Technology Directors at districts and campuses are responsible for countless items – help desk tickets, managing the network, and even facilities software that the Maintenance department uses. Last month, we focused on one of these responsibilities – IT asset management. On March 25, a SchoolDude technology expert, along with the Technology Director from Middletown Public Schools, hosted the webinar, Today’s Trends in IT Asset Management, providing peer guidance and best practices.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks for tips and next steps to automate your asset management process. Today, we will share the trends in school technology that were discussed on the webinar. These results are based on a survey conducted last year of IT Directors and technicians from schools across the country.
What are the trends?
- 36% of IT Directors, managers and technicians surveyed require technicians or contractors to spend several days each year conducting manual audits of IT assets
This tells us that A LOT of technician time and productivity is lost. Technicians spend up to a week simply identifying and confirming the status and location of their institution’s assets. This time could be better spent helping customers with technology issues and proactively identifying problems.
- 71% report it’s difficult to plan hardware replacement and/or upgrade programs
A large majority of survey respondents are having trouble properly budgeting and planning to know what assets will need to be replaced or repaired in the next 5 years.
- 80% report they have assets sometimes disappear
With such a high number of IT Departments seeing assets go missing, it raises the question - Are 1:1 programs sustainable for the school and its budget?
- 89% report concerns about software license compliance
How can IT departments add money back to their budget by better monitoring software license agreements?
- 74% of respondents encounter problems with unauthorized software installed on machines
We hear from institutions of all sizes, including stories from our bi-annual professional development conference, SchoolDude University, that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives hugely impact unauthorized software installs and viruses on the network.
These trends from your peers reveal a lot about what keeps Technology Directors up at night when it comes to proper asset management.
Check back next week for more on how a streamlined asset management process can address the challenges mentioned above and how Middletown Public Schools’ Technology Director solved his challenges! Visit this page to watch the webinar recording now.