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Technology leaders are constantly working to strategically plan and manage IT investments. CoSN works to provide tools and resources that focus on sustainable computing, total cost of ownership, value of investment, and budget management.
CoSN is grateful for the following sponsors for their support of this initiative: Adobe, Gartner, HP, Lenovo, and Sprint.
SmartIT is a new initiative that reflects the ongoing priority for technology leaders to strategically plan and manage IT investments. SmartIT will provide tools and resources that focus on:
CoSN offers tools and resources that district technology leaders can use to respond effectively to shrinking budgets.
Understanding the complete cost of your computing programs is key for the implementation of your strategic plan and evaluation of actions to provide better service for less. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a methodology to measure and understand the costs of acquiring and maintaining networks of computers and obtaining staff and other user-related support. A TCO assessment helps to determine and articulate in quantifiable terms the effects of proposed budget cuts or other changes that could result in deficiencies.
As budgets continue to be cut, it's more important than ever to carefully evaluate the anticipated costs and benefits of proposed projects. CoSN provides a methodology and specific tools to allow K-12 districts to estimate the costs and expected benefits of proposed technology efforts. The Value of Investment (VOI) methodology can help districts evaluate proposed projects, articulate project costs and benefits, sell a project, and sustain a project.
The growing public concern over greenhouse effects and safe disposal of e-waste as well as the need to conserve funding are both forcing schools to address green IT issues as a matter of conscience, budget and political value. CoSN provides tools, tips, and resources for school technology leaders to help reduce their school district carbon footprint.