How to Upgrade Networking Infrastructures and Reduce Costs

Moderated by Kevin Hogan, eSchool News, Content Director

Network infrastructure


Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
Duration: 1 hour


“Every change is an opportunity,” is a concept Madison County School System (MCSS) takes very seriously. A recent unified communications implementation encouraged Tommy Whitten, District Technology Coordinator, to take a step back and evaluate the entire 28-school infrastructure. Like most districts, the individual schools had gradually incorporated disparate systems, service providers, and management processes.

Join us to see how Whitten and his staff of seven streamlined network management and deployment from one central data center location for unified communications, servers, the wireless network, and other networking functions. MCSS was able to design a progressive network that immediately gained the district cost savings in the thousands.

Highlights include:

• Consolidating management at one central location reduces CapEx and OpEx

• Standardized systems and deployment accelerated the district’s technology plan

• Tips for evaluating the overall infrastructure for TOC (Total Cost of Ownership)

• Developing plans to maximizing savings – energy, maintenance, management, and hardware expenses

• How MCSS uses technology to attract students away from neighboring school districts


Webinar Speakers

Tommy Whitten
District Technology Coordinator, Madison County Schools

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Tommy Whitten holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in addition to being a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Alabama Army National Guard. His wealth of experience adds to his natural ability to be a cutting edge leader in the world of technology. He has been honored with the “Marbury Technology Innovation Award” given by the Alabama Department of Education and the “Making IT Happen” award from the International Society of Technology in Education. These awards celebrate his dedication to education, successful technology integration, and leadership for Alabama schools. Tommy has leadership and membership positions in: Alabama Educational Technology Association’s (AETA) Executive Board, the Governor’s Task Force on Distance Education, and the ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide) Executive Board; International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).


Chris Koeneman
Vice President of Sales, ADTRAN Bluesocket

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Chris Koeneman has more than 20 years’ experience with leading technology and networking companies. As vice president of sales for ADTRAN Bluesocket, Chris has worked extensively with K-12 districts and private schools to help them cost-effectively scale their wireless network. Chris holds a Masters of Business degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.


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