Schools coming out of the BSF programme are telling us that they are increasingly alarmed- they see a cliff edge ahead.
All that equipment installed when BSF was announced is now almost at an age where it needs to be replaced.
Servers can last 5 years whereas PCs only 4 and laptops just 3 years. Device ageing is an unavoidable reality in a school environment.
The longer that aged equipment stays on site, the more the support needed- more parts, more labour, more forms criss-crossing desks. When a device is deemed ‘Beyond Economic Repair’ its costs of being maintained is higher than the cost of its replacement.
Where is the funding to appear from? Some schools have a little set aside but we have yet to meet a school that has set aside sufficient. That would have meant keeping funds back every year for the last 5 years!
The costs of staring anew and funding that sum is simply scary
Then there a decision on whether a financing decision should include IT support or be totally separate? Can one not be dealt with through a leasing company and the other through innovative approaches? That’s the really expensive way of doing it!
IT support is most inexpensively sourced when it is part of the hardware package that includes e.g. installation, warranty, licencing, and commissioning.
Sustainable IT from revenue
Luckily, there are options available specifically for BSF Business Managers. These are totally sustainable revenue based models that include financing, IT support and IT performance management.
What’s more, all the school’s needs to refresh equipment is built in to the plan – never again would you be presented with a cliff face like the present.