A school in Swindon has saved £17,000 a year after deploying a systems management appliance which allows it to control and update its suite of 600 PCs and Apple Macs remotely.
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Isambard Community School, which specialises in the performing arts, claims that the system has saved it the equivalent of a full time IT technician.
"The existing system was very flaky. It did not cope with what we wanted to do. We were looking for a solution that would deal with Macs and PCs," said Matt Garland, IT network manager.
The school made the savings after deploying management appliances supplied by KACE.
The appliances allow the 3 strong IT team to manage and keep track of software updates on each desktop and laptop used in the school .
The system also manages user log-ins, and manages IT help desk requests from staff and pupils submitted to a support web site.
The system meant that the school did not have to buy a separate help desk package, said Garland.