Why are CTOs moving to the Cloud?

Efficiency

Utility
Pay only for the resources actually used

Resources
Move from capital to operating (capex to openex)

License usage
Pay for only the time licenses are used

Shared resources
Low-cost surplus resource usage

Labor
Workload shifts to higher value work

Security

Proprietary platforms
Harder to hack

Access
No simultaneous physical and logical access

Leverage: Enterprise-Level Compliance Audits
Same protections as large organizations, such as government and big business

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Elasticity
Can absorb DDOS attacks

Monitoring
Can identify threat

Simplification

Management
Single console management

Governance
Manage access across organizations

Procurement
Simpler procurement process

Planning
Simpler set up of servers

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Accessibility
Web-based client agnostic access

Serverless Database Architecture

Agility

Rapid Development
Ability to focus on app development, not infrastructure

Research
Support for data intensive short-term research projects

Leading Edge
Access to experimental platforms

Equity

Access
Universal access via web interface

Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
More uniform digital playing field

Data Analytics
To ensure high-quality learning for all

“Bob Moore, former CTO at Dallas ISD and past CoSN Chair, takes a strategic view of cloud, or what he considers essentially IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS). He begins by identifying the reason that IT exists in education: to ensure that all students have access to, and meaningful use of, technology tools and resources in preparation for college, career and life and that learning analytics are available to help guide educators, leaders and parents in supporting students.”