Don Trauntvein, Jr., isn’t your average network administrator. Working for a school district in southeastern Idaho, Trauntvein covers a lot of ground - literally - and is pushed to the limits of his daily duties thanks to 19 different school buildings that rely on his technical savvy to keep all systems operational around the clock.
What Trauntvein is happy to share is that that he’s developed a way to streamline his network management duties and save his district more than $1.4-million over the past three years since moving some of his administrative duties to a mobile platform; what he doesn’t want you to know is that thanks to all the time he’s saved using mobile applications to monitor the health of his networks, he secretly spends a few hours every month using Google Maps to help plot out next generation cross country courses for his school’s long distance running teams.
We heard his story and just had to lace up our running shoes and do a few laps with him for this inaugural installment of “What’s In Your Phone?”
The following is a conversation we had with Trauntvein to hear his take on the mobile management of the networks and operational systems at Bonneville School District #93.
Dave Sniadak: How has the implementation of mobile technology made you a more valuable resource to your organization?
Don Trauntvein: One of my jobs is maintaining the heating and ventilation systems for 19 different schools. Being in an office is okay, but to be in a building and seeing the controls working correctly is way better. Between my phone and iPad, I can control all the buildings, work on my documents, and present information to the school board. Plus, the voice recorder and camera mean I don’t have to lug around paper or forms. Everything is done online. I rarely use my printer anymore.
Sniadak: That probably means you can get out and meet with the various facilities managers more, get greater face time with the decision makers, and