IT professionals in the education space have a difficult task facing them - they have to meet the demands of students, teachers and administrative support staff with what typically amounts to a shoestring budget.
In the past few years, this has meant relying heavily on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that, while inexpensive, tend to be difficult to integrate with existing school resources and rarely meet all the needs of a district. On the other hand, custom-developed applications can meet all of a school IT administrator's needs but are something of a pipe dream, thanks to the personnel, budget and equipment requirements.
This is all changing, however, thanks to the cloud and, in particular, rapid application development (RAD) Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) - a category which is defined by the flexibility and power of the Agile Platform.
For an example, take Faith Academy. A private school with brick-and-mortar locations as well as a virtual curriculum, Faith's vice president of IT, Dan Stueck, was faced with having to upgrade several important applications with a very small budget. Rather than turning to SaaS, Dan went with the Agile Platform, leading to a highly effective partnership in the cloud. You can read the full article at THE Journal.
Our own Mike Jones also offered up his take on RAD PaaS in schools at EdTech Digest - check out Mike's Q&A for great insights into what schools can expect from the cloud in the future and why custom app dev is the future when it comes to school IT.
What about you? What impact do you see RAD PaaS having on your school or your business?