If you had a chance to attend this year’s Virtual Dude University, then you most likely heard three key themes coming through at many of our sessions: efficiency, risk mitigation and future-proofing.
These themes certainly rang true in our education industry connect sessions. We had over 515 education attendees representing over 215 education organizations join us at 2021 Virtual Dude University to discuss K-12 and higher education and share in a discussion around stimulus funding.
Our higher education kick-off session was led by Brandon Jordan, Sr. Sales Manager and Mike Ficalora, Sr. Product Manager – Energy, and our K-12 kick-off session was led by John White, Sr. Sales Manager, and Dan Mishra, Sr. Director Product Management, Strategic Work & Asset Management. Both education kick-off sessions began with an overview of stimulus funding that has been released into education over the last year. Here’s the breakdown:
John noted, “This is the most money that has gone into public education in the history of public education." With the funding trickling down from a federal, state and local level, many school districts and higher education institutions have their shovel-ready projects ready to go, waiting until the funds are received.
As schools begin to reopen and plan to stay open, education operations professionals are hoping to get back to a normal school year with a better plan. This will require more flexibility to adapt to future changes in order to meet these demands and it will become even more important to manage operations differently, and more creatively.
Whether it’s harnessing new efficiencies, proactively managing your operations to reduce risk, or future-proofing by leveraging your data, Mike highlighted the solutions that empower operations professionals to answer critical questions needed to plan for the future.
Here were some of the client insights the team shared:
It’s imperative that my database is up to date. When it isn’t, it impacts decisions and communications that I’m making.
-Nell Boyle, City of Roanoke, VA
“We had been experiencing mixed results employing different asset management products and solutions that never quite lived up to our expectations. Our results really turned for the better once we started using Capital Predictor and adopted a lifecycle approach to our long-term strategic asset management strategies.
-Dr. Jeff Kirschberg, Rancho California Water District
Lastly, Dan and Mike reviewed some new features in each product category. New features and/or enhancements include: