The Weidenhammer Blog

2016 enterprise app preview – trends and developments

February 2nd, 2016 | Category: Application Development, Technology

With 2016 underway, IT leaders across the enterprise arena are looking to position themselves for success in the coming months. This means that every company is examining its business applications with the intention of refining and expanding these systems to fit their changing needs. To help these decision-makers pinpoint exactly what they’ll need to succeed…

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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 Pioneers of Quality

May 11th, 2015 | Category: Technology

Quality Pioneers Quality is the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind, the degree of excellence of something. The following six leaders and visionaries of quality pioneered different facets of our understanding of quality. W. Edwards Deming 1900-1993 Deming defined quality as a predictable degree of uniformity and dependability at…

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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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Assessing eRate 2.0

January 2nd, 2015 | Category: Technology, Uncategorized

Recently, many schools have come to the conclusion that the eRate program, although well-intentioned, has become less and less fruitful. The processes of planning, application, and support documentation have become a tremendous burden. Since the creation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the eventual eRate program order in May of the following year, eRate…

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