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20 Jul 2017

IDC PeerScape Outlines Best Practices for Cloud Computing Adoption by Higher Education and Research

LONDON, July 20, 2017 — Higher education and academic research organizations in Europe are embracing digital transformation to innovate, while dealing with the pressure to control costs. A new IDC PeerScape, IDC PeerScape: Cloud Best Practices in Higher Education and Research (IDC #EMEA42450817, July 2017), explores best practices that European higher education and research institutions have adopted when deploying cloud computing as an enabler of digital transformation.

Digital technologies will enable higher education and research institutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness of processes and deliver transformational capabilities for learning, teaching, research, and smart campus administration. In the past five or six years, higher education and research institutions have adopted disruptive technologies, such as cloud computing, faster than most other public sector entities. This drove increased maturity of cloud practices across the region.

Four best practices have emerged in higher education and research cloud computing adoption:

  • Higher education and research executives should harness the full benefits of cloud by leveraging the ability to develop and scale new capabilities that can transform business practices, such as enabling anywhere/anytime access to learning resources and scaling workloads to cope with peak requirements in student recruiting campaigns, and application intake and screening.
  • Higher education and research executives should not only migrate the technology architecture to the cloud, but also change the IT skills, organizational culture, and IT service management processes.
  • Higher education and research executives should drive their transition roadmap toward a hybrid model where on-premise, dedicated hosting, and fully public cloud deployments can be integrated to enhance performance, agility, and scalability of IT services.
  • Higher education and research executives should embrace industry collaborative clouds to share technical, business, legal, and procurement capabilities that can augment the benefits of cloud adoption.

The study explores — through practical examples from the University of Hull, Cambridge University Press, and the Helix Nebula Science Cloud — how those practices should be applied.

"IT executives in university and academic research centers are leveraging cloud to increase agility, scalability, and cost effectiveness of innovation, so they can respond faster to faculty, administrator, student, and researcher demand for new business capabilities. The most mature organizations have developed best practices in cloud to business alignment, service migration, hybrid cloud orchestration, and collaborative clouds," says Massimiliano Claps, AVP, IDC EMEA Government Insights.

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