Interesting conversation today whilst looking at the development of ICT for an Academy. Like many, it is being taken over whilst in the existing schools (all through) but the obvious ICT audit is required to see what they already have in place. This will make sure that the vision for the school and how technology will move it forward is actually possible withthe existing and planned resources.
Common sense? I thought so too but it seems that a major failing that occurs is that although school may have the flashiest desktops and lots of laptops there are still a number of examples where the infrastructure and backend (cables, swithces, servers, power requirements, storage, backup systems) is underfunded … usually because senior manglement only invest at the desk.
Wouldn’t it be nice if when you planned your desktop expenditure you also put on a ‘backend’ overhead so that it is included in the costing or at least put to one side to allow for backend / infrastructure investment every other year or so.
I know it will vary from set up to set up and the technology used (eg thin client, MS based, Mac based, etc) but what figure would you stick on there? 2%, 5%, 10%, 15%? How did you get that figure?