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The proliferation of cloud-based service offerings over the last five years is transforming every industry vertical. The challenge is for institutions to identify a staged approach that maintains forward momentum in exploiting the benefits of cloud services.


  • In most scenarios, the benefits of cloud-based delivery are so compelling that if one were in the fortunate position of creating a "greenfield" deployment from scratch, "in the cloud" would be the default approach. However, few organizations are in this enviable position.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses the primary benefits of cloud for the higher education sector.
  • Evaluates the possible approaches to cloud in the higher education sector.

Key questions answered

  • What are the primary benefits of cloud for the higher education sector?
  • What are the possible approaches to cloud?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for institutions
  • Recommendations for vendors

The pressures on education technology services

  • Do more with less – and do it faster
  • Service comparisons are consumer driven

So what are the primary benefits of cloud for the higher education sector?

  • It is not all about cost
  • Agility to scale up and down
  • Smooth the upgrade cycle
  • Expend resources on true differentiators
  • Adopt innovation based on business benefit

So what are the possible approaches to cloud?

  • Do nothing?
  • Rip and replace?

Key tenets of a migration strategy

  • Stage the approach to steadily increase "cloudiness" and enable innovation
  • Simplify, simplify, simplify
  • Match the business and technology cycle
  • Integration is critical
  • Consider the ecosystem


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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