Get Ready To Be Awesome In University IT
University IT and faculty teams that have improved the student experience by virtualizing all the apps are awesome. We love to share in their success and here's how you can too.
The top 5 ways to be an inspiring university IT team...
Taking inspiration and stories from our customers, we've put together 5 simple steps to an awesome university IT department.
1. Make students happy
We hear the phrase 'student experience' so much we can forget what it really means. Students enroll in universities for many reasons but mainly to gain a qualification in their chosen field and learn about a more independent way of living. Whatever IT and Technology can do to make this easier and less time consuming the better for the student.
Students want the tools needed to help them study. Students want to access the applications they need anywhere, anytime and on demand on their own laptop. They don't want to be governed by the confines of lab/room availability or software that runs really slowly. Virtualizing all the applications they need and deploying them through a "University App Store" is the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to give students what they need. The app performs as fast as being installed locally.
2. Make university staff happy
Your university colleagues also want to get their work done. Timetabling classes based on lab availability and then waiting 5 minutes for everyone to log on and download software is wasted time. How often do your colleagues leave their workstation unattended while booting up takes 5 to 10 minutes? Improving the way the way the desktop works makes everybody more effective.
3. Be more supportive
Who benefits the most from having a super cool IT team that spend all their time building images, packaging applications and managing an ever-growing server farm? No one. Liberate your IT team so they can be proactive.
Our customers have found that as their teams are spending 75% less time packaging and no longer needed to support and maintain a mega image, they can now spend more time focusing on other important aspects of their IT infrastructure and network, and there's less firefighting. Updates can be scheduled at a time that suits IT and with AppsAnywhere upgrades and patches can be installed with no impact on the end user.
4. Go green
One of the major, unexpected benefits universities and community colleges have found from using AppsAnywhere to virtualize applications is the improvement in their green IT credentials. The removal of the need for dedicated labs frees up assets in terms of space and hardware, as well as reducing electrical usage by up to 25%. One of our customers saved on production of CDs as high as two Statues of Liberty!
5. Invest $$$ more wisely
At a university or college software licensing is a major issue (normally dealt with by a team of people), purely because they use such a large number of applications from a huge number of different software vendors. The situation is further complicated by very little standardization with how software is licensed. Number of users, site, device, concurrent, on-site, off-site, own device, student device, etc.
The ways are almost endless. In collaboration with the universities who use AppsAnywhere, we created a set of reports aimed at making savings around license usage.