An article in Sys-Con relates that higher education, an industry that is normally a slow adopter of new technology, is openly adopting cloud technology.
A fact stated was that in this industry, most schools and colleges do not realize that they have already been using cloud technology to some extent such as Yahoo! And Gmail.
The article also shared a few areas that cloud can be used to the industry’s advantage:
- Business continuity planning
- Storage of archived data
- Financial aid, enrollment and admissions
Of course there are the usual concerns, primarily security, obviously because confidential and sensitive information of institutions will be moved outside the physical confines of the school to a virtual and easily accessible storage area.
Other concerns include reliability, confidentiality and regulations. The article also suggests to the school administrator to make it a point to know who has access to their information.
How else can the education industry take advantage of cloud technology? Read the full article in Sys-Con and find other reasons why cloud computing will be right for higher education.