Hot technology trends in higher education

These higher education trends are helping institutions leverage technology solutions

technology-trends-higher-educationEnterprise-level technology continues to evolve at a furious pace, and with the growing operational and technological complexity of our higher education institutions, school administrators and executives charged with IT responsibilities can be left scratching their heads trying to understand and navigate their options.

Higher education decision makers are eyeing ways to better understand, plan for, and execute around the technology trends that will impact their organizations in 2014.

Based on our own first-hand conversations with education leaders and executives, and observations during the first half of the year, several top-of-mind themes and challenges consistently emerge.

Cloud and Virtualization

The widespread adoption of cloud-based services has sparked considerable changes in higher ed. The movement to the cloud has been seen as an opportunity to address critical issues on college and university campuses, such as email services, curriculum services, Enterprise Resource Planning and Software-as-a-Service. While many institutions have invested in virtualized servers for a number of years, many are virtualizing desktops for cost savings as well as alternate delivery approaches.

Technology leaders are looking to use virtual desktops within shared computer labs as well as to provide access to applications on student personal desktops and through a student’s personal device. Virtualized desktops are also being used to replace PCs for administrative desktops in an effort to save money and improve security.

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