So, if you’ve been following the Top ICT Money Saving Tips, how much money could you actually be saving, using my Switch-Stop-Save strategies?
I thought I’d go back and find out.
Save £400,000 over 3 years
If you’re not already doing some of the things in this list, then a secondary school has got a potential to save just under £400,000 over the next 3 years. And a primary school could save just over £100,000 over 3 years.
How can that be true, when the average school doesn’t spend that much on ICT? Well, let me go back to what I said when I started this blog series:
|The reason for doing this…was that we all know that there’s a bit of a budget crunch going on – and 80% of network managers in a recent survey reported that they’d had their ICT budget cut. But I’ve come across many examples of where a bit of spending on ICT had saved a heap of spending on another part of the school budget. So I had one really simple goal: To help the ICT team in school to explain to the leadership team how they can help out the rest of the school|
So the savings below aren’t just in your ICT budget, but also in the electricity bill of the school, and the staffing budget, and your phone bill. All things which could be reduced by putting into place some of the advice. And really helping you to have the right conversation in the school – about the way that ICT can save money elsewhere in the school budget. As you get down to the detail for next year’s ICT plans, then I hope this list is helpful in drawing up priorities for your strategic ICT development.
Specific ICT cost savings
I based my assumptions on large-ish schools, who are reasonably technology rich - mainly because that’s probably the closest match to you, as a blog reader. (I’ve put my barebones assumptions at the bottom of the table.)
All of these savings are based on money that could be saved over the next three years, and in most cases, they are based on costs from a real school used in the original blog post.
Secondary School Saving
Primary School Saving
Cost/Difficulty to implement
|Switch to Virtualisation|
|Switch on Power Management|
|Switch to lower energy devices|
|Switch your communications|
|Switch to remote access|
|Stop buying every computer yourself|
|Stop buying so much software|
|Stop your email servers|
|Save students money I|
|Save students money II|
|Save money on upgrades|
|Save your old computers|
|Save your software budget|
- For Secondary schools I assumed 1,000 pupils, 400 computers and 13 servers.
The ‘average’ secondary school would have 860 pupils and 300 computers.
- For Primary schools I assumed 100 computers and 4 servers.
The ‘average’ primary school would have 240 pupils and 50 computers.