This week, I'd like to share with you an EDUCAUSE article by two people I met through CIC and ITLP: Brad Wheeler is VP for Information Technology and CIO for Indiana University. Shel Waggener is Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO at the University of California- Berkeley.
In their article, Above-Campus Services: Shaping the Promise of Cloud Computing for Higher Education, Shel and Brad address 2 questions that are essential for colleges and universities as they consider the economic benefits of cloud computing and the potential strategic possibilities for above-campus services:
- To what extent should specific IT services be aggregated and why?
- Through what models should IT services be aggregated and governed?
Three models for aggregating IT above-campus services are particularly suited to higher education: Commercial Sourcing, Institutional Sourcing, and Consortium Sourcing. These models seek efficiencies through economies of scale in IT service provision and on-demand IT capacity as needed and seek improvement through a vibrant ecology of innovation - none of which would be accessible within a single institution.
It's a long article, but worth a read if cloud computing interests you.