Edu Tek’s services include a comprehensive umbrella of project management. Proper engineering and management of any technology project allows our clients to focus on their critical responsibilities within the district with complete confidence that their technology project is being carried out beginning to end. Whether the technology project is a minor upgrade or a large scale deployment, Edu Tek manages the district’s technology projects with the strictest adherence to the goals and objectives of our clients. With our critical path management and scheduling expertise, these goals and objectives are met and the technology project is managed with the utmost care.
Every minute advances are made in technology that necessitate ongoing staff training. Edu Tek provides both in-house training as well as assistance in putting together training programs with leading vendors. Edu Tek also provides supplemental assistance to cover onsite needs so customer staff can be free to attend off-site training sessions. Edu Tek also provides comprehensive training in the technologies that we design and/or implement i.e. white boards, audio/video systems… etc.
Technology Master Planning
Edu Tek administrators provide comprehensive master planning services. We strongly believe that the IT organization is not merely a cost but a critical contributor to the success of our clients. A well-defined roadmap is essential. Every aspect of an organization’s system from budgeting to workstation cycles can be developed to ensure a forward thinking plan that maintains budget consistency. Critical documents including network evaluations, asset reviews, and infrastructure certifications may be included to accurately plan upgrades and purchases that meet the goals and objectives of each customer.
On-Site IT Support
It does not take much to overextend your IT staff, especially when faced with planned or unplanned downtime. Edu Tek can supplement your IT staff with highly skilled engineers who can be available for everything from key system upgrades to large scale deployments. Whether our clients need an engineer with a particular skill set or a general technician Edu Tek can become an extension to your already capable team.
Annual IT Staffing
The planning and ongoing maintenance of an organization’s technical infrastructure can be a daunting task all unto itself. Edu Tek provides highly skilled technical staff for many of our clients on an annual basis. Edu Tek handles all of the management responsibilities for these organization-assigned employees. They serve as Edu Tek employees who work fulltime for the organization. Customers pay one simple monthly fee to maintain their contract. Everything else is included. Edu Tek assigns the appropriate resource according to the organization’s goals and objectives. Additionally, our clients greatly benefit from the expertise of the entire Edu Tek team should a task exceed the expertise of the on-site engineer. In essence, when our clients staff annually through Edu Tek, they are hiring our entire team as an IT resource to assist in their IT needs.
Edu Tek employs an industry recognized web based Help Desk system for tracking work orders. End users can log in and view the status of issues as well as communicate with the engineer assigned. This system easily integrates into our customer’s intranet to maintain continuity. Regular reports are generated and customized to each customer’s particular needs. This Help Desk system has proven to be a critical component of Edu Tek’s success in onsite IT management.
A network can only be as strong as its skeleton. Edu Tek designs infrastructure systems that will support every aspect of your technology. Whether it will support voice, data, video, security or some other system, your infrastructure can be designed to care for your needs now as well as into the future. Edu tek’s engineers maintain certifications with numerous infrastructure manufacturers; therefore our engineers stay abreast of the latest standards and cabling technologies.
Enterprise architecture defines the roadmap that guides the selection, deployment, operation and refreshment of technologies within an organization. Edu Tek works directly with our customers as well as architects and engineers to design all aspects of the infrastructure from the jacks at the workstation to the detailed distribution racks. Edu Tek engineers prepare all of the necessary documentation needed to properly bid out an infrastructure project including scale drawings and specifications. When projects qualify for aid or funding, documents are prepared accordingly.
Voice Systems Design
Selecting vendors, dialing plans, VOIP versus traditional PBX—all of these decisions present great challenges to an organization. With our expertise in the area of voice systems Edu Tek provides full design services that cover all aspects of a successful voice project. Engineers prepare bid documents, dialing plans and deployment schedules. Evaluations and audits are performed on existing systems and protocols so that all needs are addressed in the proposed design. As more and more voice systems are converged with the data network Edu Tek provides data systems reviews to confirm that the data network can support the proposed system.
Security Systems Design
What was once only security is now a significant safety concern as well. Edu Tek designs systems that range from basic access control to intelligent video security and safety systems. Systems can be designed with features such as face recognition that allow an organization to proactively protect their occupants. Behavior tracking algorithms can assist in alerting staff to issues as they arise without dedicating staff to watch monitors. Edu Tek engineers keep up with emerging technologies so that customers get a design that reflects the best system available.
Audio/Video Systems Design
Edu Tek designs comprehensive audio visual systems. Engineers review the particular needs of a customer to determine what type of system suits their needs. Some systems are simple enough to not require comprehensive control systems where as others may necessitate touch screens that automate common setups. Presentation equipment like document cameras, electronic whiteboards and video conferencing systems all can be designed into a system that can be both easily operated and easily maintained.
Once a system has been engineered it still needs to be properly integrated. Edu Tek’s network engineers hold certifications from many manufacturers ensuring proper installations. Once a system is installed it is also properly configured to maximize its performance based on a customer’s needs. Components like switches and routers are configured to support whatever systems will run on top of them whether they are voice, video or data.
Engineers deploy servers that support redundancy and virtualization. Critical systems such as uninterrupted power supplies and network security devices are installed and properly configured to prevent significant network outages. Edu Tek works with industry standard systems such as iSCSI SANs, virtualization and clustering.
If the system is wireless, Edu Tek configures managed solutions. These systems allow for centralized configuration and management of access points and security. These can even be configured to track and manage assets with RF tags.
Audio Video Integration
Edu Tek’s AV integration services include both large truly custom installations as well as mass deployments of standard setups. Installers mount and install hundreds or projectors and electronic whiteboards each year. These systems include integrated affordable control systems as well as network managed systems in many cases.
When custom installation is required Edu Tek installers work closely with the other building trades to ensure that the audio video technology installed in a space blends into the aesthetics. Comprehensive control systems are installed and programmed to allow complete control without needing to extensively train the users.
Edu Tek Installers are certified to install and terminate both copper and fiber infrastructures. They carefully install cable according to the design set forth by the customer. Cabling is installed according to the most current standards so that projects may be certified and a manufacturer warrantee granted. Accurate As-Built drawings are prepared and submitted to the customer along with a comprehensive test report.
Edu Tek designs and administers web sites that range from static informational sites to fully dynamic and data driven portals. Programmers and designers work closely to ensure that sites are both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Programmers attempt to conform to web Standards for proper web page markup. This helps to assure that all viewers will have the same experience regardless of their browser.
Sites can be designed to connect other systems such as email and scheduling. This enables content to be ported directly to the web without constant management and double entry. In the other direction, content from the website can be easily ported to other systems such as digital signage systems and text messaging services.
Database & Warehouse Consulting
As an organization’s data needs increase, Edu Tek can offer consulting services to assist in designing applications and data housing systems. Edu Tek staff is aware of the different reporting needs that a state or agency may require and thus offer design and programming assistance to better automate these processes. Staff may propose and setup portals to allow all customer staff members to centrally manage and report on data. When such systems are in place an organization can proactively make decisions based on real-time data analysis.