Cloud Computing and SaaS in the Field of Education In 2008, it was revealed that the University of Washington (UoW) was reducing the number of its IT employees due to a $10 million loss that year. At first glance, the laying off of employees might seem dark and bleak, and it may even be seen as a sign of failure on the part of the university’s central management. But, the truth is, this really is a good thing. Why is this so? Basically, the major reason why the University of Washington has laid off nearly a hundred of its IT
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How Universities Implement Cloud Computing Cloud computing has been universally recognized as a critical component in the field of education. This is more so in the higher education sector where more advanced tools are necessary for data sharing, teaching, and protection, as well as for advanced instruction. Generally, most countries in the world experience a decline in higher education budgets. Because of this, and because of the fact that universities need to be able to continue to deliver quality services in spite of the limited budget, the role of IT has tremendously arisen to a whole new level (Mircea, 2011).
University Down Under Offers To Make Students Cloud-Capable Sometime back I had postulated that the true success of cloud computing in entering the mainstream is dependent on the technology being not only part of our everyday lives, but also a part of our education system (See: Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream with University Certification Course). Thus, when the University of Washington decided to offer a certificate course in cloud computing, it truly was a big deal. Since then, there have been some developments on the job front that have strengthened the argument of teaching cloud computing as a subject (See: Cloud
Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream with University Certification Course When does a technology actually become mainstream, an established part of our daily lives? Is it when it becomes part of the popular vocabulary, or when there’s an addition to the Oxford English Dictionary confirming its existence? Is it when companies make money selling that technology, or when people make money buying and selling shares of these companies? All of these go a long way in making cloud computing an integral part of our lives; however, I believe it’s now when there’s a university course actually teaching the technology that it’s actually