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Shaping the Promise of Cloud Computing for Higher Ed

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:

  1. To what extent should specific IT services be aggregated and why?
  2. 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.