Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Improving Technology & Systems

Spring Branch ISD students and teachers will be able to operate education software and apps on their net books with greater ease due to a partnership with Spring Branch ISD and Austin-based computing technology and services firm, Dell Inc.

In separate related news, SBISD earned an award last month for its use of a data management system for payroll, finance, human resources and other regular business-related needs. Tyler Technologies Inc. of Dallas presented the national award during a Boston conference.

Dell announced in May that SBISD had deployed its end-to-end virtual desktop infrastructure solution including Dell blade servers, storage and networking.

According to a company news release, this across-the-board infrastructure will empower students and teachers with access to online education resources and self-directed learning – both inside and outside of the classroom.

“Our students and teachers struggled to leverage current education software and apps on the net books because the net books were intended for lighter workloads,” SBISD’s Technology Director Wes Hargrove said in the news release.

“Dell addressed the need for increased use by providing a reliable, cost-effective solution that makes all online learning and education applications easier to use and access.” To maintain untarnished data center performance, the district will rely on Dell Services to provide a dedicated technical account manager who will advise them of the best practices and take proactive measures to solve any issues that arise.

Dell reports in its news release that this enterprise-class support gives increased peace of mind to the SBISD team and allows the district to better focus on the district’s top goal – helping students reach their maximum learning potential.

With the new infrastructure in place, SBISD plans to expand its “Bring Your Own Device” initiative and to allow even greater access to technology in the classroom.

“Our No. 1 goal is to give schools the technology they need to maximize personalized learning opportunities in the classroom,” said Dell’s Mark Horan, who is vice president and general manager of Education for the computer services and technology giant.

In separate but related news, Tyler Technologies announced that SBISD was a winner of its 2013 Tyler Public Sector Excellence awards for its Munis® and Eden enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, as well as its Verstrans® school transportation solution.

On May 29, SBISD along with seven other school districts from across the nation were presented with the Tyler Excellence Award at the Tyler Connect 2013 conference in Boston.

Winners shared their best practices and lessons learned with their public sector peers.

-- This report was compiled by Communications Dept. Intern Kali Venable.


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