CoSN launched its "Taking TCO to the Classroom" project to provide school leaders with tools to help them estimate the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for their networked computing infrastructure.
TCO also includes calculations of costs that may not turn up in a budget, but that can still have an impact on school district operations--for example, when teachers must take time out of their day to address their own tech support problems.
To better understand how to strategically use a TCO assessment for your school or district, see "About TCO".
TCO news articles that have general applicability to K-12 are referenced under "TCO News" which also allows subscription vis RSS feed.
CoSN authored articles, newsletters and presentations can be found under "CoSN Resources."
"Other Resources" contains general articles and white papers as well as categorized lists of published resources that apply to K-12.
At the heart of CoSN's TCO Leadership Initiative is the fully documented "Cosn-Gartner TCO Tool." Supporting the TCO tool are "Tips and Recommendations," for performing a TCO assessment, "Frequently Asked Questions", "Interpreting the results" of a TCO assessment, and eight formal TCO "Case Studies" plus three one-to-one studies and school-submitted case studies.
When reviewing the input and results of your TCO assessment, it is helpful to also review the "Checklist" for determining more efficient operations possibilities.
TCO is an important part of technology leadership in times of economic crisis. SeeCoSN's ""Mastering the Moment" initiative for more information on how TCO assessments provide valuable information to K-12 technology leaders in times of economic stress.
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