Cloud Computing Gains Traction in Higher Ed

Just a couple of months ago, Campus Technology named Cloud Computing one of the Top Five Trends in 2012.  Simply put, the cloud makes sense for higher education because it is:

  • Scalable – the technology can grow and shrink based on user load and demand
  • Accessible – information is quickly and easily available
  • Cost-Effective – resources can be shared and schools can reduce their hardware and infrastructure costs

If you haven’t already seen it, check out University Business’ recently published cloud article, “ERP in the Ethers,” in its March issue.  I found it to be really insightful and was especially glad to see so much perspective from the mouths of schools themselves. In fact, one of our own customers contributed his thoughts to the piece:

“Projects can move rapidly in the cloud because it is scalable, says Jeff Barratt, executive director of Emily Griffith Technical College, located in Denver. His staff— and budget—is freed up for other projects by using a SaaS SIS from TopSchool, because he doesn’t have to invest in hardware resources. We don’t have to worry about backups and server farms, he says.”

Cloud Computing is changing the way schools operate.  Whether through the development of small projects or the migration of core systems, the cloud is starting to play a vital role in higher education.

To quote Reed Sheard, VP of Advancement and Information Technology at Westmont College, in a eCampus News article, “…the more we are able to move into the cloud the more dynamic, versatile, accessible, connectable, and valuable our data and services become.

At TopSchool, we are encouraged to see so many schools not only considering the cloud, but taking steps to realize its IT, operational and financial strengths.  These benefits are a major reason why we were one of the first SIS players to offer a SaaS model.  A system that can grow with a school, deliver information from various places, and meet budget requirements makes sense not only for schools themselves, but also the students they serve.

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