Do you actually believe they will be giving us the truth or just what we want to hear to get us on their side?
This is one of the issues with interviewing people. You can have the Jeremy Paxman style which is all antagonism, you can have the Parky style that draws out anecdotes and hidden secrets or you can have the Jimmy Young style and try and get balanced arguements based on fact.
Each is fantastic to watch or listen, but each gets different types of information depending on the interviewee.
From the question s that have been put forward so far I can pretty much say that I don't think any company trying to answer them would be able to put a positive spin on everything.
The fact that some companies actually *want* to talk to people is a starting point. We have been asking for information for some time and there is the chance that we can get it now ... and the cynics amongst us can always view it as ammunition about why the way *we* setup *our* network is actually best for the school ... at least that is what *I* have previously done ;-) (even if it did get ignored by the Head at the school I was at ... and once we were proved right and a different company came in he used our arguements to say 'thanks but no thanks', and fair play to him that he did.)
Ok, couple of more questions, don't think someone else has asked but apologies if you have (it's a long thread now).
Would there still be varying levels of technical support personnel - eg. network manager, senior technician? Or would all existing staff (regardless of current role) be given 'technician' status and all have the same responsibilities?
Also, how much control would onsite technical support have over the school network? For example, would we still be responsible for reinstalling/imaging workstations, managing accounts, setting up servers, managing backups? Or would we be simply there to reset password and changer printer toners as and when, with little or no access to the servers and network equipment?
Maybe someone should write to him firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the killing off of School ICT Managers and the Tescoing of the Schools ICT to massive companies.. thus wiping out smaller companies and the independence of the schools..
Should be a good stoory.. I have heard Head after Head say they want to keep their Managers but can't because they will lose the BSF funding..