Cloud Computing & SaaS


A Free Cloud Library for Students with Disabilities

Bookshare just celebrated its 10th anniversary as a provider of digital accessible materials to students with print disabilities. More than 190,000 people--mostly students--have access to the cloud-based library and its 135,000 titles.

SaaS Expenditures To Reach $15 Billion This Year

Organizations are putting more of their IT budgets into software as a service (SaaS). According to a report from market research firm Gartner, spending on SaaS will reach nearly $15 billion this year and will grow to more than $22 billion in 2015.

Report: Gartner Says Computing is Shifting to the Personal Cloud

A new report from Gartner suggests that by 2014 users will store more of their data in the cloud than on their personal computers.

Weighing the Cloud: OpEx versus CapEx

Cloud vendors tout the benefits of paying for cloud services as operating expenses, rather than raising capital funds for infrastructure projects on campus. But the calculus is not as simple as that.

7 Keys to a Successful Cloud Contract

A college attorney explains seven legal issues that institutions need to consider before signing a cloud computing contract.



Alamo Colleges Shift to Cloud-Based LMS in Near-Million Dollar Deal

Five colleges in San Antonio will be migrating to a new learning management system over the next 10 months.

Desire2Learn Forms Alliance with Microsoft To Extend Cloud-Based Products

Desire2Learn, a provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms for K-12 and higher education institutions, has signed a four-year Windows Azure global alliance agreement with Microsoft.

Google's Apps for Education and the New Privacy Policy

Will Google's new privacy policy affect the agreements the company has with universities and colleges? According to Google, the short answer is no, but with a nuance.

5 New Schools Sign on for Microsoft's Office 365

Microsoft is attracting higher education to the cloud as schools begin deploying Office 365, Microsoft's paid follow-on act to Live@edu.

Sitting on Cloud Mine

In a mobile world, cloud-based personal-storage services make it easier to manage documents across devices, and to collaborate with peers and students.