Stephen Mirante is the VP of Sales and Strategic Relations for FileWave, one of CoSN’s Platinum Sponsors, where he oversees the national sales and sales engineering teams. FileWave develops multi-platform endpoint management software that provides IT Administrators with an all-inclusive suite designed to secure and manage devices, applications, and content from one easy-to-use console.
Stephen began his career in the telecommunications industry, where he spent four years working for a major wireless carrier. It was during this unique time that cell phones were beginning to evolve into more than just devices used to talk with friends.
Phones with color screens, walkie-talkie features, and text messaging were all new concepts. Being at the forefront of this technological shift allowed Stephen to experience these new innovations right as they happened. In fact, his unique perspective landed him in an article about text messaging.
Foray into the education technology field
After leaving the telecommunications giant, Stephen worked on the leadership team for a major big box home improvement retailer in four Indiana locations. During his tenure, Stephen supported the rollout of mobile devices to all of their stores, becoming one of the first big box retailers to adopt mobile technology.
Advice for school district technology leaders
When starting a new initiative, the first step is to listen to students and educators to properly assess their needs, as this will help with both acceptance and finding the best solution. Once needs have been identified, it’s important to work with a vendor who can not only meet your technical needs, but also act as a partner to your organization and provide in-depth knowledge.
What do you think is the future of Ed Tech?
Every student will have a device, either a personal device or one provided by the school district. Students who aren’t able to attend school for various reasons will be able to connect remotely to a classroom.
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