Higher education institutions are facing major challenges in how they teach and interact with the new age student. Not only do they have to deal with increasing budget constraints, but they must also stay at the digital forefront in order to retain and recruit students. The wave of the Internet of Things (IoT) will further compound this shift in what students expect from colleges and how they will learn.
By 2020, there will be an estimated 26 billion smart devices in use around the world. Now is the time for colleges to change how they do business. They must make structural changes that will balance financial limitations with the need to employ the technology that students bring into the classroom.
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This paper explores how cloud computing can help higher education institutions simplify their IT structure and reduce associated costs, allowing them to redeploy these resources to handle the wave of IoT technology on campuses.