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.
It's tough to get a true sense of how well your district is doing if you examine your goals in isolation. Using Key Performance Indicator (KPI) benchmarking techniques, you can gain insight into your IT budgetary and operational performance as compared with other school systems and as a measure of improvement over time. CoSN members will be provided with access to three key performance indicators: Average age of Computers, IT Spending per Student, and Network Bandwidth per User (kbps).
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.