Move to the cloud, focus precious resources, and bring campuses together
Antioch University’s move to the cloud brought five campus locations closer together.
- Cloud technology helps Antioch University make five campuses function more like a single, cohesive university
- The cloud frees up IT staff time to focus on more strategic priorities
- Antioch now has greater flexibility in how it continues to evolve operations
Bob DeWitt, Chief Operating Officer, Antioch University
Antioch University is a private, nonprofit university. We've got five locations across the country. Up until the last few years, each of the campuses at Antioch University have been primarily autonomous units. The Board realized that, in order to be viable, the University needed to function as a single university.
We formulated the project that we now call Project 5 to 1 to really have our technology act like we were a single university, reorganizing the institution, standardizing our business practices across the entire institution. Then aligning technology with that—a very big and ambitious project, which we knew we couldn't do on our own.
The primary role of the cloud services in the five to one project was to enable us to fast track our way to having new infrastructure set up, so that we could focus our attention on training users, remapping our business processes, working on implementations—without the infrastructure getting in the way.
I'm a big fan of the cloud being able to fast track our implementation, being able to hand off to Ellucian those things that we know Ellucian can do best. Freeing up staff from having to spend 75% of their time maintaining systems. Giving me confidence that systems are actually being supported in best practice sorts of ways. Giving me confidence that we've got best in class security. Knowing that I've got a built-in disaster recovery solution that I don't have to keep updating and testing in the same way that I might have in the past.
You don't have to do a big bang. You don't have to go all or nothing. And if you have important customizations, you can move them over and continue to use them as is.
You can evolve, and move things in or, actually, out of the cloud again. You can post, or you can actually buy services directly in the cloud, or you can mix them together. For this project, for this huge project that we have, we would be well behind where we are right now, if we hadn't made the decision to put the infrastructure set-up in the hands of the cloud team. We're really glad we did that.