When considering education and its goals, the phrase digital transformation may not be an immediate association, but in today’s environment education is absolutely transforming, digitally and otherwise. Whether a K-12 school, college or university, the common goals of higher student enrollment, enhanced student engagement, and better student outcomes remain a priority for parents, teachers, and administrators, however the during and post-pandemic landscape has shifted considerably. The multi-layered digital demands on schools and students require an IT strategy that will support institutions’ initiatives.
A New Perspective on IT Strategies
As the competitive landscape of education intensifies, education leaders are modifying their IT strategies for competitive advantage. Rather than looking at stacks of antiquated hardware in data centers and trying to figure out what they can deliver, innovative IT teams are beginning with the end in mind – improved student experiences and outcomes – and then determining the best platform for delivery. Inevitably, cloud enters the discussion; and fortunately, the path to modernization has never been easier. Read on about how your firm can save a ton of time, money, and headaches by modernizing your approach to infrastructure and harnessing the advantages of the AWS cloud to deliver stronger student experiences.
1. Reduce IT Spending with Cloud Adoption
First, cloud adoption done right saves money. Whether you’re a K-12 school district, public or private college or university, or research institution IT team, compute, data storage, and management come with costs. Rather than provisioning for peak load and paying for underutilized resources throughout the year, the ability to scale resources up for peak times like enrollment, and then back down, dramatically improves an organization’s cost structure.
2. Improve Agility With the Cloud
The AWS cloud empowers IT to respond more quickly and efficiently to organizational needs, and, ultimately, students, administrators, and educators. Cloud infrastructure changes are smaller, incremental expenses which eliminates large capital expenses which typically require a set of approval processes and long procurement cycles. Also, cloud infrastructure changes can be made ‘now’, enabling your IT team to respond quickly to the changing needs of the business.
3. Cloud Migration Ensures Operational Efficiency
Back-office systems are often taken for granted and just expected to work, all the time; however, when critical systems like ERP applications start bogging down, everyone feels it. Moving your business to the cloud ensures applications like student enrollment, online learning, and alumni services have the resources they need when they need them. So when an ‘event’ occurs – whether planned or unplanned – IT can respond seamlessly and effortlessly, ensuring consistently positive experiences for students, staff and alumni.
4. Consider Cloud Modernization
Leveraging the AWS cloud unlocks a suite of modernization possibilities. Consider Amazon WorkSpaces and AWS Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), for example; rather than pay for a host of workstations that need to be frequently updated and refreshed, provide users access to high-performance workstations on demand while supporting Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives, and improving overall security posture. Modernization on AWS enables IT leaders to focus less on hardware systems and software licensing and more on adding value to the organization.
5. Transform Data Into Intelligence
Holding massive amounts of data is something many legacy systems were never designed with in mind, and that typically means loads of extra hardware used just for data storage. AWS enables organizations the fantastic ability to garner intelligence from that data. Data analytics helps organizations to transform data into value, empowering informed decision making.
Drive Digital Transformation Through AWS and ERPA
If your school district, institution, or educational system is searching for answers on how to make the most out of AWS, contact ERPA today so one of our experts can break down how to effectively utilize this cloud environment.