About a month ago, I put out an open invitation on Cool Solutions: Let me tag along with you for a day, and I will bring you donuts, take you to lunch, and promise not to try to sell you anything.
Johnnie Odom, of Escambria County Schools, took me up on my offer. I had an amazing day with Johnnie and his district team, seeing our products working first hand in their environment. I'd never visited with an ISD before, and I was astonished by the unique complexities they face in their particular kind of distributed environment. I was impressed by their sophisticated usage of Open Enterprise Server (and yes, NetWare still), GroupWise, Identity Manager and ZENworks, especially with so few professionals for dozens of sites and tens-of-thousands of users.
But the biggest revelation I had after my day with Johnnie was when I asked him about who is his #1 "client": teachers? administrators? parents? students? Johnnie took a moment and had a thoughtful answer: "the entire educational process," and then he proceeded to tell me about Pensacola, FL, their economy and society. See, when I met Johnnie, I thought I was meeting the network manager, but when I left Johnnie, I realized that I had spent time with a guy who takes very seriously his real job of helping to educate the kids of Escambia County, who can then go on to improve the State of Florida.
I was blown away. Johnnie and his very capable colleagues, use our products to help to educate students and improve economies. It's not just file & print & network access. It's creating opportunity for kids in NW Florida. THAT is cool.
If you use our stuff to do cool things, drop me a line. I'd like to know about it.
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