“Over the years we’ve developed a lot of trust in CompNow,” Konrad says. From its deep understanding of the school’s needs, CompNow proposed an innovative design for a comprehensive, modern network that was “beyond the Department for Education standard”.
Jenny Johns, Unley High School’s Deputy Principal, says: “Because CompNow is on the Department’s Site IT Support (SITS) panel, it’s very reassuring to know they’re authorised to build and maintain school IT networks, with the connections to its processes and specifications for protocols.”
CompNow’s recommendation of Aruba’s core & edge switching and wireless network, filled the brief for Konrad because “it was an advanced solution, but affordable. For a school, we have an enterprise grade network that is the foundation of all our teaching and learning needs.”
Aruba Airwave Management tool enables the IT team to troubleshoot and configure the school’s network of 178 indoor & outdoor access points. The updated Aruba core switch now provides us with enough networking headroom for us to expand the edge as there are future refurbishments and building works still to come.
“With all our upgrages, we have future proofed our school, as we plan to have our core business systems stored off-site.”
The benefit of Aruba is that it doesn’t lock UHS into a particular brand or product. We can change direction at any time without having to do a whole refresh and we have confidence in the professional advice from CompNow for that support,” Konrad says.
The latest project at UHS was a switch firmware upgrade, conducted during the school holidays and he says: “I prefer having CompNow onsite to oversee the work. Their engineering prowess is great. Everyone knows what they’re doing, they come up with all the answers we need and they’re very good mentors.”
Over time, CompNow has proven its worth in improving student engagement and pedagogy at UHS.
Jenny says: “CompNow helps us put all the right software and hardware tools – and the vital skills training – in teachers’ hands.
“Our purpose was to release teachers from being stuck in the corner of the class to a desktop. The introduction of MacBook Airs for all staff (combined with Vivi screen mirroring) changed the classroom dynamic. Teachers were free to be mobile, so pedagogy could take a step up.”
CompNow manages the school’s BYOD program including Windows & Apple laptops & tablets. A Jamf server, recommended by CompNow, sits within the system and can be externally accessed so new students can set up Apple devices prior to their first day.
“CompNow looks after the inside and outside of our onboarding. That alone saves us 2-3 weeks of work at the beginning of each year. The number of middle school students’ iPads requiring assistance in the classroom is just about nil. So we’re free to do other more important work,” Konrad says.
Further extending its service to UHS, CompNow provides appropriate onsite resourcing to cover when the school’s team of five IT staff take leave.