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With Info-Tech's Industry Roundtables & Benchmarking, you will never again wonder "what are my peers doing?", "how do I compare?", or "what should I be doing?".

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Industry Roundtable Events

The Industry Roundtable Events are sessions hosted each month for 8 to 15 industry peers to discuss the most pressing topics impacting IT departments in their industry and share their experiences. Each session is facilitated by an industry analyst and supported by our tailored research.

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Deep Insights Tailored to Your Industry

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Business-Aligned IT Strategy

Understand the capabilities and focus areas required to meet your industry’s needs and enable value creation.

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Top Industry
Trends

Identify resource, process, and environmental trends impacting your industry. Implement strategies to mitigate specific risks and take advantage of all relevant opportunities.

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Industry
Benchmarking

Reveal the true state of your IT services, processes, spend, and staffing levels to align your priorities and resources.

Benefit from peer data to get a reference point for how well you stack up.

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Core Industry Technologies & Software Selection

Arm yourself with everything you need to provide the right solutions to meet the needs of your business stakeholders.

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K-12 School Districts IT Strategy Initiatives Workbook

  • With input from our research and analysts and your peers, identify new or updated initiatives for your IT strategy and document them in the IT Strategy Initiatives Workbook.
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K-12 School Districts Business-Aligned IT Strategy

  • Learn about the ecosystem factors that are impacting the school districts industry and how your IT team is set from a PESTLE and SWOT perspective, with expert insights and takeaways to update your IT strategy.
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K-12 School Districts Industry Impacts on IT Strategy: Senior Management Presentation Template

  • Use the K-12 School Districts Industry Impacts on IT Strategy: Senior Management Presentation Template to share the key findings of the business-aligned analysis with your organization's leadership team.

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Top Industry Trends


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K-12 School Districts Teacher Development Report

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should strive to provide ways for teachers to share and communicate best practices around the use of instructional technology.
  • Learn about how teacher development affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.
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K-12 School Districts Infrastructure Support Report

  • As technology becomes more important so too does the proliferation of devices and applications. ICT must strategically address how to deal with the increased demand for technology.
  • Learn about how infrastructure support affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.
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K-12 School Districts Digital Learning Report

  • Technology is transforming schools and traditional methods of teaching and learning are being disrupted as a result.
  • Learn about how digital learning affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.

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Industry Benchmarking


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K-12 Education IT Management & Governance Benchmarking Report

  • Understanding your IT team’s perception of what’s important and how well they’re doing is central to identifying strengths, weaknesses, and potential misalignments with business priorities and expectations.
  • Learn about how IT departments in your industry assess the importance and effectiveness of 45 IT processes to gauge your own alignment and identify select processes for targeted improvement.
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K-12 School Districts IT Staffing Benchmarking Report

  • Many IT departments are already running lean, struggling to keep pace with never-ending demands from the business. IT staffing is stretched thin.
  • By taking the IT Staffing Assessment diagnostic and participating in our unique IT Spend benchmarking, you will gain critical information to position your team to be seen as strategic.
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K-12 School Districts IT Stakeholder Satisfaction Benchmarking Report

  • IT leadership needs to understand in which areas clients are unsatisfied with the quality of service they’re receiving from IT.
  • While K-12 school districts have been able to keep the lights on, the advent of COVID-19 will put stakeholder satisfaction with several critical areas in jeopardy – particularly those that have not been a traditional focus for K-12 IT. Priorities are changing fast.
  • It’s crucial to understand which focus areas to address and to develop insights into how your team compares with other K-12 school district IT organizations.

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Core Industry Technologies & Software Selection


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K-12 School Districts Integrated Library System Report

  • An integrated library system (ILS) is a resource management system for libraries. Like other systems, it is used to manage the resources in the libraries collection, such as its books.
  • Learn about what an ILS is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.
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K-12 School Districts Student Information System Report

  • The student information system (SIS) facilitates the flow and management of student information across school district. An SIS allows for the seamless integration of systems and creates a holistic view of student information for administrators, principals, and teachers.
  • Learn about what student information system is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.
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K-12 School Districts Learning Platforms Report

  • We use the term “learning platform” to accommodate both the traditional LMS and the collection of tools offered by solutions like Google Classroom.
  • Learn about what learning platform is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.

Latest K-12 Notes

Short, tailored research notes aimed at providing you with timely insights, relevant to your industry. Hot off the press, these notes will be published regularly and pair great with your morning coffee.

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iPads, Chromebooks, and Windows! …Oh My!

Date published

October 19, 2021

Author:
  • Jeremy Roberts

Competition between the big three education technology vendors is heating up. Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all adopted innovative solutions to problems specific to the K-12 environment. But not all technology is created equal. Educators are tasked with matching solutions to problems – and that’s often quite difficult in practice.

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten: Translating Chrome OS’s Success Into the Enterprise

Date published

October 19, 2021

Author:
  • Jeremy Roberts

Chrome OS is popular in schools. Given schools’ unique needs, that makes sense. But schools aren’t the only organizations that can benefit from some of Chrome OS’s features. Chrome OS could make a good deal of sense if an organization has lots of employees with similar needs, runs mostly based on web applications, and is not in the market for premium hardware.

Shadow IT in the Classroom Gets an F (at Best)

Date published

October 19, 2021

Authors:
  • Fred Chagnon

  • Jeremy Roberts

Teachers, experienced with education applications, often bypass their districts’ IT departments when implementing them. If data is stored offsite, this has privacy implications. IT departments can get out in front, however. Stop the SaaS by educating teachers about the risks and meeting their educational needs.

Don't Get Left Behind: American Rescue Plan Funding Priorities Aims to Strengthen the Modernization of Educational Technology and Improve Cybersecurity Capabilities

Date published

May 28, 2021

Author:
  • Mark Maby

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) is the third stimulus package passed by the federal government since March 2020. The stimulus funding announced seeks to address gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP comprises $1.9 trillion in mandatory funding, programming, and tax policies and provides significant relief to Americans adversely affected by the pandemic. Education IT professionals must be aware of the variety of funding opportunities to ensure the consistent delivery of quality education.

Part 1: Establishing a Balanced Scorecard for IT Performance in K-12 Is an Important Complement to IT Strategy

Date published

October 23, 2019

Author:
  • Sidney Hodgson

The balanced scorecard (BSC) often includes four perspectives, but K-12 districts and schools typically start with a perspective that tracks student outcomes and learning results. To be most effective, the IT BSC should be tied to the organization’s scorecard and reflect organizational strategies and goals.

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