As students and administrators seek anytime, anywhere access to the cloud, higher ed IT teams must face their fears and get to work.
The cloud is taking over. There is no use fighting it anymore. If you are working in higher education IT, you know that if you don’t provide students with secure and convenient tools to access the cloud, they will find another way. Services like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs and Wunderlist connect students to data stored across the world in a matter of seconds. With the proliferation of these services, the expectations of students on campus have increased dramatically. There is very little patience for archaic e-mail systems, and it’s becoming difficult to block students and faculty from sharing data on your network on a cloud you can’t control.
For many schools, the best answer is to get on board. Services such as Google Apps for Education and Microsoft 365 are not only free but also easy to use, and they are familiar to students. Getting buy-in from your “customers” is key to success and security.
The benefits abound. From cost-savings (pay-as-you-go, and sometimes free) to increased access to resources, the cloud can satisfy IT departments and students alike.
Check out the infographic below and the cloud computing guide for colleges from Edudemic to learn more about how the cloud is changing the way schools approach technology.