Solution Provider IDs Three Important Steps Toward a More Digital Learning Experience
NEW YORK, August 22, 2017 – As K12 CIOs wrestle with significant challenges along the journey toward digital learning, the debate about whether to forge a long-term relationship with Microsoft or Google for classroom productivity apps is gaining significant ground. When broadband made it possible for schools to begin earnestly embracing the Internet, educators and technologists alike were unsure how they would incorporate emerging compute capabilities into the classroom. Among the first to propose a cloud-based program, Google offered K12 schools free access to its cloud-based Google for Education suite – which included Google Docs and a host of other productivity programs. Because it was both free and cloud-based, which meant no management headaches for K12 CIOs, schools across the country forged relationships with Google. Later, improved wi-fi capabilities coupled with $200 Chromebooks allowed K12 educators to take their first baby steps toward true digitization. During this time, however, Microsoft tools like Word, Excel and PowerPoint solidified their position as the established norms in the business world. Now that Microsoft has begun to offer its Office 365 application suite via the cloud to the education market free of charge, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), says K12 CIOs are facing a significant dilemma.
“Many schools that had previously adopted Google solutions will soon be ready for a technology refresh, something which has brought the Microsoft vs. Google dilemma to the forefront of educators’ minds and discussions,” says Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US. “If they stick with Google, they’re locking themselves into a non-standard format. If they switch to Microsoft combined with today’s sub-$300, Windows 10-based X86 laptops, they gain significant functionality, but they must also address the infrastructure and security requirements that come along with that. Ultimately, K12 educators and CIOs must determine where their digital strategy is taking them and select the platform that will best support that choice. It’s not an easy decision, but it is one that skilled consultants like Logicalis can help them address.”
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Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.
Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.
We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.
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