Across today’s technology-driven educational landscape, downtime isn’t an option. IT networks have become the backbone of modern learning environments, and power protection is merely a prerequisite across both the K-12 and higher education landscapes. And when power is interrupted, nobody earns a passing grade. Unexpected outages can take a dramatic—and often costly—toll on students at every level.
As digital learning solutions have become an integral part of students’ lives, IT pros face tremendous expectations to properly support them. On any given day, students and teachers may be utilizing technologies such as virtual or augmented reality, digital whiteboards, distance learning, personalized learning, and artificial intelligence. With these exciting new technologies, school districts, colleges and universities are being forced to upgrade their infrastructure to an always-on, flexible, and cost-efficient model designed to support this 21st-century learning.
And with greater demands, come greater challenges. Almost universally, IT professionals in the educational environment report being hindered by:
- Downtime and managing expectations: When access to technology grinds to a halt, so does much of the learning process. During a power outage, IT personnel must drop everything and shift their attention to resolving the problem, executing orderly shutdown of equipment and reducing data loss.
- Serving multiple end users: It’s not easy answering to many bosses, each of whom has a different set of priorities and expectations. Yet that is exactly what most IT professionals are tasked with, as students, faculty, and staff, and even parents look to them for support.
- Juggling multiple responsibilities: Wearing many hats, IT personnel must oversee and prioritize a wide variety of day-to-day responsibilities, including managing hardware, software, security, support, and training—and are sometimes pulled in to assist with curriculum planning as well.
- Budget constraints: Today’s education-based IT administrators are expected to do more with less. Dwindling budgets coupled with growing threats make accomplishing this objective especially tough.
- Platform cross-compatibility in mixed-use environments: With students, faculty, and professors using so many different devices, IT professionals are continually troubleshooting platform cross-compatibility problems, especially on college campuses.
- Slow adoption by faculty: Helping institutional constituents, including IT staff, adapt to constantly changing technology can be a challenge. The pace of technology adoption tends to move slowly at every level of education which can gridlock IT personnel.
Now more than ever, IT professionals need quality power protection solutions that do more than simply safeguard equipment. The adage, “knowledge is power,” is especially appropriate in the education sector, where the reverse is equally relevant: power is knowledge.
Arm yourself with knowledge and discover the details in this report to help your school or district better plan for the future.