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I’ll be at this year’s TIES Conference next Monday and Tuesday doing a couple presentations, connecting with old friends and colleagues, and scoping out the vendors. If you’re in the neighborhood, here’s the info on my presentations. I decided to go a little more geeky for a change this year. Now I just have to do the last bit of cramming to get ready.

Introducing Virtualization Technology: Options, Implementation and ROI

Monday, Dec 10, 11:20 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Virtualization technology in the data center is revolutionizing the way servers are deployed and managed. Participants in this session will review current virtualization technologies, see a demonstration of VMware and hear how Buffalo schools achieved a one-year return on investment of over 100 percent by virtualizing most of its servers.

Implementing IT Best Practices: A District Case Study

Tuesday, Dec 11, 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.
The Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District is in its first year of implementing the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practice standards for IT service management. Participants in this session will learn about ITIL and gain insights into one district’s successes and challenges reengineering key aspects of its IT support system.

See you there!

One of the industry rags I like to read is eWeek. It’s just the right size for casual consumption between meetings or, in my case, while waiting for the flight attendents to announce that I can take out my laptop. The October 22 issue has an article entitled “5 Steps To Better IT Job Security,” and it meshes nicely with my previous pos^H^H^Hrant about some IT directors.

The second step is “Lose control without losing”:

Gartner, in an Aug. 15 report titled “Anarchy Knocking at the Gates of IT Security,” rationalized that if “no” is the default response from the IT department, user populations will simply conspire against IT, creating an endless game of whack-a-mole.

“But you can’t just relax control,” Robin Simpson, Gartner analyst, wrote in the report’s summary. “You need to delineate between the business and personal computing worlds so they can work side-by-side and the boundary can be secured.”

IT professionals will make more meaningful relationships within their organizations by ceasing to say “no” by default, and instead asking, “How do we allow good things to happen safely?” Mann said.

“Move beyond ‘How do I control everything’ to ‘How do I keep things in order,'” Mann said. “Learn to lose control without losing control.”

Industry is realizing that they can’t completely control their employees’ technology use even if they wanted to. That’s why I favor an collaborative approach that engages with teachers and students to identify and implement innovative tech-rich teaching and learning strategies. I’m not smart enough to do it by myself.