Continuity of Service before/during BSF
Just threw a huge spanner in the works with our BSF plans seeing as noone had noticed the gaping hole in their rebuild ideas.
Main Internet connection comes into site A, main network currently routes from site A to site B (200 yards away) to connect the two sites. Link to site A is critical to keep connection to Internet and LEA for teaching and learning, purchasing through county, SIMS, yadda yadda yadda....
BSF Build plans:
Site A is having a new building slapped on the side when BSF build starts.
Site A staff and pupils then move into new building on Site A, freeing up Site A.
Network is not connected to existing network as new infrastructure about to be built in Site A.
Site A is gutted and renovated, new network infrastructure installed and server room moved.
Site B staff and pupils move into renovated site A and the new site A is switched on with managed service.
Site B is demolished.
"So... what happens in the 18 month gap of renovation where you turn the network off to the school, don't have a network running in your new building and are still teaching?" says I to the SMT and the BSF team that were in.
"Uh... er..... we hadn't thought of that... oh... that might affect the other schools who are doing the same in the LEA"
"yes.. I should imagine it would. I should imagine you want to put a continuity of service clause and penalty in any contracts you're negotiating!"
I'm out of here (as probably are the rest of my team) before managed service kicks in...(my contract is a fixed 2 year one which runs out about 9 months before the managed service is due to kick in) so we'll not have anyone in here potentially who will be able to link systems or sort problems.
Then.. it gets better...
"What happens 5 years down the line?" says I
"What do you mean?" says SMT & BSF guys...
"Well.. your contracts with managed services seem to be a 5 year fixed and you're talking about infrastructure bits in with that. So.. in 5 years, you're potentially in the position where you A> don't have any staff in the building who look after your IT infrastructure or know how it runs and B> don't actually have any infrastructure to run on a day to day basis"
"....er... well... oh... we hadn't thought of that...."
"For someone who is PAID to THINK about these things.. don't you THINK it's about time you ACTUALLY DID!?!?!?!?"
Why is it that the people who are in charge of the whole process who were put in charge because they were supposed to THINK things through and CONTINUE to keep education running are doing their hardest to STOP the teaching and learning process!?!?!?