What I meant by business was any other business not associated with education.Quote:
Originally Posted by monkeyx
I know ranger does sap network resources, but there are several things the package does which are bloody useful. If I could find other programs that would let me do that same, then I would probably use them, but as of yet, nothing else has come to light.
Yes there is a skills shortage in schools, mainly because most are reluctant to pay a decent salery, and even more reluctant to train their support staff fearing as soon as they're trained, they'lll bugger off somewhere else. Quoting the fact that teachers used to manage network was me trying to get across my opinion as to WHY we now have these companies offering these sorts of packages exclusively to schools. Now teachers aren't involved in the management of the network, I suspect the market place for such packages is falling rapidly.
Agree, using these products could limit your ability to learn standard OS features while carrying out your job, but if like me you are interested in doing this, you would take the time and trouble to learn these skills regardless. It depends whether you look on your role in the school as a job or a career. e.g One friend of mine is network manager at a school, but is not interested in a career in ICT, therefore has no interest in learning all the technicalities involved behind the scenes. These sorts of tools suit him fine because they allow his to do him job effectively and easily without having to learn everything that's actually happening.
It's basically a matter of what you prefer, vanilla network designed by yourself, or a package designed, provided and supported by an external company. Just because one school chooses one route, and another chooses a diffferent one doesn't make it right or wrong.