Like a wide range of industries, higher education institutions have adopted cloud solutions that offer a variety of immediate and longer-term benefits specific to the needs of universities and colleges.

Cloud computing is especially effective in supporting content services platforms that aggregate documents and information across multiple repositories to connect disparate applications. Content services are integral elements of a comprehensive digital transformation strategy, according to Gartner.

By moving to the cloud, higher education institutions can support the current shift to virtual learning, which may become a long-term trend and give IT staff more time to focus on improving the student experience and ramping up virtual learning programs. In addition, cloud access enables remote, work-from-home processes and empowers staff by providing access to information with intuitive experiences on any browser or device, from any location

An IDG survey of CIOs, CTOs and other technology leaders companies with 250+ employees found three top three reasons to adopt cloud solutions – all directly relevant for higher education.

Disaster recovery. Sometimes, the worst happens. Cloud solutions offer better disaster recovery capabilities, including the ability to replicate content in multiple locations. For higher education, that means students and staff can get up and running as soon as possible after an emergency.

About the Author:

Sheryl Altschuler is a Solution Marketing Manager at Hyland.