"I have worked with New Era for more than 10 years now, their service level is excellent, nothing is too much trouble and I always know that I am getting the best up to date advice on e-learning initiatives and infrastructure."
“We like the fact that the team from New Era IT listened to what we had to say...they took the time to explain the various options we could select and made recommendations based on their experience. They didn’t try to force any particular solution on us and genuinely wanted to give us the best fit for our needs.”
"We have been absolutely satisfied with all of New Era's help. They give us exemplary service. We would have no hesitation what-so-ever in recommending their services to any school in New Zealand. We couldn't have come so far so fast without their exemplary support."
"Over the past 6 months the modern learning environment journey has proceeded at an unprecedented rate for Aorere College." Says Greg Pierce, Principal at Aorere College. "This has been due to students, staff, New Era and the Aorere community working collectively towards a common goal", continues Mr Pierce. Students at the college deserve to be learning in a progressive and future focused environment with regards to both infrastructure and educational pedagogy.
“We were in the process of implementing Network 4 Learning’s (N4L) ultra fast broadband managed network service at our main facility in Taradale,” she explains. “This gave us the choice of adopting a cloud-based alternative to the server upgrade. We started to research our options and spoke with other schools in similar circumstances. The more we looked, the more we found that New Era had an excellent reputation for supporting schools and that they understood the issues facing administrators in a dynamic ICT environment. So I contacted them to begin the discussion.”
In addition to the upgrade, New Era helped Rector Jackson draw up a strategic three-year plan. “We are in the process of another upgrade and I have complete confidence in the advice that New Era provides,” he says. “They are very good at providing a set of options with the pros and cons of each. They understand the various funding and administrative requirements that schools operate under and help us make the right decisions. In short, the team from New Era have helped us come to terms with ICT and have given us the confidence to move forward.”
Northern Health School, with 17 regional offices and more than 120 full- and part-time staff, has realised a 40% reduction in telecommunications costs after installing Microsoft Lync to manage their voice and data applications.
But those savings are just the beginning. “Once we roll out Lync to our home-based students and enable teachers and students to collaborate on-line,” says NHS Principal Richard Winder, “we’ll be able to significantly reduce drive times so that teachers can spend more time instructing and less time driving. And on top of that Lync itself offers a raft of capabilities - such as video-conferencing, digital diaries, point-of-presence - that are already making huge improvements in the way we communicate amongst ourselves and students. Microsoft Lync has been a game changer for us.”
"Our priorities in moving to the cloud were to have a service that was reliable, allowed anytime anywhere access and was high performing. The cost factor was also important, allowing budgeting across the year to be more effective. Eduserve served all of the purposes to the letter and has been an excellent addition to our endeavours to future proof our school."
After engaging New Era IT for their networking and associated ICT requirements, the College’s network hums along smoothly in the background. “Since the installation of an array of IBM servers to power our network,” says Williams, “it never goes down."
With close to 1100 students and more than 100 staff, Whangarei Girls High School is embracing IBM technology to enhance student learning experiences and to support the efficient operations of the school
We had our own internal ICT resource,” says Anne Cooper, Principal of WGHS and member of the ICT Committee, “but we were becoming nervous about having just one individual as our entire ICT support staff. When he went on break we had nobody to turn to. Plus we wanted to investigate newer technologies - such as wireless - and his expertise didn’t cover this area. We knew about New Era IT, of course, as they are sponsors of SPANZ (Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand) and have a high profile in the education sector. I asked some of my peers who were New Era IT clients about their services and received quite favourable feedback. In addition, our executive officer asked the same questions of other execs - they have a different set of criteria - and received similar reports.”
Before Baradene engaged
with New Era in 2010, their ICT resources were adequate, but the amount of time
teaching staff spent maintaining the network was becoming problematic.
With New Era as their ICT partner,
Baradene has been able to design, build and configure a new IBM-powered server
room, install a state-of-the-art network to support any number of educational
initiatives, embrace new technologies such as UFB (ultra-fast broadband), BYOD
(bring your own device) and VoIP (voice over internet protocol) and keep
everything running smoothly with a full-time New Era technician on-site.