world. Business Insider projects there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.
The response to Dude Data Matters and the Dude Data Dashboard in 2015 has been overwhelming in many positive ways. We've heard numerous success stories of clients using Dude Data to put into context the work their teams do and justify more resources. The successes in this area seemed to have whet the appetite for even more data and different views. So in December of 2015, we launched an survey to collect key financial data so we can deliver a comprehensive study on staffing, budgeting, and operational metrics for educational operations. If you're organization has not participated yet, Dude Nation needs your help. The survey should take between 10-30 minutes, depending on the availability of your facilities data. Your responses will be de-identified and remain anonymous. As a thank you for taking the survey, you will receive a pre-release of the results. If you need time to gather some of the answers, you can access a PDF document of the questions here or directly from the online survey, and can then complete the survey at a later date.
Collaboration between Maintenance and IT
One of big trend we continue to see grow is increased collaboration between maintenance and IT teams, in particular when redesigning or configuring classrooms. When we asked the audience "What is the likelihood your school will consider redesigning classrooms in the near future?" 40% said very likely:
We know professional development is important to your institution and career. As the annual training and development conference for educational professionals, we want to make sure we are offering you new opportunities to learn and grow. We are excited to add the following new sessions to the 2016 SchoolDude University East agenda. These session are available at no additional cost to clients.
- Account Reviews
- BYOD Hands-on reporting workshop
- Birds of a feather, peer networking kickoff event
- Pro Platform sessions
- KPI workshop
- Professional Development and Leadership seminars
Register now to join us in Myrtle Beach, SC on March 19-23.
What are you looking forward to in 2016? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section of this blog and on our Dude Nation Community discussion board.