The Open University makes significant cost and efficiency savings through the use of Microsoft Lync 2010

Contribution from freelance writer, Gerald Haigh.  Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft UK Education blogs.  I graduated from the Open University, I’m proud to say, as a member of the very first intake – the “Class of ‘71”. Earlier this Summer we were royally treated to a celebration at the Milton Keynes Campus that few…


Primary school students learning through video conferencing

Office Communications Server (OCS) is finding new friends across the educational spectrum – aka Microsoft Lync. We’re hearing good things about it from the University of Plymouth , for example, where it’s used by academics to keep in touch with students away on work placements across the UK and beyond. There’s a full case study…


Halving the cost of servers at Leicester College with virtualisation

As we talk about cost saving we keep coming back to server virtualisation. I don’t feel the need to make any excuse for that, because as so many schools have discovered not only does it provide substantial cost savings – and we all know how important that is – but it can also provide a…

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How Microsoft uses the Windows Server 2008 R2 features to enhance our own security

The Microsoft IT team publish case studies of how we’ve used our own products within our own infrastructure – sharing their real-life experiences. This month there’s a case study about the way that we’ve implemented the security features in Windows Server 2008 R2, along with Windows 7 on the desktop – and the benefits that…


Saving money by saving power – an action plan

Last week I spoke to a group of schools about money saving strategies (based on this info), and I do plan to shortly record the whole presentation, so that I can share it. But when I got to the bit about making sure that you do something about desktop power savings, there were a few…


Schools spend more money on printer paper than on ICT

How much does your school spend on reprographics – paper, toner, printers, photocopiers, and the staff to run them and keep them running? I’m sure that the average secondary school is spending more on reprographics than they do on their whole ICT budget. Mike Herrity, at Twynham School, found out his school used over a…


Getting started on cost saving–a practical seminar at Microsoft from Dimension Data

Dimension Data are running an event here at Microsoft HQ on 3rd November, which will provide practical steps to saving money with ICT. So the budget cuts have arrived – and it appears that for the moment, the biggest cuts are in schools’ capital budgets. Firstly we saw the Harnessing Technology Grant cut by £50M,…


What you don’t see is what you get–running a broadband consortia

I’m meeting up with the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) later this week. It seems like being a Regional Broadband Consortia is a pretty tough gig these days, what with the DfE cutting the capital budgets in the Harnessing Technology Grant, and some people misunderstanding that all they do is provide an (expensive) basic…


Philip Morant School in Office 2010 case study

We seem to be having a run of good luck with UK schools being held up as worldwide examples of good practice at the moment – with a number of case studies appearing on the global Microsoft website – at www.microsoft.com/casestudies. The latest is the case study of the use of Office 2010 by Philip…


West Hatch High School saves £12,000 a year with virtualisation

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know that I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about cost saving – and the ways that your ICT could contribute to saving your school money. With the pressure on school budgets, and the big investment made in ICT over the last decade, then I think it’s a…