Technical ProjectsMultiple projects are typically pending simultaneously.One of our primary goals is continuous improvement.
Microsoft Office2007 rolloutSTATUS - pending MAY 2010 - MAR 2011The software suite is used to perform daily computing operations such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database, and e-mail. The old version is 2003. The new version is 2007. As campuses are migrated, links to online training and online courses are made available to the staff.KACE ImplementationSTATUS - pending MAR 2011This system replaces the Altiris system and the GroupLink ticketing system. It allows for inventorying, software deployment, and licensing metering. It also provides a ticketing system and user portal. This system will create operational efficiencies for the entire district with regards to computing devices and software.Migration to Internet Explorer 8STATUS - completed JAN 2011To bring all PCs to the same version of Internet Explorer, TIMS is automating the process of upgrading from existing IE versions to version 8.Skyward - Migrating PAC to WebSTATUS - pending MAY 2010- MAR 2011The Skyward system is partially web-based and partially client-based. The migration will alleviate the need for a special client to be installed for system users who perform functions using the PAC client. This will migration will provide secure access to all system functions using a simple web browser.Faster Internet Link (Cogent)STATUS - completed OCT 2010A secondary 100Mbps link was brought online to expand the data capacity from BISD to the Internet. This compliments the existing 100Mbps link leased through Region XI. This secondary link also provides redundancy in the event one of the providers experiences an outage.10Gbps WAN linksSTATUS - completed OCT 2010The network links between several facilities has been upgraded from 100Mbps to 1000Mbps in efforts to handle increased network usage between facilities and out to the Internet.SAN ExpansionSTATUS - completed OCT 2010The storage area network (SAN) is a place that houses all types of systems data, databases, and BISD personnel storage (U: drive). The SAN has expanded at least once per year for the past few years to accommodate the magnitude of data needing to be stored.E-Learning / Online Learning Management System MigrationSTATUS - completed SEP 2010BISD was using a hosted Blackboard solution to offer online and e-learning courses. Another hosted solution provided called Moodlerooms is now the being used at BISD. All course content underwent a conversion process. The Moodlerooms solution is not only hosting migrated courses, but also the central point for all BISD curriculum and professional development materials.Software CentralizationSTATUS - topic for discussion and future planningThis project will help BISD ensure software licensing compliance and provide change the inventory, purchase, and approval process for software purchases throughout the district.