How Cloud Migration can benefit the Classroom

Understanding how Cloud Migration can be beneficial for the classroom

Why is Cloud Migration important?

The cloud describes systems or services that are hosted and managed online, rather than locally in the school building. Computers, including smart devices and mobile phones, which are now increasingly operating in this way to enable and streamline services and processes to enable the daily operation of your School.

Cloud migration means moving your systems and services to the cloud:

  • Can potentially break down barriers you encounter with older systems, such as remote access
  • Can lead to a cost saving for capital spends
  • Can be more secure with effective cyber security controls 
  • Save physical space

You may already be using some cloud-based services, such as:

  • communication tools – including email, instant messaging, video conferencing and telephony.
  • new versions of core office applications which are essential in the working world – including Microsoft 365 or a appropiate Google Workspace 
  • specialist applications – including HR and finance systems, management information systems (MIS) and curriculum software and content.
  • back office systems – including document storage, backup, content, filtering and user and device management
  • online servers – for example, full versions of school servers hosted online and managed over the internet.

Some schools may have everything in the cloud with a server-free solution. For others, a ‘hybrid’ approach will be suitable, with a mix of cloud and locally hosted systems or services. Moving to the cloud can be a gradual process and one which is specific to your school’s or trust’s requirements.

How does Cloud Migration benefit Schools?

Cloud Migration can reduce costs by:

  • Reducing licence costs – leading technology providers offer free-to-use cloud services, including communication tools and core office applications
  • Using cloud only user devices – cost effective and reliable devices, designed to link directly to cloud applications, are widely available and usually cheaper than the systems they replace
  • Saving money on the energy required to run and cool on-site servers

Cloud based services could also help financial planning as you:

  • Move to predictable annual subscriptions
  • May see a reduction in capital refresh costs – for example, reducing the need to replace old servers
  • Not requiring to replace ‘cloud only’ devices as often, and it may extend the lifespan of older devices

Moving to cloud-based services can help increase efficiency:

  • Give staff the flexibility to access services from wherever they are, using the devices that are most convenient for them
  • Support collaboration by helping staff to easily share and co-author documents, files, lesson content and plans – reducing duplication of effort and potentially boosting morale
  • Make it easier for teachers and pupils to research, analyse and use new curriculum resources
  • Reduce the time it takes to access data and applications anywhere, due to faster log in times

Effectiveness – increase your productivity with what you can do

Moving to cloud-based services can make it easier to access applications and content, wherever there is an internet connection:

  • Reducing the workload of local technical support teams, as applications can be automatically updated and managed
  • Mitigating the risk of files and data being lost

It could also support flexible working as you can access data remotely at any time.

Next Steps

Our cloud solutions range from as simple as Microsoft 365 for email, and remote learning environments or Hybrid solutions, to fully-hosted SaaS and IaaS solutions.

We provide recommendations based on a customer’s needs and not as a catch-all solution. As provide a “Service First” Approach. At Mother Technologies, we work with you to create a solution that works for yo,

Our passion is to help you create the safest, most advanced, and sustainable IT environment to support the education of your pupils, Whilst doing it in a most cost-effective way meaning your budget goes further.

The IT requirements of an educational establishment are unique and we understand them. That’s why we continue to work with educational institutions across Scotland or more importantly why they continue to choose to partner with Mother Technologies, when it comes to IT support for Schools, We support Schools with their IT requirements as our headquarters are based within Aberdeen but we support IT services for Schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and across Scotland, we’ve over 10 years of experience in working with Schools. When you partner with us, we’ll work with you, around the timetable of the academic year and in line with your annual budget to deliver a unique solution tailored to your establishment.

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