Chicago Public Schools: How Greater Visibility of Software Assets is Saving Money

Chicago Public Schools is the third largest school district in the United States. Their vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career and life.

The school district employs 40,000 staff in hundreds of buildings across the Chicago area. As part of its commitment to expanding technology in classrooms and driving efficiency, the District needed to understand their application footprint and identify opportunities to consolidate and save money across their increasingly diverse computing infrastructure.

Paul Valente, Managed Services Support Lead at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), had considered an application  rationalization strategy, but there were big challenges for the short-staffed IT team. He knew that with the number of devices they managed, the opportunity for savings in labor and spending could add up quickly.

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They utilize Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for discovery, but the sheer amount of data collected required a lot of manual sorting, categorizing, and collating in order to come up with an accurate inventory of software titles and versions. When management asked for the number of installations for a certain application, it often took over four man hours to come up with an accurate figure to satisfy the request. With an average of 50 such requests each year, his team was spending 200 hours per year manipulating System Center data. When he learned about the Flexera solution, he jumped on the opportunity to try it out.

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