Excitement of Parachuting; Andy Dent

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Our annual parachuting season is underway.

OK, so it's not the throwing yourself out of a perfectly good aircraft and hurtling towards the ground at more than 100 miles an hour before pulling a cord and gliding safely to earth kind of parachuting but I'm sure the adrenalin rush is the same.

We call it parachuting because that's precisely what we do as IT consultants.

There was a lot of anticipation at the end of last month as everyone at Innovit Towers prepared themselves in readiness for the start of this year's season which was signalled as the kids started back at school.

And then, just like clockwork on September 1, it started. Our switchboard started lighting up with calls from schools up and down the country in distress because the big switch on of their IT systems after the sixweek break was a non-starter. So we have been parachuting our technicians into schools left, right and centre to help them with immediate fixes so that teaching staff and pupils have some degree of use from their IT networks.

At this point I must clarify that the schools we are parachuting into are not clients of ours but many will almost certainly become one.

As an established IT provider in the UK education sector we have seen year-on-year growth each parachuting season because our business model is geared to be able to offer schools and colleges intense levels of IT support at short notice. …