We all know it. Managed is beter than seat-of-our-pants IT. Unplanned, reactive IT is inefficient and costly. Imagine a school without an administrator or principal. Total Chaos! no planning, no budgeting, no quality control, no direction!
Having said all that. IT is expensive! In order to be effective, you need several experts at different technologies and disciplines
- You need a Network expert who can make sure you comply with strict State and District rules like CIPA. You need an expert than can get you connected to the internet at all times.
- You need a Desktop expert than can correct those annoying errors on your screens, connect printers or simply help you with routine tasks like virus prevention and removal.
- You need a Google, Microsoft office suite expert! Excel not loading? Google drive not synching? you know what Im talking about.
- You need someone who understands IT budgets, Prop 39 protocol, software selection and deployment and much more!
Unless you have 10,000+ students, building a team like this might be impossible. Even then, it would just be inefficient budget-wise.