Higher education proves resistant to outsourcing technology

Just six percent of colleges store their school data on off-campus servers.

Campus technology leaders who propose outsourcing their website hosting, network storage, and data warehousing should prepare for raucous laughter.

In 2005—before eMail outsourcing was commonplace—Kyle James, then a marketing consultant at a small liberal arts college in South Carolina, suggested during a staff meeting that the school move all student eMail accounts to Google’s Gmail.

“They laughed me right out of the room,” said James, now CEO and co-founder of interactive map company NuCloud. “I just threw it out there as an option, and they made it perfectly clear that it would, in fact, not be an option.”…Read More