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IT Systems Management Efficiency for Educational Institutions

In these uncertain economic times, universities and K-12 school districts are looking to control costs wherever possible. Decision makers are looking at all expenditures to see where to cut costs and install greater IT systems management efficiencies.

In a November 2010 survey conducted by Gartner, the research company predicts that between today and the end of 2015, “50% of higher education CIOs will lose their jobs for failing to balance customer efficiency with organizational efficiency.” What does that mean? It means that the students, teachers and administrators are deploying increasingly sophisticated and ubiquitous technologies – from notebooks to tablets to smart phones and beyond – while those responsible for IT systems management in universities, colleges and K-12 schools try to keep up.

Automation for educational IT departments

Managing Systems Management in the IT Infrastructure

Managing the IT infrastructure for educational institutions can be a thankless job. People just don’t understand the expertise, time and patience required. Systems are often spread over a large geographic area. Users have varying levels of computing needs and experience. IT professionals for educational institutions need to perform a balancing act by providing for the needs of users, managing a complex IT infrastructure and staying within budget.

IT infrastructure is growing increasingly complex as technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing continue to enhance education networks. These systems management solutions can help facilitate greater collaboration and learning, but require more attention from administrators than traditional architecture. Unfortunately, many education IT professionals rely on a ‘siloed’ strategy, deploying multiple point products that manage each network or layer separately.

Managing IT infrastructure doesn’t have to be thankless. Nor does it have to be difficult and overly time consuming. IT systems management automation allows you to manage your assets more efficiently, helping you improve productivity and raise your reputation within your educational environment.

The systems management solutions for these issues are found in strategic investment in technologies that can boost efficiency, save money mid and long term and make IT an integral part of a school district’s or university’s processes and objectives.  By automating key tasks, IT professionals can experience cost reduction, decreased downtime, improved value and the power to strategically align objectives with organizational goals.

IT systems management automation can:

  • Eliminate the daily strain from your IT service delivery
  • Automate your daily IT tasks and manage devices in multiple locations
  • Efficiently manage hundreds of systems through one interface
  • Increase the security of your IT environment
  • Minimize the challenges of maintaining compliance by automating IT tasks

In order to address the goals and needs of administrators, educators, students and school districts, IT professionals must have the most effective solutions in place. Remote IT systems management does seem to be the best approach, but exactly how does it work? We’ll delve deeper into how systems management automation can help IT professionals for educational institutions in subsequent blog posts.

Learn how educational institutions are using Kaseya to deliver safe and efficient IT systems management. View our education case studies here.

Tips for Managing Distributed IT Systems in Schools

Education IT leaders are still talking about the challenges of managing PCs and servers – especially the escalating costs and shrinking service levels – but is there a better way to do it in your school district?  Jump to the head of the class with thisFREE report from Kaseya and learn:

  • How to use remote control techniques to assess/repair IT systems
  • How to manage tickets efficiently and effectively
  • Special tips for managing patches
  • Special tips for end users (to self-manage their PCs)
  • Bonus tips for managing domain configurations

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Calling All Education IT Leaders!

If you’re doing IT for K-12 school systems, in the public or private sector, please participate in our Second Annual Automation’s Role in K-12 Schools Survey. We value the insights of IT leaders like you and are always looks for fresh voices.

We recognize that your time is at a premium, but the survey will only take about two minutes to complete and your opinions are very important to us.

When we’re done conducting the survey we will send you the survey results free of charge and in advance of their public release so you can be the first to know what your peers are thinking.

Click here for the survey.

To be included, please complete the survey before Wednesday, March 2.

Thank you for helping us with our research. Your response is important to us.  Please feel free to share this survey link with your education IT colleagues.

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