Educators typically have mixed views on their school’s IT staff — to put it mildly. In order to better understand IT staff’s priorities, responsibilities and resources, we lunched with them recently. Our eyes were opened by those conversations!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Despite a common misconception that the world runs on smartphones instead of PCs, a recent online end-user survey conducted by Gartner suggests that people rely on traditional computers as much as they do phones.
The traditional PC market (which includes notebooks, desktops and workstations) in the United States saw shipments of 16.6 million units, with notebook sales dropping noticeably and desktops outperforming forecasts.
Kajeet has updated its filtered WiFi hotspot for schools buses, the SmartBus, to allow for more connected devices, offer faster speeds and more.
Nearly every app and service will incorporate some level of artificial intelligence in the next few years. Whether they're obviously intelligent or use intelligence behind the scenes, these tools "create a new intelligent intermediary layer between people and systems and have the potential to transform the nature of work and the structure of the workplace," according to a new trends forecast.
Nearly all, 95 percent, of chief information officers expect their positions to be changed or remixed owing to digitalization, according to a new report.
Communications services will lead IT spending, accounting for $1.387 trillion this year, a 0.9 percent increase over 2016, to $1.417 trillion in 2018 for growth of 2.2 percent.
An IDC survey found that bandwidth optimization (36 percent), consistent application security (31 percent), integration with existing WANs (28 percent) and improved automation and self-provisioning (28 percent) were the most common reasons enterprises are considering SD-WAN adoptions.
NetSupport has updated its IT asset management solution to work with a wider array of operating systems, to better manage users and more.
Altogether, 74,000 schools, 2.6 million teachers and 39.2 million students now have at least the minimum connectivity to access digital learning, while 1,587 rural schools still lack adequate infrastructure to meet the requirements.