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BSF Thread, BSF Presentation today in United Kingdom (UK) Specific Forums; We have 20 802.11n points to go out 5 have gone out so far just waiting on the electricians to ...
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    We have 20 802.11n points to go out 5 have gone out so far just waiting on the electricians to put the rest out. The ones we have seem pretty good, we decided to do away with all our old ones (we only had about 3 before anyway) and have a school wide solution.

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    i went to see an academy school to see what they were going to do with the their IT as they had loads of money and then tried to convince them not to go out and get a third party in like RM and to get a decent team in and have them install it. BSF still won't work without a decent IT Support team.

    If the team build the network all themselves they can support it better than anyone else.

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    could anyone scan the article for me and email me it - i would be interested in reading it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apearce View Post
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    If the team build the network all themselves they can support it better than anyone else.
    Yes and if RM, Redstone, Northgate.. etc build thier own network then they support it better than anyone
    ;-)

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    bonus!
    just found out from people who were in the afternoon session that they showed plans of the new school and
    a) we dont have an office anymore (not surprisingly, we expected that)
    b) the server room will now be an external ex cleaners cupboard that faces a field. so expect break ins a plenty!

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    a) Where are you supposed to work then? Oh, that's right, there is no in-house support!

    b) Wonderful idea! I often wondered why so many schools do it wrong and have a server room actually in the school building

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    Always confused about this IT techs donít have an office. Where does software, spare parts, ink all get stored? Among everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pottsey View Post
    Always confused about this IT techs donít have an office. Where does software, spare parts, ink all get stored? Among everything else.
    Why would we need an actual office? Software will all probably be dealt with remotely and pushed out to clients here. Spare parts aren't needed as all machines are on 3yr warranty so will be fixed by manufacturer. Ink and toner can probably sit in same room as the servers.
    You wont need a PC to work on as you probably won't have network admin access. All you'll really need is a phone to be contactable by the remote helpdesk and that's about it.

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    I would imagine they will want technicians to record every microsecond spent so that they can bill the school for any 'extras'. I suppose they could issue everyone with a 'personal communicator' of some flavour (Blackberry?) so you can log & receive requests on the move, that way you would never need to sit down

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    Why would we need an actual office? Software will all probably be dealt with remotely and pushed out to clients here. Spare parts aren't needed as all machines are on 3yr warranty so will be fixed by manufacturer. Ink and toner can probably sit in same room as the servers.
    You wont need a PC to work on as you probably won't have network admin access. All you'll really need is a phone to be contactable by the remote helpdesk and that's about it.
    But this is not Future Proofing as one of the main BSF conditions is "Future Proofing".. what happens in 5 years if the ICT comes back in-hiuse ?

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    What about software that needs the CD to run? Software that cannot be pushed out to clients via MSI? Clearly we don’t need spare mice, blank CD’s, DVD’s, microphones e.c.t

    I dread the day they force out service pack 3. We still have 4 machines without service pack 1 as the new French software we use doesn’t work with the service packs. I bet they will want to get rid of the last two Acorns as well, even though they are perfect for the job.

    Its crazy the ICT conference last week was talking about the way forward is IT techs and pushing innovation. Yet BFS is taking away IT techs and innovation. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, springs to mind.

    EDIT: In BFS who runs the school website and manages the internet Filtering and email? What about display TV's around the building?
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    Future proofing usually means paying a premium today for something you might need tomorrow but by the time it arrives (if ever) it has changed and doesn't work with whatever you bought originally!

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    Future proofing is a buzzword that should be avoided.

    Instead, please feel free to use the phrase capacity management and projected capacity. Apply this to both staff, resources and space.

    Please update your buzzword bingo playing card to include the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Please update your buzzword bingo playing card to include the above.
    Can't - its full!!

    Butuz

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