mindSHIFT brought in a program manager to oversee the new location launches, establish a process and use industry best practices to smoothly deploy technology every time a new school opened. We also transitioned the charter school system to a cloud infrastructure — with servers co-located or hosted at a mindSHIFT data center — and provided internet access and WAN services for all schools, onsite and remote support for all technology and remote backup of services and workstations.
All totaled, mindSHIFT is managing and supporting more than 5,000 Chromebooks™, 2,300 staff workstations, 2,200 student workstations, 1,000-plus mobile devices and approximately 1,300 wireless access points to help ensure reliable connectivity. After stabilizing the IT infrastructure for the charter school system, new needs emerged as they continued to grow and add more schools.
We developed a custom intranet curriculum management application based on Microsoft® SharePoint™ to enable teachers to search for information based on curriculum subjects and grade level. We also migrated the charter school system to Microsoft® Office 365™ when its existing server infrastructure reached end-of-life to reduce infrastructure and hardware costs, add storage capacity and improve the hardware replacement lifecycle.