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How Cloud Tech Can Innovate The Higher Education Sector

Cloud Computing Technology in Higher Education

Australia’s University of Newcastle hosted a free event wherein businesses and organisations, which are interested in unlocking the value of cloud technology, were invited.

Cloud Immersion Day Australia

  • According to a recent press release, the Cloud Immersion Day included a series of informative, immersive and interactive stations.
  • Moreover, it also has keynote speakers and roundtable discussions that helped organisations understand the opportunities they can gain from cloud services.
  • Attendees had the opportunity to explore real and working proof concepts of how cloud technology can be used to solve key challenges and make organisations more productive and efficient.
  • The event was organised in collaboration with a company that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms; a multinational professional services network; and CSA.
  • According to the ‘Economic value of cloud services in Australia’ research report, which was conducted by both the multinational and the cloud computing company, 42% of Australian businesses have so far adopted cloud.
  • It reveals that while 76% of large businesses have adopted at least one paid cloud service, only 36% of small businesses are using cloud services.

Cloud Computing Technology in Higher Education

  • Cloud computing removes the need for data, applications, software, and other IT resources to be stored on hard drives or servers that are located on-premise.
  • Instead, they are made accessible seamlessly and rapidly over the Internet via cloud services.
  • For organisations, this means upfront investment in hardware while its ongoing management is no longer required. Additionally, they only have to pay for as little or as much as they use.
  • The University of Newcastle is making a shift in investment to a cloud-first strategy. This will see it exit from an on-premise data centre and migrate to the AWS cloud by September 2020.
  • According to the University’s Chief Information Officer, the higher education sector is as equally impacted by cloud disruption as other sectors.
  • The rise of any new technology can create disruption and require a shift in traditional business models and service offerings.
  • Digital transformation is the use of new, fast and frequently changing digital technology to solve problems such as Hybrid Cloud for Digital Transformation.
  • Leaders in this space recognise the significant opportunities presented by cloud technology and by implementing a cloud-first strategy at the University of Newcastle, students and researchers may gain several benefits.

Benefits of the Cloud Technology

  • The ‘Economic value of cloud services in Australia’ research report also reveals cloud technology has delivered AU$ 9.4 billion over the last 5 years in terms of productivity benefits to the Australian economy.
  • It is quite exciting that the University is transforming its campus management by adopting a cloud-first strategy.
  • This approach will enable the University to become more agile to free up precious IT resources to focus on critical areas of the university such as improving teaching and learning environments for students and educators.
  • This will also help to accelerate research and allow students to innovate and come up with solutions to tackle the biggest community challenges.
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