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How did Operations Health Index responses differ between K-12 and Higher Education institutions when it comes to predictive maintenance and IoT? See how their outlooks compare and why predictive maintenance is changing the industry in our latest blog post.

Dude Solutions recently released its second annual Operations Health Index, a report that provides a look at the current state of education operations by collecting and analyzing responses and data from education professionals nationwide. We drew survey responses from institutions across the education spectrum — K-12 schools from small to large, private and independent schools, and higher education institutions — to assess where operations are at throughout the industry.

We suspected there would be plenty of differences. After all, these facilities have different needs, different challenges, different approaches, budgets, etc. when it comes to their maintenance, safety, technology, event scheduling and energy operations. But, what we found was that educational institutions, regardless of size or classification, actually have a lot in common. That’s not to say there weren’t notable differences — there were — but survey respondents largely echoed similar pain points and perspectives on the current health of their operations.

What We Don’t Want You to Have in Common

In this year’s report, we added two new sections: predictive maintenance (PdM) and Internet of Things (IoT). If those aren’t ringing a bell, a predictive maintenance approach using IoT capabilities allows organizations to move from being reactive to proactive simply by leveraging operational data. It enables institutions to better prioritize their needs, cut time and save money without adding more staff or seeing a jump in budget.

What was concerning in the responses collected in these new sections is that both K-12 and Higher Education organizations share something unfortunate: over half of organizations aren’t utilizing the power of PdM or IoT, and a portion of respondents reported not even knowing what they are.

Here's how the numbers broke down:

Among respondents, 48.5 percent of K-12 schools follow a PdM program, while only 37.3 percent of Higher Education institutions do.


When asked if IoT was part of their maintenance strategy,

12 percent of K-12 respondents said yes,

21.3 percent said they planned to start soon,

24.3 percent reported it was not part of their plans,

14 percent were unsure,

and 27.9 percent weren’t familiar with what IoT is.


When Higher Education professionals were asked the same question,

8 percent said they utilize IoT,

25.3 percent said they would use it soon,

18.7 percent reported no plans to start,

22.7 percent said they weren’t sure,

and 25.3 percent reported not being familiar with IoT.


So What Gives?

Though all organizations realize the need for doing more with less, the data shows that a concerning number of institutions are not using or aware of strategies that could transform their maintenance operations. Both K-12 and Higher Education facilities have a need to maximize their buildings systems and investments, but while PdM and IoT approaches are most effective at doing just that, they don’t seem to be top of mind for many organizations.

After analyzing these responses, we want to know: do you agree with these findings? Where do your organization’s operations fall when it comes to PdM and IoT, and why do you think K-12 responded more favorably to using these strategies?


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