Calgary Arts Academy (CAA) is a progressive public Kindergarten to Year 9 Charter School that teaches the Alberta Education Curriculum through Arts Immersion– their own unique planning model. Every year the school continues to evolve in all areas, including the way technology is used.
With 30 offices and sites spanning different-sized communities and rural locations, they struggled to stay connected in an efficient manner. When Brian Eshpeter – Director of IT – came on board, different locations were using a wide variety of voice providers and technology. This led to extensive maintenance, with manual updates to directories on top of re-wiring and configuring any time someone relocated. The general consensus was that it shouldn’t be so difficult to get in touch with your colleagues, and they began assessing alternatives.
Two years ago they were on a 26MBit connection through another provider and it was not meeting the needs of either of their middle school or elementary campuses. The cost to increase their bandwidth to even double that capacity was daunting, even with a government subsidy.
“When we heard about iTel, we were excited to see if this was the solution we were looking for,” says Roy Miguens, Director of IT.
They now have 100Mbit symmetrical connections at both campuses, for a reasonable cost increase over the former provider solution.
“We no longer worry about paying overages due to the data, and are finally able to use newer technologies, such as Sesame, for student assessment. With our old data connections, this would be an impossible task,” says Miguens. He also shares that after a year of using the service, “we are very happy with the level of service, support, and the ability to grow our use of technology in new ways.”
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