What K–12 IT Leaders Really Think About the Cloud

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Reposted from EdTech Focus on K-12:

K–12 IT leaders are seeing some serious benefits from the cloud — particularly in the flexibility, operational agility and cost savings that cloud services can offer. Some services remain more popular in the cloud for K–12 districts than other services do. For example, respondents said that email and storage are the most widely used cloud services, while also being the easiest to transition to. Enterprise planning and internal applications remain low on the list of cloud adoption in schools.

Cloud computing can make lives easier for users, but there are a few persistent barriers to adoption. Thirty-five percent of K–12 IT respondents chose security as the greatest challenge to implementing additional cloud services; trust in available solutions took second place, at 29 percent.

Security risks for cloud solutions remain, but CDW says they are addressable with risk-mitigation practices. The company recommends these four steps to help keep cloud data more secure…

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Today’s Top Cloud Innovations in Higher Education

Today's Top Cloud Innovations in Higher Education

A nice synopsis of the current higher ed cloudscape, including:

– 55% of institutions want increased efficiency, and believe that cloud computing is the answer

– By the end of 2014, 4 out of 5 higher education students are expected to take coursework online

– 68% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for conferencing and collaboration

– 65% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for storage

– 65% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for office/productivity suites

– 62% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for messaging

– 59% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for computing power

– MIT, Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, Harvard and the University of San Francisco are all using the cloud

– Many popular services and applications are cloud based, like Evernote, Amazon and Prezi