Using Cloud Computing in Higher Education: A Strategy to Improve Agility in the Current Financial Crisis
In the current financial crisis and being challenged by growing needs, universities are facing problems in providing necessary Information Technology (IT) support for educational, research and development activities. The objective of this paper is to find alternatives to the use of IT, while leading universities to improve agility and obtain savings. The research methodology consisted in a rigorous analysis of the latest research on Cloud Computing as an alternative to IT provision, management and security. It also took into account the best practices for Cloud Computing usage within universities, plus the authors' experience in IT and higher education. The paper begins with a brief introduction to Cloud Computing in universities, referring to the most important results obtained so far.