Total Cost of Ownership

Technology Budgets: Moving from Capital Expense (CapEx) to Operational Expense (OpEx)

Information technology budgets involve significant expenditures, but there is more than one way to pay the bills. Identifying when it is advantageous to use capital funds versus operational funds can help districts build efficient and sustainable budgets to support their technology footprint.
What is the difference between a capital expense and operational expense? 

New ‘Smart’ K-12 Leadership Guide Helps Schools Plan, Manage IT Investments

School districts nationwide continue to face relatively constrained IT budgets following the Great Recession. The “SmartIT Leadership Guide,” a new CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) resource launched today, helps district chief technology officers (CTOs) and school leaders address this challenge by providing practical, strategic information and tools. The guide was developed and provided as part of CoSN’s Smart IT: Strategic Technology Planning & Management initiative.

New Resource Provides Guidance to K-12 Technology Leaders on Smart IT Management and Investment

Washington, DC (June 18, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today unveiled a new strategic resource that provides guidance to school system technology leaders on how to plan and manage their IT investments amid tightening budgets.

When it Comes to IT Investments, Think Value, Not Return

Return on investment and net present value are common concepts used in business to determine how best to invest in technology to lower bottom-line costs and increase revenues. Both are helpful because businesses seek to maximize profits, after all. If this approach were applicable to school districts, the decision-making process for proposed technology projects would be much easier and more objective.

How Green Tech Can Save You Green

Districts have a responsibility to demonstrate that they are dependable stewards of the future by protecting the environment-- but boards and communities also require their schools to conserve funding. These dual purposes are forcing education leaders to address green IT issues as a matter of conscience, budget, and political value. CoSN, the professional association of school system technology leaders, offers a comprehensive "green computing" strategy that covers three areas: Purchase and Disposal, Energy Use, and Reducing Waste.

10 Great Back-to-School Tools for School Leaders from CoSN

Washington, DC (September 13, 2013) – With the 2013-2014 school year kicking into high gear, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today offered education leaders 10 new and updated resources to leverage technology to enhance teaching and learning. 

1. Make Effective Use of Digital Media to Unlock School Transformation