""'f I had a crystal ball and could look 10 years down the road, I would say that many small- and medium-sized universities will move their computer centers to the cloud, allowing vendors to perform basic operations, including disaster recovery, security, backup, patches, fixes, and updates,' predicts Roger V. Bruszewski, vice president for finance and administration, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania. 'The universities will focus attention and resources on providing services to the front-end user.'
He explains that his institution's financial and HR systems are already housed in a private cloud with 13 other institutions and that student and advancement systems will soon join them. 'I see us slowly scaling down our back-office operations,' he says. 'The economics of higher education are driving us to a lower common denominator. I don't see how we can survive if we continue to duplicate multimillion-dollar capital projects when they can be scaled to another location.'"