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The University of Western Sydney (UWS) recognizes that a key means of differentiating itself in an increasingly competitive market is to develop and pursue an aggressive cloud adoption strategy, thereby increasing efficiency and freeing resources to focus on innovation and the business challenges posed to IT.


  • UWS included “cloud services” as one of several key pillars of its business-oriented IT strategy, and this meant consideration of all forms of alternative service delivery models, including both managed services and a pure “as a service” solution.

Features and Benefits

  • Institutions can learn how adopting a "cloud preferred" strategy can become a purposeful imperative.
  • Institutions can identify important lessons that could be applied to their own campus needs.

Key questions answered

  • What should institutions consider when devising a cloud preferred strategy?
  • What are the benefits of moving core enterprise applications such as LMS to a managed hosting service?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

UWS is persistent in driving its cloud strategy

  • UWS brings knowledge to life for students
  • The Securing Success 2015–2020 Strategic Plan is the core of UWS
  • Blackboard and ServiceNow were at the forefront of cloud thinking at UWS
  • Research and the development of a strategy into cloud services was under way
  • Education and research – what UWS does best


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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