Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Technology Brings Installation Efficiency to District Labs

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Technology Brings Installation Efficiency to District Labs

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When the Pendergast Elementary School District was formed in Phoenix, AZ in 1912, there was no information technology department, let alone hundreds of personal computers to configure and manage. Today, there are six children to each one of the 1,250 computers in the school district.

In the summer of 2000, the school district purchased computers for student use and asked John D. Moreno to be the director of their Management Information Systems. One by one, Moreno and his team began manually installing software on each individual computer system to prepare them for the new school year. Moreno soon realized that a three-hour manual disk-image installation per computer, plus hour-long manual loading and configuration to install additional application software, was not the best solution. It was simply taking too long. And the new school year was fast approaching.

The answer to Moreno's efficiency need came in the form of a product from systems management company, Altiris, Inc., called express LabExpert with RapiDeploy software. Moreno remembered that he had worked with Altiris products before, and he took this opportunity to become more familiar with them. Before long, he found Altiris express LabExpert to be a good solution, because it was specifically designed for PC classrooms and labs. Moreno knew that LabExpert could significantly reduce the time required to configure and manage his hundreds of PCs.

"It was taking forever to install the workstations. But by using Altiris express LabExpert, we were able to cut total configuration time for each machine from four hours to just 45 minutes, saving more than three hours per PC," Moreno notes. The reduction in configuration time saved about $60,000 in potential labor costs for the district. …

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