We Are Manage1to1

Solving a Need

Manage1to1 was founded by two business partners (at the time coworkers) at a public school. When a 1:1 deployment was started in 2009, there was nothing on the market available to catalog the impressive amount of information we needed to store. We began by using our library software and then a combination of spreadsheets, Access databases and the library software. We quickly realized that this method was pretty cumbersome and incomplete for our needs. After a few years of coding at night, Manage1to1 was born, intended for internal use. Little did we know, this is where the entire journey would begin.

Manage1to1 is a cloud hosted K-12 Help Desk, Asset Manager, User Manager and Incident Platform designed to manage to data generated from your 1:1 deployment. Our features, which also include a Billing/Invoicing Suite, all allow you to get a handle on where your deployment is and the associated costs. Reporting and detailed statistics give you a comprehensive view into your deployment to allow you to make informed decisions

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Our History

2012 Starting Manage1to1
Our Birth

Manage1to1 started life in 2012 in many late-night coding sessions, when spreadsheets and Access databases were simply not enough to document all of the necessary information. Even with a relatively small department, we ran into logistical issues with single students causing multiple breakage events, that went unnoticed because of the inability to perform lookups easily. We needed a tool that would allow us to gather data in a quick and efficient manner.

2013 One Year Later
Harnessing Data

After a full year of writing code, we were able to deploy a solution that fulfilled most of our needs. We were able to look up students individually, search for devices and also have full searchable historical data. This was a huge step forward, although the user interface was not anything to brag about! We were able to easily store notes and damage reports now, but more was to come.

 

Quickly we were realizing how much information we were “missing” by not having a system we could go through and gather datapoints out of. Excel only worked so well, and tracking year to year changes was nearly impossible. With a district of nearly 2000 students and over 1100 1:1 devices (not including teachers), we simply didn’t have time to constantly go back to past years to compare data, check for repeat offenders, etc.

 
2015 Time to Go Public
More Improvements

This was the year that we were able to really focus on making improvements. We had a full year of using this new system under our belt and we had added features such as invoice creation, exporting of data, and password management. To think, all of this was done in the spare time at home, what could we do if we dedicated our full day to it?

This was also an interesting year because neighboring districts began coming to our district to learn about our successes and failures. We had just begun our 5th year of 1:1, so we had a lot of information to share. One thing that kept coming up was how important it was to have a tool. So when we showed the homemade tool we had, the districts looking really liked the tool and asked about how to obtain it.

 
2016 Launching Manage1to1
Four Years Later…

Four years after our nighttime project began, we decided to leave the school district at the end of the 2015-2016 year and focus on our product fully. We had launched Manage1to1 to the public in the summer of 2016! Immediately, we had several districts sign on, so they could be prepared for their 2016-2017 school year. We had a user interface that was presentable, but the features that were there was the key to our initial success!

2018 Continuous Improvement
Major Changes and Enhancements

Two years after venturing out on the “one man shop” of Manage1to1 deployment, we have a small team built up to work on enhancements. We were lucky enough to employ former school employees who really understood the market and able to lead the development in the correct direction. The user interface got better and better and it was feeling like a “real” product now!

 
2020 Astonishing Growth
A New Challenge

2020 proved to be a new adventure for everyone. We had major features lined up, but when the pandemic struck, we had a huge influx of new districts that were suddenly tossed into a 1:1 environment. This allowed us to help many new districts with getting their 1:1 going successfully, but it also caused us to slow down on development while we assisted. We were able to provide a refreshed user interface and many features however, but this onboarding of new districts was also a great thing. It provided us with a lot of new ideas and suggestions!

 

Our Leadership

Michael B.

Systems Architect

Former K-12 Systems Engineer

Marcus A.

Sr. Developer

Former K-12 Technology Coordinator