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ERIC Number: EJ776110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1053-6728
Enough to Go 'Round? Thinking Smart about Total Cost of Ownership
McIntire, Todd
Technology & Learning, v26 n12 p20 Jul 2006
Total cost of ownership or TCO refers to the life cycle of costs for technology, including both direct and indirect expenses. TCO includes costs incurred by capital (hardware, software, and facilities); administration and operation (planning, upgrade, replacement, and technical support); and end-user operation (staff development and user downtime). Appropriate TCO planning reduces network downtime, improves integration of technology resources into curriculum and instruction, and allows teaching staff to focus on instruction rather than technical support. By identifying, planning, and managing TCO, schools and districts can maximize their technology investments and get the best for students. Thinking smart about school- and district-level technology TCO means considering a range of factors, including many that at first may not seem directly tied to budget considerations. This article describes some of the key challenges experienced school technology officers face. It also describes five practical tools or applications designed to help school leaders determine the true cost of investing in technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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