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    What can we spend money on???

    We are currently all sat in the office working on the dev plan for the next 3years. i currently am writing a document listing what we want to buy/lease. currently have:
    • replace laptops,
    • managed wireless,
    • another laptop trolley (dont say a word!)
    • additional stations (new build)
    • Additional server possibility (due to load of new stations/laptops)
    • new rack cabs for server room,
    • more digi visualisers,

    at this point my brain stops, well i know by three months after the dev plan has being approved we will think of really cool things, but we need to know now.

    so then wonderful edu geeks if you were me what would you be buying???

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    Lazy Boy chairs for your office! Any a 60" Plasma for the office!

    These are a must!

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    SAN, rolling replacement of switching gear, network backbone upgrades, network cable replacment if some of your cable old cat5 and you want gig to the station, additional managment/backup software required by upgrades to new OS and changing requirements

    are just a few things that you may want or need to consider.

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    digital signage
    terminal server or some way of staff accessing from home
    bank of netbooks for student use outside of class
    upgrade internet line (if possible)
    desktops for all rooms with interactive whiteboards (again if poss)

    just ideas off the top of my head that may/may not apply to your school

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    You've really got to think about projectors too. Are they going to be any good in 3 years? What is the bulb replacement availability going to be? Nothing worse then finding no one stocks the bulbs anymore, especially when it hasn't been budgeted for. (wasn't my fault )

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    VLE.

    Video Conferencing.

    Video Cameras, Video Editing software with more storage.

    Network Monitoring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    What can we spend money on?
    Hmm. Tricky question. You need an expert to advise you - I'm available for very reasonable consultancy fees...

    Seriously, I'd say "hardware", in general - don't pay for software, you can get that for free. Spend money on actual stuff that people can actually use.

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    I'm going to have to agree with danrhodes for the 60" plasma.... Its for monitoring "server and network stats" of course.... oh and help desk notifications.

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    we already have a projector replacement, actually looking at some i can manage wirelessly!

    idea of some hot swap switch gear is good...didnt occour to me (even tho we had two go down at the end of summer...al that hard work get things done then power cut). suppose getting ups' for the switch gear will be good too!

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    Things that make the room sparkle a cure OCD......laptop drawers

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