According to the Department for Education (DoE), IT in schools is increasingly being integrated to help enhance the student learning experience so the IT infrastructure, applications and services must be more reliable and secure than ever before. Furthermore, as technology advances, and the end users become more vocal, schools need to consider new ways to meet their needs.
Zombie virtual machines (VMs) are those that are no longer being used, but still reside on the system somewhere, sucking the life out of your virtual infrastructure. Deleting a VMware definition from vCenter doesn’t delete the VM itself, and with unused templates, abandoned images and outdated VM backup snapshots lying dormant in your storage, it’s possible that you don’t even know they’re there.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Continue reading
IT has a key role to play across all areas of your business; identifying areas for improvement, ways to optimise your operations, where to reduce costs and how support your business plan.
Traditionally, IT managers have had the huge task of supporting a number of different systems, which could involve monitoring lots of sporadic components, troubleshooting issues and searching for ways to save money.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Bradford Networks, an organisation that has been at the forefront of network security in the education sector since 2000, recently commissioned a survey of 500 institutions in the education sector to gauge attitudes towards bring your own device (BYOD). It may be great for enabling new ways of learning, teaching and collaborating, but BYOD presents a number of challenges for the IT department, with security remaining the number one concern.
Based on extensive experience developed from helping over 600 educational institutions, Bradford Networks recommends the following best practices when developing a BYOD solution: Continue reading
Laptops, tablets and smart phones are now commonplace in our daily lives. There’s a variety available on the market and everyone has a preference. Once upon a time these devices may have been used primarily for personal use, but now we expect to use them anywhere, in everything we do to make our lives easier. It’s this expectation that has driven the trend towards bring your own device (BYOD). Continue reading
Like businesses in the public and private sectors, schools have a number of stakeholders that they need to communicate with. Your website is essential to doing this effectively; it isn’t a ‘nice to have’, it’s crucial to enable you to keep your students, parents and staff up-to-date.
Leon Mitchell, a Graphic Designer in our sister company, Foundation SP, has designed some examples to give you an idea of what to think about when addressing your school website:
The holiday season is upon us. Whilst most people start to wind down ready for their exotic holidays, dreaming of soaking up the summer sun on golden sands with a cocktail in their hand, life at Foundation seems to get busier!
After months of recruiting, we finally found two great candidates for our Business Development Executive roles. Rob and Nick joined us fresh out of university and both have ambitions for great things. Their first few weeks have been quite intense, with a heavy training schedule to get them up-to-speed on Foundation IT, our customers, and the Dell portfolio. Both guys have fit into the team quickly and have a really important role to play at Foundation, helping to support our sales and marketing efforts. They’ll also be spending three days a week in Dell’s Demand Generation Team so it’ll help to further cement our great relationship with Dell.
Our team continues to grow. This month we’ve welcomed two new superstars to the practice. Andy McCartan joined our Manages Services team (though I’ve also discovered he’s a keen photographer so I’ve stolen him to help with some marketing initiatives!), and Patrick McGreevy joined as a new Project Manager. Both are already doing a fabulous job and are settling in well to the team.
Andy McCartan Patrick McGreevy
Recently I spent time talking to Brent Maytham, Senior Network Technician at Gumley House Convent School, about the work we’ve done for them, and he was kind enough to give us a wonderful testimonial:
“Foundation IT went above and beyond the call of duty…The relationship we’ve build with Foundation IT is so valuable to our school. Their support has been outstanding and I have enjoyed working with them, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to other organisations.”
It got me thinking, so many companies claim to go ‘above and beyond the call of duty’, but how many actually do? Continue reading
It really goes without saying that May has again been super busy at Foundation IT. With numerous on-going projects, and exciting new customers the practice has been ‘all hands to the pump’, especially since Dan, Adam, Toby, Martin, Lee and Ryan have all been off on their hols, and I’ve been away getting married!