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Learning in the Cloud
“We would have cancellations spike on Friday. We definitely had to have a solution that was on demand and flexible,” he said. “We’ve had so many people that can join our public open enrollment classes [now] because of the virtual [aspect].”
Cloud computing also allows learning professionals to find experts more easily, as well as connect learners with mentors around the world.
Prepare for Stormy Weather
As with any new technology, there are several key concerns learning executives should address before migrating over to the cloud.
For starters, NIST cites a 2008 study by IDC that asked participants to rate challenges ascribed to the “cloud” model on a scale of one to five, with one being “not significant” and five being “very significant.” About 75 percent of respondents ranked security a four or five, making it the No. 1 concern. This was followed by performance (63.1 percent), availability (63.1 percent), difficulty in integrating with in-house IT (61.1 percent), difficulty in bringing services back in-house (50 percent) and regulatory requirements that prohibit or limit cloud computing (49.2 percent).
In August 2009, Educause, a nonprofit that works to advance higher education through the use of information technology, published an article in which it said cloud computing “introduces significant concerns about privacy, security, data integrity, intellectual property management, audit trails and other issues.”
“A lot of those are legit,” Cross said. But he added that researcher and author Andrew McAfee has asked hundreds of companies about their primary fears in engaging in cloud computing. Respondents reported fearing that “somebody’s going to give away company secrets or that somebody’s going to criticize the company, or give advice on legal or medical matters, and that’s going to go public,” Cross said. “He searched far and wide and he hasn’t found anyone who has had this happen. It’s a myth.”
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