Dell KACE Earns High Grades for 'Back to School' Strategies to help K-12 Schools Manage Complex Systems and Next-Gen Assessment Needs
- Growing list of K-12 schools rely on Dell Endpoint Systems Management to better prepare for new school year
- Dell KACE Systems Management Appliances boost IT readiness by speeding annual system reimaging and reducing mobility challenges
- Dell ESM mitigates security risks on desktops, laptops and tablets while ensuring effective management of all endpoints
Dell today announced continued momentum in helping K-12 educational institutions better prepare for the new school year with successful “Back to School” IT strategies that simplify systems management, mitigate security risk and ease the transition to online assessment programs. According to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, 4.2 million students completed the Field Test last June, representing the largest online assessment in our nation’s history.
During the 2014-2015 school year, this dry run of the Common Core State Standards will become a reality for school districts and IT leaders across 43 states. For that reason, preparing for Common Core will require IT strategies for identifying current technology infrastructures and determining what’s needed to support next-gen assessments. At the same time, educational institutions—and the IT teams that support them—are addressing 1:1 student/computer initiatives, ever-increasing mobility requirements, growing security risks and the need to manage complex environments with shrinking resources and limited budgets.
To reduce the complications of systems management in education environments, hundreds of thousands of computers are managed by K-12 schools using Dell KACE Systems Management Appliances. “Dell KACE endpoint management solutions ensure smoother, more cost-effective transitions to the latest learning programs, testing methodologies and mobile devices, while easing support for new or upgraded Windows, Mac and Linux environments,” said Bill Odell, vice president of marketing for Endpoint Systems Management at Dell Software. “That’s why a growing list of K-12 schools use KACE appliances and Desktop Authority to improve system uptime and security, lower IT overhead costs and produce better educational outcomes.”
Academy District 20 School District Uses KACE to Manage 8,000 Endpoints with Ease
- Academy School District 20, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., is a fast-growing district that prides itself on giving its students the latest in technological programs.
- With Dell KACE endpoint systems management, the district has simplified the management of 8,000 endpoints, saving more than 7,000 hours on configuration management annually, while reducing the time required for system inventory and audit by 75 percent.
- “Right off the bat, our Dell KACE Appliance dramatically improved the management of our large and diverse IT environment, enabling our IT team to focus on more strategic projects,” said Shelley Kooser, CIO for Academy School District 20. “We estimate our department has saved thousands of hours spent on maintenance tasks, leading to impressive dollar savings in the first year alone.”
Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School Pushes Annual System Reimaging into Overdrive
- Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, recognized as a leader in independent education, embraces technology as a key component of day-to-day curriculum delivery in the classroom.
- With Dell KACE, the school expedites its annual task of reimaging student-assigned laptops before the start of each new school year. Additionally, Dell KACE has proven instrumental in reducing the number of service desk calls by 56 percent.
- “The Dell KACE 2000’s new multicasting feature pushed everything we needed to do with reimaging into overdrive,” explained Ron Falkoff, system analyst, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. “This past summer, we shaved more than 25 percent off the time it normally took to reimage about 450 new and 900 existing tablets and laptops.”
Roanoke County School District Boosts 1:1 Personalized Learning Program with Dell KACE
- At Roanoke County Public Schools, a 1:1 laptop initiative has become the core of the Virginia school district’s technology program, which includes take-home Dell laptops for all high school students.
- The district uses Dell KACE K1000 and Dell KACE K2000 systems management appliances to simplify overall management of 13,000 endpoints, including 6,000 student laptops and 1,600 laptops for instructional staff members. In addition to streamlining system and application updates throughout the year, the district relies on KACE to accelerate laptop reimaging.
- “We’ve drastically reduced the time it takes to reimage all 6,000 laptops by using the Dell KACE K1000 and K2000,”said Jeff Terry, CIO for the district.
Ackerman Charter School District Accelerates Access to Educational Software by 71 Percent
- Ackerman Charter School District, in Placer County, Calif., chose Dell KACE for a fully integrated systems provisioning solution to enable cost-effective, centralized software management while eliminating the risk associated with giving end-users administrative privileges.
- The district installed Dell KACE appliances and the Desktop Authority Management Suite to deliver efficient, flexible and comprehensive systems management, while providing new software to teachers and students without security risks.
- “With Dell KACE and Desktop Authority, updates are now automatically downloaded,” said Ian Byerrum, technology coordinator, Ackerman Charter School District. “That has really freed up my time, so now I am able to do other, more important things. After all, it’s not the computers we’re trying to service, it’s the students.”
Chino Valley Unified School District Prepares for Common Core and BYOD with KACE
- Chino Valley Unified School District runs 35 schools with nearly 30,000 students in San Bernardino County, Calif. The district uses Dell KACE to manage 7,000 endpoints, comprising desktops, laptops and a growing number of Mac and Android mobile devices.
- Thanks to efficient endpoint systems management, the district produces accurate, up-to-date device inventories to simplify its Technology Readiness Tool reporting for Common Core State Standards reporting.
- Additionally, the district is addressing the growing need for tablets and smartphones to facilitate learning through improved systems management capabilities and elevated security.
- “With the Dell KACE Appliances, we are constantly updated on patching status, which helps us ensure that machines are always available and protected from viruses and malware,” said Georges Khairallah, network specialist, Chino Valley Unified School District.
Dell KACE Delivers Comprehensive Endpoint Systems Management
The award-wining Dell KACE systems management appliances provide comprehensive, easy-to-use and affordable solutions for securing and maintaining critical IT assets. Dell Software delivers endpoint systems management capabilities in an appliance-based architecture that simplifies deployment and ensures fast time to value. Dell KACE also provides world-class systems management capabilities as part of Dell’s Enterprise Mobility Management solution. For more information, visit www.dell.com/kace.
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