Denver schools overhauling tech infrastructure

Denver's public school system is overhauling its maintenance and work management processes, as well as re-engineering its existing technology infrastructure to ensure Year 2000-compliance, through a contract that is scheduled for completion in December.

Denver Public Schools selected Indus International to manage the maintenance processes districtwide for more than 130 buildings and 650 vehicles, in addition to any construction projects that come along during that time.

The need to replace management systems that were not Year 2000-compliant pushed DPS to make the award and begin overhauling its maintenance systems.

"Maintenance was the last application with a Y2K issue, and when we realized Indus could provide the technology in time, [we saw] there would be no need to rewrite the programs, which would have been temporary because the plan was to replace it anyway," said Ron Huston, chief of information and technology services for DPS.

San Francisco-based Indus will employ its "solution series" to provide the schools with the information and tools necessary to control vehicles, buildings, equipment and construction activities by automating the maintenance activities and work management processes.

"When we're done, not only their facilities but their fleet of vehicles will be using our asset management software," said Kerry Lamson, senior vice president of marketing for Indus, adding that the package includes software and services valued at $2 million, as well as implementation and support.

"The functionality will be very robust and allow the district to stay on top of its maintenance use -- and planning and budgeting use -- technologically," said Janet Pritchett, Indus project manager at DPS.

DPS also called on Indus to re-engineer its technology infrastructure to meet Year 2000 requirements, and the two are partnering on a study to gauge the costs associated with repairing factory warranty assets while estimating savings from avoiding overall maintenance costs.

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