Easiest. Install. EVER.
I have a policy that any software purchase by anyone in the school has to be done through the IT department. There are several stated reasons for this:
- To check that the software actually works on a domain with a non-admin logon.
- To check it doesn’t have ridiculous copy protection measures such as having to have the CD in the drive (our lab machines don’t have CD drives).
- To ensure we shop around for the best price (instead of being suckered by a single overpriced supplier who happened to send a mailshot to a teacher).
- To make sure we actually buy the right number of licenses (we’ve all had requests to install single user editions on an entire lab – or more – and refusal often offends).
However, there are also some unofficial reasons. One of these is to make sure we’re not wasting the school’s money on utter junk. Another reason is to prevent the situation we had this week:
- I was passed some new software for install that had just been bought by a department head.
- I looked at the CD case and realised I’d installed software from this manufacturer before so it would probably be nice and easy.
- I looked a bit harder and realised it was in fact the same software I installed before, that we had owned a site licence for since before I worked at the school, and that was installed on the department head’s computer in 2010.
A quick visit to the teacher in question revealed that the software was in fact on the Start Menu under their department folder, and was working just fine.
They had just forgotten it existed, and never actually used it. Still, it made for an easy install.