How the Cloud Can Simplify Studying for RN to MSN Online Programs

As a registered nurse working in a hospital, your job is one of the busiest and most stressful of all healthcare positions. You are not only in charge of a number of patients on the floor but the LPNs and Nursing Assistants on your team answer to you as well. Your day is packed with communicating with doctors, talking to patients' families, discussing treatments with your LPN and Nursing Assistant and, of course, seeing to the care of your patients as well.

You also respond to any queries at the nurses' station and communicate with support staff as needed. As if that wasn't enough, you have decided to go for your masters degree in nursing, which can overwhelm you if you don't find a few ways to make better use of your time. That would be what the Cloud is for and why every online masters degree in nursing program should encourage their students to use  the Cloud when pursuing an advanced nursing degree.

How the Cloud Has Changed Education as We Know It

The cloud has impacted many aspects of everyone's everyday life, from the classroom to the workplace and everything in between. But how has the cloud changed education, in particular? Keep reading to learn about a few of the ways that this 21st century technology is helping teachers instruct better, and helping students learn better, even when they're in tough MBA programs online.

Collaboration Is a Snap

Thanks to cloud technology, collaboration with people from all over the globe is easier than ever. There are plenty of ways that you can create files, share them, edit them, and more when you use free products, such as Google Docs, as well as other types of software and apps that are designed for professional collaboration. Everyone from the high school student to the student enrolled in an online MBA program can use the cloud to work on projects with fellow students, as well as share their work with their instructors.

81 Percent of Higher Ed IT Leaders Will Spend More on Cloud Next Year: Here’s Why

Grazed from EdTech. Author: Meghan Bogardus Cortez

With the cloud, collaboration can happen anywhere, data centers can shrink exponentially, and storage is nearly limitless. And institutions of higher education are catching on to this.

According to “Destination Cloud: The Federal and SLED Cloud Journey,” a MeriTalk survey of IT professionals who work in government or higher education, 39 percent of applications at colleges today are cloud-based, but by 2021 that number could rise to 62 percent.

Intelisys Cloud Services University releases a new certification track focused on cloud computing

Grazed from ChannelPro.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Technology services distributor, Intelisys Communications Inc., has released the second certification track from Intelisys Cloud Services University (iCSU), available from

The key focus of the iCSU Cloud Computing Solutions Professional Certification Track is to provide understanding of the cloud from every angle, including virtualization strategies, big data, application management, desktop-as-a-service, data migration strategies, and cloud storage architectures. Participants will learn about the different types of cloud silos available, and what workloads make sense where, gaining the knowledge they need to be the voice of clarity for their customers...

What K-12 IT Leaders Really Think About the Cloud

Grazed from EdTech. Author: Frank Smith.

New technology is making it easier for school IT leaders to manage vast amounts of data. While cloud solutions have helped in this regard, some K–12 districts are reluctant to fully embrace the advantages offered by cloud services. In Cloud 401, a new report from CDW, more than 1,200 IT leaders from sectors such as business, healthcare, federal and state governments and K–12 were surveyed about their approaches to cloud services.

K–12 district IT experts surveyed said that 42 percent of their services are delivered either totally or partially through the cloud. “Cloud services have such great appeal that departments outside IT are often sourcing them independently," says Stephen Braat, vice president of cloud and managed solutions at CDW...

IBM SmartCloud Powers an International Approach to Education

Grazed from EdTechMag. Author: Dr. Frank Smith.

IBM is taking its Big Data and cloud capabilities overseas to help transform a French institution into a "smart business school" with international reach. EMLYON Business School has partnered with IBM to use the company’s technologies to provide a more personalized education experience to its international students.

Cloud computing techniques can make education more compelling and encourage students to explore more topics, Katharine Frase, vice president and CTO of IBM’s public sector, told EdTech. It’s also a technology that makes sense for a school that intends to offer courses in multiple languages to countries on multiple continents...

Cloud Computing: From IT Service Providers To Platform Service Providers

Grazed from BusinessWorld.  Author: Krishnakumar Natarajan.

Change is the only constant. In an ever-changing IT landscape, CIOs have to constantly meet business challenges through efficient IT adoption. With wide scale proliferation of Cloud-based solutions, there is a dramatic shift from traditional in-premise implementations towards cloud-based solution. As CIOs are actively taking their organization’s business to the cloud and adopting disruptive technologies like mobile computing, the IT service companies too have to evolve and align their offerings, capabilities and delivery models to cater to the enterprise of the future.

Enterprises have changed their focus on IT investment from capex to opex, which has resulted in more services based business spend rather than on IT infrastructure. Due to this trend the traditional or core IT services like ERP implementation, Applications Development, support and maintenance etc. have reached a plateau and are on decline in terms of enterprise spends...

Using the cloud to enable a mobile student body

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Drew Turney.

Bryant University, a private education provider based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with a 150-year history, has around 3,400 students, over 85 percent of them residential, as well as 700 staff and faculty members. The 420-acre, 50-building campus is run by a centralised IT function, meaning staff members have their work cut out for them.

All Bryant University students receive a laptop configured and issued by the IT department, and they're encouraged to use their own devices to collaborate with teachers and each other. Director of computer and telecommunications services Rich Siedzik called the resulting online learning management system "state of the art", but said the proliferation of devices and application endpoints needed to support it led to a 300 percent increase in the amount of data stored and managed by the university in just the last four years...

Microsoft Launches Educational Program to Help Partners Bring SMBs to the Cloud

Grazed from TheWhir. Author: Chris Burton.

Microsoft is aiming to help its partners draw SMBs into cloud computing with a program called Cloud SureStep. Cloud SureStep is an educational program launched this week to teach SMBs about how cloud computing works and how it can benefit them. The announcement is detailed in a post on Microsoft’s blog on the World Partner Conference 2014 site.

The post claims that the program will teach companies how to use the cloud to lower cost-of-sale, increase sales volume, generate demand with digital marketing, and generate service revenue. “Cloud SureStep is the one-stop resource built within our MPN website to help our partners establish, grow and thrive in the cloud,” Thomas Hansen, VP Small and Medium Business, Worldwide SMS&P, said in the blog post...

Cloud Bolsters HPC/HTC Student Research

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti.

Usually terms such as high performance and high availability are addressed by big corporations and institutions; however, something has changed over the past years as a real revolution is emerging from university classrooms. Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti, Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture at Complutense University of Madrid, describes some of the promising work being carried out by his students. Cloud computing represents an incredible boost for research in the HPC and HTC areas. Their adoption has increased thanks to this technology, and accordingly, so has the number of worldwide students with a focus on cloud-enabled technology.

Master thesis projects are not only the final challenge for our students, they are also a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on their efforts. This is crucial for attracting interesting job opportunities once they leave the university. Companies demanding technologically qualified employees see in these projects the perfect companion in their recruiting processes, as the candidates can easily showcase their competence with bleeding edge technologies...