December 3, 2019 | Data, LabFind

How LabStats and LabFind Work Together

What does making data driven decisions with LabStats and LabFind really look like?

2 min

LabFind is a game-changer. For the first time, university IT teams can publish changes they make to a lab environment and put directions to tech resources right in students’ hands. LabFind is powered by LabStats and is an important step in the evolution of data-driven decisions.

Ever-tightening budgets and limited campus space have many universities asking if computer labs are even needed. Software costs are rising, leading schools to make tough cuts and change how, when and where students can get to the resources they need. 

To solve these complex problems, universities need to turn to data. The need to make data-driven decisions isn’t just important, it’s urgent. Three leaders in higher education technology: Educause, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and the National Association of College and University Business Offices (NACUBO) released a joint statement advocating for change:

“For every year we fail to use data effectively to improve operations or to make better financial and business decisions, we threaten the financial sustainability of our institutions. The stakes are too high.” 

So what does it look like to use data to drive decisions like software purchasing and deployment?

The Evolution of Data-Driven Decisions

Without data, software licensing often needs to exceed actual student demand to ensure a good student experience. 

Stage 1 – Without Data

Nothing is known. Without data, IT teams don’t know what students need or where they need it. They purchase and deploy software per faculty requests and their best assumptions. This is where the site-wide software license model thrives. It’s inefficient and expensive.

With data, software license purchasing can be right-sized and assets deployed strategically according to student use. Some tools, such as LabMaps, help with discoverability.

Stage 2 – With LabStats

A little data can go a long way. Just knowing how many times an application was launched in the past month can help you make better decisions about licensing needs. So what can a lot of data provide?

LabStats computer lab monitoring software gives universities extensive insight into software usage. You can see when an application was launched, how long it was actively used, where it was accessed and much more. With campus-wide data over the course of a semester or year, you can start to deploy strategically. You can answer questions like, “Do we really need Adobe on every computer in the Library?”

With LabFind, availability and student perception of availability can perfectly align, allowing drastic reduction of software licenses while improving the student experience.

Stage 3 – With LabFind

Improve the student experience. Actual availability is very different from student perception of availability. If students know exactly where to go to find what they need, you can drastically reduce licenses to fit only what’s needed. LabFind is a mobile app that lets students search for computers, software and other tech resources, and then puts directions to those resources right on their phones.

LabFind makes the tech on your campus more discoverable, so even if you have fewer licenses, students can easily find what they need. To learn how LabStats and LabFind work together to help your school make data-driven decisions, schedule a walkthrough.