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5 Reasons Now's the Time to Move Learning to the Cloud

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5 Reasons Now's the Time to Move Learning to the Cloud

  1. 1. 5 Reasons Now is the Right Time to Move Learning to the Cloud
  2. 2. Enterprise Thinking vs Cloud Thinking Over 60% of higher education institutions report that they are currently reviewing, converting to, or running their LMS in the Cloud. - The Campus Computing Project: 2014 National Survey of Computing and Information Technology in US Higher Education 60%
  3. 3. Enterprise Thinking vs Cloud Thinking • Dedicated, high-availability environments • Infrastructure failure is challenging and avoided • Designed for solidity • Manual processes • Infrequently updated • Monolithic change Enterprise • Commodity, fungible environments • Infrastructure failure is expected and embraced • Designed for resilience • Automated processes • Frequently updated • Granular change Cloud vs.
  4. 4. Why Cloud? Why Now? Flexibility Scalability & Elasticity Reliability Innovation & Change Management Big Data
  5. 5. Flexibility Overview • Heavy virtualization • New resources can be spun up (or spun down) in minutes or even seconds Rapid Provisioning • Cloud services designed for highly scaled, shared management of resources • Redundancy leads to durability Resource Sharing
  6. 6. Flexibility Blackboard Cloud Architecture • Multi-tenant architecture • Rapid provisioning supports both horizontal and vertical scaling of Learn
  7. 7. Scalability & Elasticity Overview • Dynamic provisioning of resources in response to system performance • Scale either horizontally or vertically Auto-Scaling & Elasticity • Move the content to the “edges” of the network • Reduce latency Content Delivery Networks
  8. 8. Scalability & Elasticity Blackboard Cloud Architecture • Expand to meet demands of peak periods • Reduced latency through Amazon CloudFront
  9. 9. Reliability Overview • Built for resilience • Increased reliance on monitoring Fault Tolerant Application Design • Vulnerability detection • Self-healing environments Deployment Automation
  10. 10. Reliability Blackboard Cloud Architecture • Self-healing environment • End-to-end automation ensures consistency and quality • Zero downtime updates with very high success rates • Native denial of service protection
  11. 11. Innovation & Change Management Overview • Always current • Painless updates Software as a Service • Test-driven development • Ready to deploy at any time Continuous Integration • Smaller releases = less change management • Feature toggles Change Management
  12. 12. Innovation & Change Management Blackboard Cloud Architecture • Rapid delivery of updates – Incremental updates on a regular schedule – Less change management – Faster bug fixes – Appropriate feature controls to manage change
  13. 13. Big Data Overview • The three “V’s” – high Volume, high Velocity, high Variety • Modern technologies designed for big data sets Characteristics • Student retention • Data-driven decision making Why Big Data?
  14. 14. Big Data Blackboard Cloud Architecture • Re-tooling our collection of data and our instrumentation • Cross-product data stores • Individualized reporting for faculty and students where they need it, when they need it – No more “reporting backwater”
  15. 15. Physical & Network Security To protect your infrastructure & the mission-critical information it contains Data Security To recover lost data and restore courses Redundancy To limit the effects of “anything” going wrong Reliability To maintain the system if the physical surroundings are compromised in any way Scalability To enable and support growth People & Processes To effectively & efficiently support the environment 24x7x365 Monitoring Practices To track and report what is happening on the network and ensure responsiveness Change Management To ensure ongoing successful utilization of the technology Critical Factors to Consider in Managing Your Online Learning Environment
  16. 16. Is someone available every night and weekend to handle problems that may arise?? Do you have enough people on staff with the expertise needed to successfully support this mission-critical environment?? If any one person is out sick or leaves, is there someone else who is trained, ready, and able to perform his or her duties?? Are there more strategic or mission-critical projects that you / your team could be working on if you had more time?? Do you have peace of mind when it comes to managing your learning environment or are you bogged down in minutiae??
  17. 17. Blackboard’s Approach
  18. 18. Rethink Teaching and Learning And the Business of Education Program Selection & Marketing Student Support & Retention Learning Delivery Career Placement
  19. 19. Learning Core Traditional learning delivery Learning Environments to meet varied student and institutional needs Learning Insight Measuring effectiveness of online and traditional programs Learning Essentials Offering online courses and programs Learning Insight & Student Retention Developing strategy and tactics to maximize student retention
  20. 20. Expanded Cloud Strategy User Experience Mobile First Big Data Key Focus Areas
  21. 21. Blackboard and the Cloud Blackboard Collaborate Blackboard Connect Blackboard Engage K12 Central xpLor SafeAssign MyEdu Blackboard Transact eAccounts Already a major provider of cloud services to education: Our seven data centers on four continents represents the largest private cloud in education world-wide
  22. 22. Learner-Centric Solutions
  23. 23. In Development
  24. 24. In Development
  25. 25. In Development
  26. 26. In Design
  27. 27. In Design
  28. 28. Improved customer experience Zero downtime updates Better innovation and market responsiveness Get enhancements and new features more quickly Higher quality Get fixes and maintenance to you more quickly Easier change management Small updates instead of monolithic releases Delightful user experience Learner-centric interface coming to the Cloud Better support Less variety of versions, environments How to Summarize & Communicate the Benefits

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