Why this Texas institution moved to the cloud

November 21, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


[MUSIC PLAYING] Senior leadership
at the University is very excited
about the agility that the cloud offers
to the University. In the recent years– probably
in the past two years– I’ve seen where during
peak performance our systems would bog down. I would run out of licenses. I’d have to call people and say,
you need to get off the system. Being on the cloud,
I’m not going to have that issue anymore. So we’re wanting a
system that’s going to be able to grow with us. That’s what the
leadership team saw in moving towards the cloud. We anticipate, you know,
our students– our consumers of that technology–
being more adaptable and wanting quicker results than
what we’re currently producing, and we certainly want to
become a 24-by-7 school. I think it also is going
to provide our institution the leverage that it
needs to be able to adapt and quickly change as the
needs around our city change regarding higher education. We’re in a highly competitive,
saturated higher ed market there, and so being able to
leverage and adapt quickly is a big draw for us, as well. Our senior leadership is known
as the president’s counsel, and my CTO sits on that council. Some of the concerns
that they expressed about moving to the cloud
were security– how secure were our systems going to be? The cost, obviously, was another
factor that they discussed. My CTO has very many
credentials regarding security, and so he put their
minds at ease, as well as meeting with the
cloud team from Ellucian and having demonstrations
that eased their mind. It’s critical that we continue
to foster that relationship with Ellucian. I think it’s been a wonderful
partnership with us.