New cloud infographic reveals the technology is transforming institutions

cloud-technology-institutions Cloud computing is nothing new, but how higher education institutions are using the technology has certainly become innovative. By using data storage for everything from student loan information to class schedules, having an ease of sharing between universities, and moving critical systems to better implement BYOD practices, higher education is quickly becoming the leaders in cloud technology…but what are some specifics in how they use it?

“The reality for IT in higher education is that the overall environment continues to increase in complexity with issues such as BYOD,” says Vivántech. “Limited resources at private colleges and reduced state allocations at public institutions result in calls for IT departments to do more with same or less budget.  Day-to-day pressures of managing IT services leaves less time to focus on strategic plans. Recruiting and training specialized skill sets such as DBA’s is becoming more difficult. These issues, in conjunction with elevated expectations of students and faculty, are pushing institutions to find better and more cost effective ways to provide technology services.”

One of the major ways to complete these goals is with cloud technology.

According to TechJournal’s infographic on schools and the cloud, 28 percent of institutions surveyed are adopting cloud services, 29 percent are planning cloud initiatives and 32 percent are in the discovery stage. Only 5 percent are not considering cloud initiatives. Additionally, 76 percent of higher-ed cloud users reduced costs by moving applications to the cloud with an average savings of 21 percent.

In a more recent infographic created by Pulp-PR–using sources like CDW, EdTech Magazine, Faronics, Harvard, and Amazon—the top higher-ed uses of the cloud are revealed, as well as the top 5 higher-ed cloud-based tools, and the top institutions using the cloud.

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