Getting the facts straight
Thanks everyone - there is lots of good stuff in here. I agree that it isn't simply a hard cost thing but a question of demonstrating that we are getting value for money, which is a much harder concept than cheapest.
To answer "are we getting value for money?" we need to understand
- What we are getting
- What we value
- What we are using
- What it is costing us
- What the like for like alternatives cost
I am going to try and pull together a questionnaire of that will help us to determine the first 4. Many of your points and suggestions will feature in the questionnaire. I will let you know how I get on.
My observation for Broadband Consortia would be that in the strained economic times, schools are going to want to have more flexibility in the offering - so, if I don't want VC to day, I don't pay for it but if I want it tomorrow, I can add it as a module. If they won't offer this then school governors will do what I am doing and question the value for money. In that we are paying for more service than we need.