T.H.E. IT Trends
An Electronic Newsletter for IT Professionals in K-12


  • Stretching IT Budgets with Open Source and Virtualization

    Jeremy Fluhmann knows how to stretch a dollar. The technology director for Winters Independent School District in Winters, TX had a budget that would allow him to refresh about 50 computers a year. That's just a fraction of the 650 to 670 end user devices he estimated his two-person IT team supports in the district.


IT News

  • Schools Begin Moving Unified Communications to the Cloud

    Public K-12 school districts have begun shifting their unified communications solutions over to the cloud. In fact, according to new research released this week, a quarter of them either have done so already or are in the process of doing so.

  • Oracle Enterprise Gateway 11g Secures SOA and Cloud Environments

    Oracle this week announced Enterprise Gateway 11g, part of their Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g application infrastructure foundation. Enterprise Gateway 11g provides enhanced security for service-oriented architecture (SOA), either on-premises, across domains, or in the cloud.

  • Contest To Award Districts $150,000 in Wireless Gear

    Wireless equipment manufacturer Ruckus Wireless will award 802.11n WiFi makeovers to three school districts in the United States and Canada. The company launched a grant program Tuesday that allows K-12 schools, districts, and home schools to nominate themselves for their share of $150,000 in hardware and services.

  • Genetec Plan Manager Ties Video Operations to Digital Maps

    Genetec, a security products vendor, recently launched a new application that enables users to tie operation of their security cameras to their maps. Plan Manager is an add-on module for Genetec's video surveillance system, Omnicast.

  • Omnilert Adds TTY and Call-in Services to Emergency Notification

    Omnilert has widened the reach of its emergency notification service with a couple of new addons. e2Campus uAlert version 3.4 adds an option to broadcast mass alerts in text telephony (TTY) to devices for the deaf and hearing-impaired.