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Cloud Strategy

Our cloud strategy is largely based on making maximum use of software-as-a-service (SaaS) where this provides us with an opportunity to either implement a new system quickly, access new functionality, and/or reduce the cost and risk associated with running existing systems ourselves.

With software-as-a-service system implementation there is a reduced requirement for on-campus infrastructure so we get savings with respect to server and storage purchase and running costs, and reductions in electricity costs and carbon emissions from our data centres.

We have a number of systems already running in the cloud including:

  • International applications (Studylink)
  • Business process innovation system (Appian)
  • Library resource management system (ex Libris/Alma)
  • Academic integrity tool (Turnitin)
  • Prospective student engagement system (Hobsons)
  • Careers services (Adlogic)
  • eRecruitment (NGA)
  • Office 365 (Microsoft) and student email (Microsoft)

We are in almost constant discussion with a number of our key vendors regarding opportunities to further exploit the cloud.

While most of our cloud strategy is based on software-as-a-service we are also taking advantage of infrastructure-as-a-service where that makes sense.  For example, the delivery of specialised software for students, anywhere, anytime and on any device is underpinned by cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service.

To complement our cloud strategy we are doing quite a bit of work on federated identity to make using different systems in the cloud as simple as possible from an end user perspective.

The "technology" cloud is of course just the first exciting phase - the next big phase will be the "process" cloud.

Further Assistance

If you require further information or assistance please contact the IT Help Desk on (08) 830 25000 or 1300 558 654.