The near collapse of the global financial system as a result of the economic crisis that befell the world will continue to affect educational establishments. This is due to the fact that government are likely to invest less money in them than before. Thus, educational establishments continue to seek opportunities to rationalize the way they manage their resources.
The author argued that cloud computing could be one of the opportunities educational institutions are seeking because cloud computing will give them the opportunity to take advantage of new developments in IT technologies at affordable costs. In this article the author highlighted various benefits of adopting cloud computing by educational establishment and also outlines current issues that prevent some organisations from adopting it. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the viability of cloud computing for organisations (educational establishments) and its huge potential benefits.
To achieve the purpose of the study, the author begins with highlighting common economic issues associated with having an IT infrastructure. Again, the author choose university of Westminster as a case study to demonstrate with examples the emerging popularity of cloud computing and some other educational and business establishments.
Due to the recent development in IT technologies, infrastructure and continuous upgrades in software and hardware has put a great deal of pressure on the budgets and expenses of universities and educational institutes. This situation is likely to be made worse in the current economic condition because the education budget might be cut down. Cloud computing development provides many universities with an opportunity to take advantage of new IT technologies at an affordable cost. Following are the benefits;
- Cost reduction: this is the major advantage of adopting cloud computing. All the universities used as examples in this paper adopt cloud computing due to economic reasons. Cost of infrastructures, cost of maintenance, cost of IT staff as well as IT outsourced services and other cost related to traditional computing will reduce considerably.
- Advanced researches
- Easy management as IT department is relieved from the duty of maintaining computing infrastructures.
- Green computing and improved data redundancy
- Greater Agility
Concern over adoption of cloud computing
Like other new services of this scale and complexity, there are bound to be fears, uncertainties and concern about the technology maturity. The most important among these concerns are those related to control, vendor lock, performance, latency, security, privacy and reliability.
From the above, it is evident that cloud computing helps educational establishments to cut down there IT cost and at the same time improve their efficiency. The author backed his arguments with good examples of how educational institutions are using cloud computing in improving efficiency, cost and convenience. Recent studies in this area by (Rao and Challa, 2013), and (Mathew, 2012) also supported the author`s argument. As regards to cloud concerns, security concern is widely seen as the main reason that prevents some organisations from adopting cloud computing. However, some authors argue that cloud vendor offer better security and reliability than in house staff (cox, 2014 p303).
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