In business, nearly any software or solution implemented is in the cloud, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Which begs the question – are we seeing the same trend toward cloud computing in education?
According to a recent article by eSchoolNews, the answer is yes! In the article, 5 major cloud considerations for education, eSchoolNews covers how cloud software is on the rise in schools and is a big help, especially for smaller districts and those with tight budgets.
The article highlights 5 ways implementing software online rather than on a local server or computer is changing K-12 for the better. Here, we highlighted the top 3:
- Leveling the playing field for smaller schools. For small schools with a small staff, especially a lean IT staff, implementing server-based solutions for things like help desk ticketing or asset management seems impossible. With cloud software, smaller districts can provide services not previously available without needing the IT staff to install and support the software.
- Savings in total cost of ownership. Savings are two-fold with cloud software. First, time savings for the IT Department – savings can be found with the low entry costs, faster implementation times, and no maintenance and upgrades to perform, potentially equating to an entire full-time person, allowing the IT team to focus on other priorities within the district. Second, cloud software provides more collaboration and transparency with a central way to access information. When multiple departments in a district can work together more easily, the savings (and new ideas) can be huge!
- No burden of space shortages nor outdated technology. Concerns about the amount of server space or hard drive space available as IT departments implement software disappear with cloud solutions, allowing the focus of the IT department to shift to other projects and priorities.
To read the full article, visit this page.
What else does cloud computing allow you to do? Learn from your peers! SchoolDude’s cloud solutions allow us to aggregate data from thousands of clients so districts can see how their operations performance compares to peers of similar size on help desk or work order completion time, labor hours and many other helpful benchmarks. Insight like this is not possible without the use of cloud solutions.
Learn more about cloud solutions and how lean IT departments can better manage technology assets and mobile devices. At the end of the day, we know staff and budgets are tight - cloud computing helps schools streamline their operations without burdening staff and resources.