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  1. Cost savings agenda Alan Richards

  2. About Me • Alan Richards • Information Systems Manager @ West Hatch High School • Worked in IT in Schools for over 17 years • Experience • First School in UK to launch SharePoint 2010 based public website • Presented at many SharePoint events and the BETT 2011 show in London • Many Microsoft case studies and press articles about how we use IT and in particular SharePoint

  3. Background DFC budget cut 80% Uncertainty going forward is main issue Specialist funding (£250k) – only guaranteed for 2011/2012 6thform funding equalising from schools to lower college levels and cutting guided learning hours National formula funding – this may affect Schools in the South to greater effect

  4. Topics • Server virtualisation • Hyper-V • Desktop virtualization • VDI • SharePoint 2010 • Paperless School

  5. Server Virtualisation

  6. Virtualisation - The Benefits • Electricity • 24 physical servers to 9 physical servers • Cooling • Less servers to cool has cut down on our need to increase our cooling facilities • Maintenance • Less physical servers to maintain • Virtually no downtime • Responsive • Easily install new server • Easily increase resources available to a server

  7. Desktop Virtualisation • Microsoft VDI • Hyper-V • Windows 7 virtual machines • Thin client stations are cheaper, last longer • Users get a full Windows 7 experience • All updates to software are applied at server level

  8. Paperless School Project • Tight economic conditions • Reducing budgets • Portray a different view of IT • Not a black hole for money • Invest to save • Academic Review Day • £8000 a year spent on paper and admin for 2 days a year • Transfer all paperwork into online forms • Easier data analysis • Easier reporting • Data to hand

  9. Paperless School Project • Moving all forms from paper to online • Save costs – paper, printing, postage • Greater accountability • Audit trail of all forms • Workflows ensure the right people know about submitted forms

  10. Contact Me arichards@westhatch.essex.sch.uk www.edutechnow.com twitter.com/arichards_Saruk