Well, it seems that saving money's and cutting costs is on the agenda. But talking about saving money with ICT, and actually doing it, can be two different things. For example, knowing that you should be virtualising your servers to reduce cost is fine, but it would be handy to have somebody explain how.
If you want to start moving from cost saving ideas to cost saving projects, then here's an opportunity.
Dimension Data, one of our partners, is hosting an event here in Reading on Wednesday 3rd November, focusing on cost savings in education, through improving and introducing efficiency by the adoption and deployment of technology. As they put it:
We are confident this will be a sound investment of your time, and we will answer the following questions on the day though presentations, discussion and demonstrations:
We have secured key speakers from Microsoft and Dimension Data and you will also hear from an influential education establishment who is benefiting from these efficiencies.
Agenda for 'An Education in ICT Efficiencies'
The agenda runs from 10am to 3pm, and they Dimension Data team have packed in a great line-up of practical sessions into the day - including Paul Chapman from Leicester College talking about his server virtualisation project, and James Akrigg from Microsoft. Oh, and I've been volunteered to talk about Cost Savings in Education.
|10:00||Introduction - Simon Bliss (Dimension Data)|
|10:15||Keynote: Cost Savings in Education - Ray Fleming (Microsoft)|
|11:15||Virtualisation and Systems Management - Stuart James and Dan Frost (Dimension Data)|
|12:00||Cloud, Windows and Business Productivity - James Akrigg (Microsoft)|
|1:30||Case Study - Paul Chapman (Leicester College)|
|2:00||Unified Communications - Chris Clark (Dimension Data)|
|2:30||Microsoft Licensing - Clive Pugh (Dimension Data)|
|2:45||Q&A, conclusions and next steps - Simon Bliss (Dimension Data)|
If you have to go to your manager to ask to be out of college for a day next Wednesday, then I can't imagine a better investment of time - it could pay back in weeks.