Higher education has accelerated its adoption of cloud computing over the past several years to shift to online or blended learning environments. The COVID-19 pandemic marked an even greater need to digitally transform education.
This fundamental shift to e-learning comes with significant administrative, financial and operational impacts, all of which highlights the underlying cost and operational inefficiencies that might exist within IT departments. Prior to the pandemic, it was common for large universities to have multiple colleges, academic departments, and offices making cloud-based decisions independently of one another. Now, as colleges and universities continue to transform education and scale out to public cloud, they need to shift to a centralized IT model.
The Transformation of Central IT
Central IT is regaining control by assuming the role of a cloud service broker (CSB). This transformation is not a simple task and might require campus IT staff to learn new skills and leverage new toolsets. A critical component of the higher education CSB role is partnering with the various departments and groups to coordinate a shared cloud strategy as part of building a cloud center of excellence. Once established, central IT can offer cloud services and infrastructure to the student body, faculty, research departments and administrators, and ultimately manage the institution’s multi-cloud environment.
How VMware can help
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