This is the last of a six-part series on the cloud. While I’ve addressed a number of topics, I think a natural conclusion would be to emphasise the idea of choice.
In my first blog, I stressed the importance of letting institutional strategy drive cloud strategy—a concept reinforced in each subsequent blog. Every institution has different goals, priorities, and resources and therefore different technology needs. Fortunately, migrating to the cloud is not a one-time, one-size-fits-all endeavor.
Many clients who are new to the cloud ask me which applications and data to migrate first. I tell them to identify opportunities to make the highest impact on the institution’s most important goals in the shortest amount of time.
Migrating to the cloud is not a one-time, one-size-fits-all solution. Each institution needs to choose how much or how little to migrate and at what pace. When thinking about the cloud, start with your end goals—those related to student and institutional success. Then work backward to make choices and investments that will get you where you want to go.
There’s no question that the cloud has important implications for higher education. Most institutions already use some form of cloud-based software, whether in the classroom or for administrative purposes. But the majority of these integrations have occurred gradually and amid cautious optimism.
Remember when people talked about “the cloud” as if it were some vague futuristic concept? Few people claimed to know exactly what the cloud was, or how it worked. But just about everybody agreed that it was going to change the future of computing in higher education.
No matter how promising a new technology innovation might sound to your institution, the choice to invest in new tools and resources comes down to a business decision — or what finance teams call a “cost-benefit” analysis.
The cloud has quickly evolved from a trendy buzzword into a critical asset for college and university IT departments. While administrators have wisely approached the cloud with caution in the past, the trend is clear: More institutions are adopting cloud services to address very specific challenges.
Whether your institution has decided to go all-in on the cloud or continues to take a wait-and-see approach, here are four proven benefits of the technology that every college IT administrator should consider when deciding where to go from here.