ECAR Working Groups: Cloud




Cloud services are transforming how higher education stores, accesses, and uses data. As a result, the role of IT is undergoing a significant change as it needs to adjust in order to provide and manage these resources. Projects in this space include the following.

New Resources

Cloud Readiness: Preparing for Takeoff (Slides)
Slides from the 2016 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference session, Cloud Readiness: Preparing for Takeoff, which shared guidance to help institutions prepare to create cloud-ready services, including developing effective IT governance, transforming the IT organization, and migrating from traditional services to the cloud.

Higher Education Cloud Vendor Assessment Tool
This tool from the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) provides a matrix of higher education information security and data protection questions and issues regarding cloud services.

Preparing Your IT Organization for the Cloud

ECAR-CLOUD Working Group
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This working group formed in October 2014. The purpose of the ECAR-CLOUD working group is to develop a guide on Preparing Your IT Organization for the Cloud.

Project Description
Cloud-based IT services are becoming a norm for higher education, providing researchers, faculty, students, and administrators alike with the tools that they need in order to do their work. But there are many challenges to cloud adoption, including transitioning the traditional IT department and IT workforce to select, adopt, and support cloud services. This group will develop a roadmap to institutions seeking to develop and implement their public cloud strategies. It will include an overview of the major issues involved in public cloud computing as well as pointers to additional resources providing in-depth information on each topic.

The outcome of this project will be a series of papers:

  1. An Introduction (published May 2015)
  2. Developing Cloud-Aware Governance (published June 2015)
  3. Transforming the IT Organization (published September 2015)
  4. Building a Migration Plan (published January 2016)
  5. Operationalizing the Cloud (published May 2016)
  6. Cloud Awareness and User Support (published August 2016)
  7. Cloud on the Horizon - expected October 2016

Expected Series Completion: November 2016

See the detailed ECAR-CLOUD project proposal for more information.


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