The Weidenhammer Blog

Technology Planning? E-rate Says: “Fuggedaboutit”

September 16th, 2015 | Category: Business Consulting, Technology

I simply don’t understand E-rate’s rationale for the elimination of the Technology Plan approval requirement within the E-rate application process. I cringe when I think of districts attempting to navigate strategic technology planning and budgeting without a plan. Currently most districts take their cue from their respective state department of education. Although some states still…

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Apps – The New Challenge for Educational IT Leaders

August 11th, 2015 | Category: Business Consulting, Technology

I recently attended the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia (International Society for Technology in Education). Year after year, the numbers of companies developing their classroom applications are increasing exponentially. The market is becoming saturated with large, well-known players as well as small, up-and-comers. With many apps available in the popular mobile device marketplaces, such as Google…

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The Art of Implementing a Cybersecurity Program

June 15th, 2015 | Category: Business Consulting

I recently had the pleasure of attending the SecureWorld Expo in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. I noticed many of the conversations at this conference centered on developing a security framework and strategy for organizations. This reminded me of a recent Computer Weekly article that I read where Gartner announced, “Businesses will have to embrace cloud security-as-a-service. …

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Assessing eRate 2.0 – Part Two

January 8th, 2015 | Category: Business Consulting, Technology

Last week during the first of a two-part series of blog posts, I discussed the modifications and changes associated with eRate 2.o and I asked, what do these changes mean for districts seeking eRate help to connect a campus? Today, I’m going to tell you. One thing is very clear; strategic planning has never been…

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Scrum in Under 10 Minutes

November 18th, 2014 | Category: Business Consulting

Scrum is the leading Agile development framework in use and this YouTube video does a great job in presenting an overview of Scrum in 10 minutes. Having recently participated in a two-day course learning the mechanics and dynamics of Scrum teams in order to become a Certified ScrumMaster, I thought this was a great presentation…

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Why Project Management is Necessary

November 11th, 2014 | Category: Business Consulting

Many of our customers ask if project management is really necessary in our engagements – is the cost necessary? Proper project management saves money and is vital to ensuring a project meets your goals. A project manager is responsible for the following: Getting agreement on scope: making sure that everyone (customers, consultant, vendors) are on…

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