Leveraging cutting edge technology to improve the learning process in higher education is something most universities strive towards but often struggle to afford. Bill Thirsk, vice president and chief information officer of Marist College, a medium-sized liberal arts university in New York tells Business Cloud News that technology, particularly cloud and Big Data, is essential to how the school improves the learning outcomes of its students.

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Marist College, which is located on the east bank of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, is well known for its use of technology, having been identified recently by Forbes and The Princeton Review as one of the top 25 most connected campuses in the US.

Thirsk says technology also plays a critical role in training the next generation of datacentre managers, data scientists, and enterprise IT’ specialists at the University.

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