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Educating Our Future Data Scientists

Educating Our Future Data Scientists

Future Data Scientists

Data scientists are one of the many sought-after IT professionals currently enjoying their pick of positions thanks to a general shortage of IT staff. Universities and colleges have created and continue to develop master’s programs attempting to address this skills shortage, and there’s additionally been a reliance on boot camps to help fill the gaps. However, undergraduate programs tailored to big data have been somewhat lacking in the past.

With the Department of Labor’s forecast of a 25% growth in data jobs by 2018, it’s no surprise that US colleges and universities are changing tactics and developing undergraduate programs that address big data skills requirements. The good news is there is growing interest in this field, which means a number of excellent publications and influencers are starting to cover this topic

Universities & Colleges with Data Science Undergrad Programs

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College of Charleston

Providing their own undergraduate program in data science, students complete internships at tech giants before choosing from 14 degree disciplines which include accounting, biomechanics, CRM, economics, exercise physiology, finance, geoinformatics, molecular biology, organismal biology, physics and astronomy, psychology, sociology, and supply chain management.

DePaul

The Bachelor of Arts in Decision Analytics provided by DePaul teaches students practical applications of big data including the ethical collection and securing of data, analysis and communication of findings, and the development of solutions to data problems.

Drexel University

Starting in the fall of 2016, this Bachelors of Science Program in Data Science provides students with a well-rounded data education including the analysis and meaningful use of data, determining a business’s data needs, and securing data.

University of Iowa

This Bachelor’s Degree in Business Analytics and Information Systems claims a 100% placement rate and provides two degree tracks. Business analytics revolves around the improvement of business’ data strategy and the building of new processes while the information systems stream focuses on managing technologies that collect, store, and secure data.

Ohio State University

The data analytics program offered by this university provides an interdisciplinary major thanks to a bachelor of science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences through partnerships with the Fisher College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Medicine. Students are able to specialize either in biomedical, business analytics, or computational analytics, covering a range of industries requiring data scientists.

University of San Francisco

Providing majors in data science focusing on computer science and mathematics, the University of San Francisco program promises students a wealth of mathematical, computational, and statistical skills. Students choose between the three streams of mathematical data science, computational data science, and economic data science and courses range from linear algebra to microeconomics to programming.

University of Wisconsin

Through their undergraduate degree in Data Science and Predictive Analytics, University of Wisconsin students receiving not only an education in data science but are also lectured in business and the application of big data concepts. Skills taught include mining and collection of data, analysis of data, and the creation of data visualizations, preparing students for work in fields across finance, marketing, economics, management, and more.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute earns students both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science as well as a master’s degree. With research across almost every industry, students will find few limitations to their big data education.

Free Big Data Programs

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Of course, formal education programs are not the only providers of big data skills. A number of online courses have emerged helping job seekers beef up their big data and analytics skills covering topics such as machine learning, Hadoop, and various programming languages. Udemy offers Big Data Basics: Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, Pig, & Spark aimed at beginners interested in the tech foundations of the big data ecosystem, and for slightly more advanced students, the Hadoop Starter Kit offers access to a multi-node Hadoop training cluster. Introduction to Spark, R Basics – R Programming Language Introduction, and Python for Beginners with Examples provide primers for some of the different skills data scientists need while MIT’s Artificial Intelligence course teaches students to develop intelligent systems. These and many other short courses provide an excellent starting point for those interested in data science while the programs being drawn up by top colleges and universities are advancing quickly to meet industry skills needs.

By Jennifer Klostermann

2016 US Job Growth Forecast, 44% Of IT Employers Are Planning To Hire This Year

2016 US Job Growth Forecast, 44% Of IT Employers Are Planning To Hire This Year

Technology Employment Outlook

The IT job market is currently very much in the favor of the talent with employers finding there simply aren’t enough professionals for hire and a significant number reporting they will be hiring low-skill workers with the intention of investing in their training while grooming them for high-skill jobs. According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 US Job Growth Forecast, 44% of IT employers are planning to hire this year, a figure above the national average. Along with the limited selection of relevant professionals, employers are forced to deal with unstable retention rates as the Society for Human Resource Management notes an average tenure of just three years in the IT industry.

Cloud Shouldering The Burden

One strategy being employed by organizations facing a skills shortage is a greater dependence on the cloud. Says Jeff Ton, Executive Vice President of Product and Service Development at Bluelock who discusses with CloudTweaks, “For a CIO, moving applications and projects into the cloud can be nerve-racking. As a leader, you fear your IT team will see this transition as the removal of their jobs because cloud is often a softer term for outsourcing. In reality, using the cloud to handle time-consuming projects can actually increase employee satisfaction as it frees up IT teams to focus on more innovative, valuable projects for the company. Employees who didn’t have capacity to focus on anything other than immediate projects that kept the lights on – like management of exchange servers or DR – become invigorated and feel better about their roles in the organization.”

When correctly implemented, the cloud doesn’t only offer cost benefits. It also provides greater security thanks to the skills cloud service providers develop and advance in-house as a core part of their business. This, in turn, frees up staff to focus on their own organization’s core projects instead of dividing their attention between a plethora of non-core requirements.

System Engineer and Architect at Bluelock, Jason Fisher, observes, As an engineer, partnering with a DRaaS provider freed up valuable time that I could then spend on projects that were far more valuable to the company as a whole. I was able to work more directly with various business elements and solve real problems. It also gave my team a chance to get their hands dirty with technology and processes they wouldn’t have been able to touch before, as we were able to delegate out more tasks. As a byproduct of redistributing applications and projects to the cloud, I saw my employees becoming more engaged with their roles, and really watched burnout slow.”

Inventive Solutions

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Businesses successfully addressing the IT skills shortage have also implemented a few innovative solutions.

Remote Work

The flexibility that telecommuting or remote working provides employees has been found to be a favorable skill draw for many organizations. Not only opening their employment to the global workforce, the freedom they’re able to offer talent tends to create happier employees with better work/life balances.

Independence

A few organizations are providing a different kind of freedom to their employees by instilling them with the entire responsibility for their jobs. These workers are free to come and go as they please and self-manage their projects. The only stipulation is that high-quality results are always delivered.

Automation

In no way a new tool, automation can be a particularly fruitful strategy when correctly used. In most businesses, the majority of IT spend is focused on ‘keeping the lights on’, and so freeing valuable tech resources from low-level and low-value tasks raises business efficiency and productivity.

Staff Training

Investing in your staff may seem a risky endeavor, particularly when considering the three-year retention rate in IT mentioned above, but organizations that develop their staff as they build their organizations create employees who fit the culture while adequately addressing the requirements of a particular position. There’s a lot to be said for employees whose skills have been tailored to suit their function, and education should never be viewed as a drain.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Government Involvement Required To Propel Canada’s Tech Industry

Government Involvement Required To Propel Canada’s Tech Industry

Canadian FinTech Argues Government Participation Needed to Help Industry Flourish

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – May 3, 2016) – Last month, Scotiabank’s CEO argued that the future of Canadian innovation relies primarily on the private sector to close the productivity gap between Canada and its international counterparts.

However, when it comes to FinTech and other budding technologies, there is much that must be done at the government level – from education and training, retention, regulation, and funding – to help accelerate growth needed to sustain the industry.

Technology is one of the strongest economic drivers in the country today,” says Rod Hsu, president of nTrust. “The federal and provincial government have made leaps and bounds in recent years in terms of helping the industry flourish, but sustained involvement is necessary. We need to approach the industry with the same eagerness we do others like the natural resource sector.”

Education and Training

It’s no secret a talent and skills gap exists between the Canadian workforce and the needs of tech employers. In fact, only 6 percent of the 527,000 students who completed a program in Canada in 2015 graduated from the IT field. Additionally, a recent report by the Information and Communications Technology Council called for reform of the country’s economic policies to address the gap – suggesting computer science programs be integrated into education from kindergarten onward. More attention must be placed by the government on fostering interest in and access to the field across all groups in order to mitigate the shortage.

Retaining Tech Talent

While the majority of tech firms can now compete with the best of Silicon Valley in terms of employee perks and benefits, the larger retention issue plaguing Canada is the lack of affordable housing in major metro centres like Vancouver and Toronto, which is slowly eating away at disposable income. As a result, businesses are having trouble attracting and retaining qualified candidates to the point where is has become an economic issue. Many in the industry have called for municipal, provincial and federal involvement to search for solutions to solve the housing crises in these markets.

Innovation/Incubation Hubs

Government can also play a role in facilitating FinTech acceleration by creating a stronger middle bridge between tech companies and financial institutions and/or larger organizations in the space. Already, Canada has several of these incubators – MaRS, DMZ, BCTIA – however when compared to other parts of the world, such as the UK, we are lagging behind. In addition to connecting FinTechs to resources and support and helping to broker valuable partnerships, these hubs provide a forum for experimentation and launch within a controlled boundary.

Regulation

Despite rapid growth in the industry, uncertainty around the adaptability of the regulatory environment poses a potential risk for FinTechs across the country. Without a clear plan, FinTechs end up getting stifled in innovation with regulatory rules set for the incumbent financial system. However, regulation in the space should not be one size fits all – rather the flexibility of a tiered approach, that differs based on multiple factors such as the size of the business, would help drive further innovation rather than repress start-ups.


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Adaptable regulation at the government level would assist in making FinTech a viable option for users, create space for innovation, while building the critical mass needed for the industry to thrive.

Funding

Recent funding announcements by the BC government, who launched a $100 million venture capital fund for tech startups earlier this year, are a huge step forward, however, there is some skepticism around whether this will sustain the growth required in the sector considering the over 9,000 tech companies currently in the province.

The future of the industry cannot be left to one group alone, rather it is collaboration between FinTechs, the private sector and levels of government that will lead to success and longevity in the industry.

About nTrust

nTrust is a rapidly growing online and mobile money transfer platform that helps people around the world instantly move and access their money. Using nTrust, members can send money to friends, cash out to their bank account, spend money through their phone, or load funds to a prepaid card to use anywhere the MasterCard® Acceptance Mark is displayed, online or in-person. nTrust’s proprietary technology uses the highest encryption standards and is “PCI-DSS Level 1” certified, which remains the top global standard for operational and technical security designed by Visa, MasterCard®, and American Express. 

Edutech and the Online Education Industry

Edutech and the Online Education Industry

Edutech Trends

Over the last 20 years we have seen the classroom evolve in very tactile ways. Blackboards became whiteboards to reduce dust in the classroom, pencils became pens as a means to reduce instrument breakage and the need for costly sharpeners, and notebooks became computers because, well, everything became about computers. But one evolution that has flown undercover during the past two decades does not involve what’s in a classroom, but the idea of what a classroom actually is. Online education has grown from “that one nerdy kid who is trying to pick up extra credit before college” to a massive and international industry that has opened up the borders of learning to anyone with an internet connection. But how did online education take off? Where did it begin? It all goes back to long before the age of wires.

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People expanding the classroom is not a modern phenomenon. In fact, the first known occurrence of distance education dates back to 1728, when Caleb Phillips, a short-hand writing teacher, advertised his course and its weekly mail-in lessons in the Boston Gazette. The first traditional distance education program was established over 100 years later by Sir Isaac Pitman. Like Phillips, he to was looking to teach people short-hand writing but did so in a way that he was able to provide feedback for his students, a crucial flaw in Phillips’ program original program. Pitman’s method became so popular it led to the establishment of the Phonographic Correspondence Society, hence giving life to the term “correspondence courses”, a popular way to refer to mail-in distance education courses before the beginning of the internet age. The University Of London, referred to as “The People’s University” by famous author Charles Dickens, soon popularized these courses with the blessing of Queen Victoria. By 1906 there were over 900,000 students enrolled in distance education courses in England.

Online Education Beginings 

But enough history, when did distance learning become online education? With the advent of widespread online access thanks to the World Wide Web, online learning programs and platforms sprung from the woodwork of the education sector across the World. The first online high school became a reality in 1994 with the launching of CompuHigh. CompuHigh eventually became an accredited course provider by the NCAA. Since then online education has become a fixture in schools across the World, with many students now enrolled in hybrid programs that incorporate both traditional courses and supplemental online courses.

krishna-kumarToday, the online education sector is led by individual universities across the World and independent learning institutions like Edutech and Simplilearn. When asked why online learning has exploded over the course of the last decade, founder and CEO of Simplilearn Krishna Kumar believes it’s simple, online learning has brought people into the classroom that wouldn’t have necessarily have the chance, saying “Online learning dismantled various constraints such as the physical presence of a teacher or learner in a classroom or their availability at a particular time of the day. Be it self-learning or with the help of an instructor virtually, online learning has minimized barriers, benefiting the learner and the trainer,” adding “Availability of broadband and a surge in smartphone use have helped online learning grow at a fast pace. One of the main benefits of online learning is the ability to learn at one’s own convenience and comfort, regardless of time zones and geographies.” Another major reason is that online courses also allow students access to programs and courses that may not be available in their schools, opening up a world of opportunity for students across the World.

The online learning industry was expected to be worth $107 billion at the conclusion of 2015, with five year compound annual growth rate of 9.2%. This grew revenues from $32.1 billion in 2010, to $49.9 billion in 2015.

By Keith Holland

6 Tactful Tips To Make Sure Your SaaS Training Doesn’t Flop

6 Tactful Tips To Make Sure Your SaaS Training Doesn’t Flop

Successful SaaS Training 

If you build it, he will come.” Joe Jackson/Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams (1989). We all remember this line from the Field of Dreams because it’s applicable to a lot of things in life.

One of those things is software training programs – if you build a superior training program, the benefits will come. Establish clear training goals, and begin to think carefully about how to incorporate purposeful skills practice into the big picture. Here are 6 skills training tips that will get your workforce trained better, and in less time.

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  1. Keep the Practice Environment Safe

As a training leader, constructive, not destructive, feedback is the goal. If your feedback is so coarse that your trainees are scared to ask questions, you are setting them up to fail. The purpose of practice, in any arena, is for the practitioner to try out new skills in a safe comfortable environment. The training space gives them room to grow and experiment with the skills to fit their own particular needs. This phase is crucial to skill development, as it is harder to adapt a new skill when there is the pressure and higher stakes of the real world in play. Often in the real world, we do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level our training.

  1. Practice the “Learn by Doing” Principle

Aside from being safe, another critical component of the practice space is that it simulates the real world as closely as possible. Imagine for a second a military fighter pilot sitting in the cockpit of a military grade flight simulator, then juxtapose this with a similarly built man playing on his laptop flight simulator program in his pajamas. Who would you feel more comfortable going on a fly-along with? The point is that the skills from training should transition as smoothly as possible to the real world with as few hiccups as possible. You don’t want to be fumbling around looking for the buttons in an actual cockpit. Where and how you practice matters.

  1. Finely Tune the Difficulty Level

Too hard and your audience will become discouraged and lose traction. Too easy, and they lose interest as well. Starting from the beginning is important at times, but not at the expense of making exercises so easy that everybody mentally checks out due to lack of interest. Much of your regimen will depend on the level of the trainees.

  1. Be Flexible in Response to your Learners

Be receptive to the learner’s ideas and feedback. If necessary, break the skills down to their component parts, then build the concepts back together from the bottom up. If too easy, then chunk the basic ideas together and jump straight into bigger picture application ideas.

  1. Pair the Weak with the Strong

Strong facilitators will identify the varying levels of the group and pair the weaker members with stronger members in team building exercise. This helps keep everyone on the same page. Strong members get to solidify their knowledge in a teaching role, and the weaker members are catching up to their peers at the same time.

  1. Use E-learning Technologies for Guidance

E-learning technologies, like online guidance systems, provide interactive guidance that guides users through the online experience. These systems help employees learn how to use all types of software programs like Salesforce, MS Dynamics, Infor, Sharepoint, Moodle etc. The system is overlaid onto the software and directs users with direct onscreen step-by-step guidance, in the moment of need, to help them perform complex tasks.

Stop doing the same thing and expecting different results. Make sure that your training program is well-planned and balanced, so that your employees can stop getting bogged down in how to get their tasks done and focus on what they need to get done.

By Boaz Amidor

AWS Lambda – Future Of Amazon’s Event-Based Computing Service

AWS Lambda – Future Of Amazon’s Event-Based Computing Service

AWS Lambda – Amazon’s Event-Based Computing Service

Announced in November of 2014, Amazon Lambda has gone from a developer buzzword to a heavyweight in the persistently innovative cloud computing industry. Used by organizations like Major League Baseball and live-streaming service Periscope, Lambda is all about creating efficiency, focusing your cloud computing efforts, and reducing dependence on consistent processes that can bog down your application’s performance. But how has the Lambda service grown since its announcement in November of 2014? Where is it going in 2016 and beyond? Let’s take a look.

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Amazon Lambda was revealed on November 13th, 2014 at Amazon’s re:Invent Press Conference. Originally received as just another weapon in the impressive arsenal of Amazon Web Services, Lambda grabbed headlines as a service that could push it beyond competitor offerings such as Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine.

vogelsDescribed by Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels as “an event-driven computing service for dynamic applications”, it essentially allows event-based communication between your app and the cloud without depending on a server to handle the heavy lifting. Amazon Lambda launched supporting only one programming language, limiting its user-base at first. In terms of pricing, Lambda also broke the traditional Amazon mould, charging instead by compute time and the number of requests. It did incorporate a free tier, allowing one million requests monthly and up to 3.2 million seconds of compute time per month depending on your application.

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Amazon Lambda has grown significantly, both in perception and functionality, since its launch, growing from supporting just node.js to supporting both Java and Python. Some of the biggest names in cloud computing have yet to catch up to Amazon Lambda, making developers less inclined to move to competing services like Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine.

While Lambda has taken Amazon Web Services to new heights, it has done so while actually reducing costs for some developers. One specific case, cited in Business Insider, claimed that one developer had saved over 80% of their previous cloud computing costs using Amazon Lambda. This was done by replacing largely idle servers with Lambda code that spoke with their Amazon S3 databases, replacing persistent EC2 servers with a simple code request that would run on a designated schedule.

As mentioned previously, two major applications are using Amazon Lambda to handle their cloud computing needs. Major League Baseball currently uses Amazon Lambda, in conjunction with other Amazon Web Services suites, to power its impressive StatCast technology. Using Lambda, Major League Baseball is able to analyze real time events during baseball games and provide this information to broadcasters and fans.

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This includes computing running speeds, home run distances, pitch speeds and breaks, and the speed of fielders throws. Lambda is just part of a massive system that incorporates computing power, ball-tracking radar systems, and high tech setups at all 30 major league ball diamonds in the United States and Canada. Secondly, Periscope. Periscope is a live streaming application and platform that optimizes Amazon Lambda to scan, identify, and remove adult content from its platform automatically.

The Future Of Lambda

Amazon Lambda has the potential to become the crown jewel of Amazon Web Services. One key way is the addition of additional programming languages. While Amazon Lambda supports node.js, Java, and Python, it’s only when Lambda embraces remaining languages like C#, C++, and Ruby On Rails that it can begin to completely dominate the cloud computing realm. Of course, awareness is also key. In addition to AWS certification, developers need to grasp the potential of event-based computing.

Another area of focus for Amazon Lambda is a broadening of scope. As of right now there are some types of apps that are not optimized for Amazon Lambda. These include apps that incorporate large databases, and industries that require heightened security against downtime. While Amazon Lambda is reliable, its primary focus is on flexibility, efficiency, and quick compute times.

When it comes to developers and their individual projects, Amazon Lambda can be useful for applications of all sizes. Its event-based computing means you can create applications that are leaner and more efficient. The fact it piggybacks off Amazon’s robust and powerful Amazon Web Services means your application can benefit from hardware autonomy, nearly infinite scalability, and increased mobility in releasing new updates. Amazon Lambda may have grown up in the shadow of Amazon Web Services, but it has quickly emerged to become a go to tool for developers who depend on the cloud to power their applications.

By Keith Holland

Google Offers Users 2GB Storage To Perform Security Check

Google Offers Users 2GB Storage To Perform Security Check

Google Offers Users 2GB Storage

February 9th has become known around the world as Safer Internet Day, and every year sees more and more organizations getting involved in the fight to build a safer, more caring internet. This year over a thousand organizations have gotten involved to promote safe, responsible and positive usage of digital technology for children and young people. Global internet giant Google has used the initiative to offer 2GB of free storage on Google Drive for users who perform a simple security check on their Google accounts.

Google offered the deal last year as well, and found it to be such a success that they were happy to repeat it again in 2016. The process is a fairly simple one to go through and takes only a couple of minutes to complete. It involves reviewing your recovery information, ensuring that all the devices connected to your account are actually yours, and verifying your account permissions.  If you’re ready to do the checkup, then click here and follow the prompts.

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As more and more of our sensitive data is referred to the cloud, it’s vital that users review their security information periodically and make sure they are in total control of who, and which devices, have access to account to their information.

Safer Internet Day has a variety of facets to it, and one of them which has been particularly successful is the social media campaign called #ShareaHeart, which is intended to promote respect and kindness online during Safer Internet day.

The campaign is a British initiative and it aims to encourage parents to have ongoing conversations with children about staying safe online, to promote the use and understanding of parental controls on your home internet, and to learn how to properly setup Facebook privacy settings.

Britain’s Independent newspaper reports that “one in four teenagers suffered hate abuse online in the last year,” according to a major report released by the charity Childnet. The report found that “among 13 to 18-year-olds, 24 per cent reported that they were targeted on the internet because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or transgender identity.”

Over 700 schools in the UK, 110 businesses, 42 government departments and 85 charities are involved in the drive for a Safer Internet, and it’s extremely encouraging to see companies like Google throwing their considerable weight behind the initiative, as more and more young people spend more and more of their time online and in the care of the internet giants who have a responsibility to keep their users safe.

By Jeremy Daniel

Education Benefits From Cloud Communications

Education Benefits From Cloud Communications

Education Benefits

The aging communications infrastructures of various colleges and universities across the globe are producing significant challenges for their leaders. As these administrators search for cost-effective but scalable solutions, the necessity of improving and integrating the communications technology has emerged as a primary concern, but a concern with a tailor-made solution: Cloud communications. Be it public, private, or hybrid, the Cloud could potentially solve all aspects of this infrastructure dilemma, while ensuring systems evolution into the future at minimal costs.

In a recent study of an NEC hybrid Cloud communication implementation at Millersville University, Pennsylvania, researchers found the outdated communications systems, the serving of multiple departments, and the need for business continuity to be prioritized challenges of the university. With the implementation of Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and a solid contact center, the result was a better use of IT resources, improved customer service, and decreased complexity.

Five key reasons for higher education institutions to move to Cloud communications stood out.

1. Capital Investment

With the ever-changing and fast-improving technological infrastructure of our world, major capital investment can be risky. This is the time for CAPEX (capital expenditure) to be replaced by OPEX (operating expenditure), significantly reducing the upfront expense requirements. Though the CAPEX/OPEX question is never a simple one, typically Cloud implementations and OPEX promise greater flexibility. Moreover, OPEX funding arrangements are available across public, private, and hybrid IT architectures.

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2. Value for Money

While the latest and greatest is always nice to have, it tends to come with a hefty price tag, and a majority of the available features are likely to be used only by the minority. Balancing actual requirements with budget available is easy to do thanks to Cloud providers and their pay-as-you-go communications solutions. Adding on the nice to haves after all of the must haves have been accounted for is an effortless mouse click exercise, and dropping a service that seemed essential but in practice isn’t won’t result in redundant hardware or excessive costs.

3. Sprawl

A sprawling campus may tend towards an extensive infrastructure, but when implementing Cloud technology, this need not be the case. Typical Cloud solutions include built in support, thus minimizing campus IT infrastructure requirements while providing top-of-the-line assistance and maintenance. Instead of padding out the hardware and staff requirements, Cloud features unfold invisibly and seamlessly.

4. Varied Telephone Requirements

Perhaps even more so than typical organizations, educational institutions have a diverse range of needs concerning telephonic features. From central inbound and outbound switchboards to department-specific call centers to individual access for academics, a tangled nightmare could ensure. But Cloud promises the greatest flexibility with the easiest installation, additionally allowing customization of features per user.

5. Growth

Faculty, staff and students tend to be scattered across campus and housed in multiple buildings, and Cloud solutions allow for the most elasticity with a single product. As the institution grows and extends, Cloud scalability ensures easy expansion to meet new needs without leaving redundant hardware in its wake.

By Jennifer Klostermann

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Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

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The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

How to Identify and Authenticate in the Expanding IoT Ecosystem It is a necessity to protect IoT devices and their associated data. As the IoT ecosystem continues to expand, the need to create an identity to newly-connected things is becoming increasingly crucial. These ‘things’ can include anything from basic sensors and gateways to industrial controls…

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Five Requirements for Supporting a Connected Workforce It used to be that enterprises dictated how workers spent their day: stuck in a cubicle, tied to an enterprise-mandated computer, an enterprise-mandated desk phone with mysterious buttons, and perhaps an enterprise-mandated mobile phone if they traveled. All that is history. Today, a modern workforce is dictating how…

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And Virtual Reality This is a term I created (Virtual Immersion). Ah…the sweet smell of Virtual Immersion Success! Virtual Immersion© (VI) an extension/expansion of Virtual Reality to include the senses beyond visual and auditory. Years ago there was a television commercial for a bathing product called Calgon. The tagline of the commercial was Calgon…

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security It’s no secret many organizations rely on popular cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft for access to computing infrastructure. The many perks of cloud services, such as the ability to quickly scale resources without the upfront cost of buying physical servers, have helped build a multibillion-dollar cloud industry that continues to grow each…

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Paying Attention To Data Security Your biggest data security threat could be sitting next to you… Data security is a big concern for businesses. The repercussions of a data security breach ranges from embarrassment, to costly lawsuits and clean-up jobs – particularly when confidential client information is involved. But although more and more businesses are…