Specialized solutions for K-12 schools, colleges, universities, arts & cultural institutions, developed over a 20+ -year period

Derive Technologies Education & Cultural Institutions solution practice spans private and public organizations, from K-12 schools to colleges and universities to corporate learning, as well as museums, performing arts venues, historical and heritage sites and many more. We have, for the past two decades, helped major not-for-profit and corporate education enterprises to make the most of existing infrastructure and to introduce innovative new business solutions at the most reasonable cost, delivered in accordance with sector-specific budgetary cycles.

Primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, distance learning programs, libraries, museums, galleries, theaters, faith-based organizations, heritage organizations, archives, and many more are challenged with being able to adapt technology to ever-changing teaching, professional, administrative, research, budget and regulatory needs while facing escalating fiscal constraints.

According to a March 2015 e.Republic article, entitled “Top Education Trends Driving K-20 Technology Spending in 2015” (http://www.bit.ly/1QRlIRC ), “The Center for Digital Education’s 2015 Market Forecast for K-12 and higher education finds top trends that are driving the education technology market.” These are – partial list below:

K-12 Schools – Technology Trends & Needs


  • Personalized Learning
  • Digital Content and Curriculum
  • Professional Development
  • Online Testing
  • Mobility; and Common Core/State Standards
  • Networking Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Cybersecurity and Data Security Tools
  • Student Data Privacy
  • Data Management/Analytics
  • Cybersecurity Policy
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and games and gamification


Higher Education – College & University Technology Trends & Needs

  • Optimizing the Use of Technology
  • Defining IT Funding Models
  • Improving Student Outcomes
  • Demonstrating the Business Value of IT
  • Increasing the Capacity for Managing Change
  • Providing User Support
  • Developing Security Policies for Mobile and Cloud
  • Developing an Enterprise (Academic) IT Architecture
  • Balancing Agility, Openness and Security
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and games and gamification


Cultural Organization – Technology Trends & Needs

For cultural organizations, the challenges extend to making content more interactive and securely sharing content in entertaining, enriching and valuable new ways, and making their experiences viable both live and virtually.

  • Virtual exhibitions and presentations
  • Live and on-demand streams
  • Location-based services
  • Kiosks—physical and virtual
  • In-museum/in-gallery beamed data (“beacons”)—rich data with information about works in exhibitions delivered on-demand while in attendance, including audio talks, videos and reviews (via apps and other services)
  • Mobility, bring your own device (BYOD)
  • Digital preservation and archiving—with additional rich and “smart” media
  • Games and gamification
  • Open data and metadata
  • Developing Security Policies for Mobile and Cloud

Derive and our strategic alliance partners, including global leaders such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), HP, Inc., Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Citrix, and others, deliver complete solutions to support all of the needs delineated in e.Republic’s article, and in our current work with, and research on, trends for cultural institutions, into 2016. These comprise new requirements surrounding on-demand, ITaaS, Saas, IoT, on-premise and mobile services and more.

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Derive Education Solutions

Derive helps educational institutions to build digital transition plans, then execute on all processes, technologies, services & purchasing/support contracts to increase innovation & engagement & reduce costs.

Education & Cultural IT Infrastructure & Purchasing

Expert in infrastructure, a certified NY, NJ & US MBE & on NYS OGS, WSCA & US-GSA contracts, Derive cost-effectively supports all IT support & purchasing needs.