Chromebooks are modern devices that facilitate collaborative work at a distance and deliver impressive results with lower costs (compared to standard Windows devices). Moreover, when paired with Google Workspace, Chromebooks become highly-efficient in all sorts of industries.
Noah’s Ark Inc. offers a range of services and programs that support families who have a child with a disability or additional needs in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, and surrounding areas.
Most of their services are delivered in a home or chosen environment (e.g. Primary School, Child Care, Preschool, Before/After School Care).
The organization faced the challenge of supporting a mobile workforce while using a robust and cost-effective device. As such, they decided to a solution from a Google Partner who could offer expert advice and even help set up an Admin Console for all the devices they were using.
Since all the applications used by their staff are cloud-based, we considered that it would be more cost-effective and less time-consuming to migrate from a variety of Windows-based devices (SurfacePro and 2-in-1 Laptops) to Chromebook devices.
We managed to provide Chromebooks for about 15-20% of existing staff and all new members of the staff are issued a Chromebook. Moreover, we had a pilot group for training and learned we must focus on teaching staff how to use Office 365 through a browser and not the Chromebook itself.
We also had to find the right print software, one that was compatible with the organization’s networked printers (DirectPrint.io was selected).
However, once we passed all these hurdles, the use of Chromebooks as the main device for the organization proved a wise choice. The activity is smoother, people don’t waste time waiting for their devices to boot up, and communication is far easier.
“the rollout of Chromebooks is meeting project expectations of:
1) mobile staff having devices that work for the whole day without need to recharge, and
2) provided cost savings greater than 50% to manage and maintain our fleet of devices.” Peter Davies, IT Systems Manager, Noah’s Arc.
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