Optimizing the cloud on college campuses

Cloud computing is becoming commonplace these days. Whether with personal software downloads, Amazon or iTunes purchases, use of the cloud has increased to the point where it’s a viable, everyday option.

Cloud computing has proven key to IT offices with stagnant budgets.

In higher education, where budget constraints and demand for IT resources often limit choices, cloud computing can add real value, especially in the areas of Admissions and Enrollment.

As with any technology purchase, the extras make all the difference. Most cloud vendors can guarantee a secure hosting environment as well as the timely patches and upgrades that go along with it.

The benefits of remote hosting also offer an assist to disaster recovery plans. As the platform has matured, the way cloud computing is implemented has become as important as the security and dependability it delivers.

Exploit the Opportunity

It has long been said that a system implementation provides the best opportunity to revisit business process and introduce new methods and services. Unfortunately, outcomes often fall far short of the expectations generated by all the sales hype.

There is a distinct difference between adopting a pre-made solution and partnering to create one tailored to the strategic goals and priorities of your organization. Beware of vendors that tout the virtues of cloud-based product but provide an implementation experience identical to the typical on-campus install.

The cloud allows for continuous updates, enabling frequent and incremental enhancement—and this should be key part of your competitive strategy.

While some may make the case that the only difference is where the software is run, we beg to differ. The cloud discussion should be about efficiency and agility.

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