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Cloud Technology Exploration and Implementation

Time 04/28/15 01:15PM-02:30PM

Room Grand Ballroom North

Netcast sponsored by Microsoft

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Session Abstract

Higher-Ed began dabbling in the cloud with student email less than ten years ago. Today, virtually all institutions are leveraging some cloud services with an increasing number adopting a formal "cloud first" strategy for all new enterprise IT services. From storage, learning management systems and research collaboration, to web hosting and development platforms virtually every aspect of the university mission is taking advantage of the scale and innovation provided by cloud services. When early adoption turns to mainstream activity, the pursuit and adoption of cloud services can lead to inadequate vetting, duplicate services, poorly-written contracts or worse. If not done well, a cloud service can end up costing more than one deployed or developed in house and can result in many problems including a negative user experience, integration challenges, security issues, and serious legal exposure for the institution. Adoption of cloud technologies requires coordination with a variety of stakeholders a specialists. This session will focus on two key components of the process.

Cloud integration best practices sounds like a great idea, but currently such guidance is hard to find. The member schools of the CIC are working to fill that void. Identity management staff from throughout the CIC have combined their wide range of cloud service implementation experience to create a document of best practices that we call the Cloud Service Cookbook. In this session, we’ll further explain the challenges of a cloud service integration. We’ll highlight important considerations in cloud service implementations that are often overlooked and show how following best practices can make things go more smoothly from procurement through deployment.
The cloud service cookbook is only useful if the right people are doing the cooking. In an effort to guide the cloud wave, institutions have begun establishing positions to coordinate the examination and support of cloud services. These cloud specialists work to aggregate need, negotiate terms, explore integration with other cloud and on-prem services and provide strategic direction. The challenges and opportunities for these cloud brokers differ widely depending on variables such as the authority they are given, the depth of cloud involvement already underway and the degree of IT centralization. This session will provide the perspective and approaches of multiple institutions.

Speakers

Speaker Jeffrey Gumpf Case Western Reserve University

Speaker Bob Flynn Indiana University

Speaker Keith Wessel University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Speaker David Barks University of Maryland - College Park

Presentation Media

Speaker Bob Flynn Indiana University

Speaker Jeffrey Gumpf Case Western Reserve University

Speaker David Barks University of Maryland - College Park

Speaker Keith Wessel University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Primary track Cloud Services