According to EduGeek, an educational ICT forum, an average secondary school has 12 servers and this can be quite costly. A server will cost approximately £3k, plus electricity and maintenance costs, it takes up space and needs replacing every few years.
“Who’s idea was this?” was almost certainly going through both our minds at 05.30am, as myself and Paul Bevis from Foundation SP were getting organised on a pavement somewhere in East London, marked as one of the official drop off locations for the RideLondon100 event we were taking part in. Mother Nature was being extremely kind to us and the other 18,000 people also mad enough to get up at silly o’clock on a Sunday, as the sky was blue and the temperature was very pleasant – the more I woke up, the more I thought we were in for a good day.
We knew it was going to be a good day as the sunshine poured in through the windows as we listened to the safety briefing, and were given a rundown of the cars we’d be driving during the day. Foundation IT had the pleasure of taking one of our key clients to the Palmersport experience at the Bedford Autodrome, and there was definitely a competitive atmosphere developing. Several of us had done the day before and so had high expectations of our own abilities (well, we just didn’t want to be slower than the previous time there or we’d be ridiculed), whilst others were track day virgins and exhibited signs (thankfully not smells) of nervousness.
We have been lucky enough to meet with a number of Dell’s most senior people during the last six months, including Marius Haas, Brian Humphries, Tarkan Maner, Laurent Binnetti, Bill O’Shea and many others. We were always hoping that a meeting with the man himself would happen, and somewhat ahead of schedule I had the pleasure of dinner with Michael Dell last week.
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!
In 1999 Michael Dell wrote his book “Direct from Dell”. He was 34 and one of the most recognised people on the planet. Back then Dell was just 15 years old, in May 2014 Dell will be 30 and I suggest that Michael Dell’s second book should be entitled “Indirect from Dell.”
The Dell story is certainly based on the “American dream”; an idea that started in Michael Dell’s university dorm grew to become a global multi-billion dollar business. Then it runs into challenges, (which global player hasn’t?) and then 6 years ago Dell decided to build a channel business. That’s not part of the “Direct from Dell” story, how Dell must have agonised over that decision, it is a dramatic change in direction and in a sense strikes a blow to the very reason so many people loved Dell.
April has been fabulous for lots of reasons. As ever, the practice has been super busy. So much so that Lee worked an incredible 18 consecutive days to ensure we met the needs of our customers. For his dedication he was presented with an outstanding achievement award. Congratulations Lee, you are amazing!!
Wow!! What a venue. Coming up the drive of the Penny Hill Park Hotel I wondered whether I came come to the right place. With its exquisite buildings, lush gardens and roaring fireplaces, it really was a spectacular venue.
This was my first Dell Marketing Advisory Conference so I wasn’t sure what to expect. And walking into a room of unfamiliar faces was a bit daunting. However, I was immediately greeted by a friendly face as Lynda Brown registered me for the conference and directed me towards a much needed brew!