According to research firm Gartner, several converging forces will influence IT in the coming year.
Many schools don't have the resources or the expertise to identify the right cloud provider or to negotiate an ironclad contract. For schools in the MHEC and WICHE consortia, though, all that's about to change.
For cloud implementations, consortia can do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to due diligence and contract negotiations--and they can save schools a lot of money.
Colleges and universities in 12 midwestern states now have the option as consortium partners of using cloud storage, virtual machine hosting, and Web hosting.
MOOCs may seem to be at the tip of every IT leader's tongue these days, but the No. 1 concern for IT in higher education is staff and skills development.
By migrating to a cloud-based platform, Bucknell's library services have improved the school's research capabilities while drastically cutting costs.
Azusa Pacific Online University in California and Naropa University in Colorado have implemented a managed service to provide daily support services, software updates, and hosted and cloud services.
Researchers who need to process vast amounts of data can buy an HPC cluster or rent a cloud-based solution. Increasingly, though, scholars are opting for a third, hybrid option.
Three universities that are preparing to launch open, online courses have selected a cloud-based system as a platform for those courses--including Arizona State University, which is launching a "global classroom" in conjunction with a German institution.
Fischer International Identity is offering free access to its cloud-based Shibboleth Identity Provider system for qualified higher education institutions.