In This Issue: Focus on Cloud Computing

THIN CLIENTS: Texas school district deploys SaaS
MANAGEMENT: IT staff must adopt new skills for the cloud
INFRASTRUCTURE: Automate provisioning and chargeback
PRODUCTIVITY: Office 365 will change how you work

April 5, 2011  

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Classrooms in the Cloud
Thin clients and cloud computing reduce costs and ease maintenance

The Conroe Independent School District in Texas deploys thin clients, or what it calls web PCs, along with software as a service. The district continues to expand the rollout because students and teachers clamor for the devices.

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Shifting Skill Sets
Cloud computing deployments require a different sort of IT expertise

Two schools made the move to the cloud, but found that IT admins and students had to adapt and learn new skills for their new environment.

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Tech Tips  

Seeding Your Cloud
Pick up pointers on achieving automation for cloud computing provisioning and chargeback.

The faster you move, the more you can get done. These four tips for automating tools in the cloud will help you work more efficiently.

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Tech Watch  

Microsoft Office 365
Forthcoming suite brings communications, collaboration and productivity together in the cloud

Microsoft will beef up the next generation of Business Productivity Online Standard Suite with powerful collaboration tools blended into a single service.

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Best Practices

Cloud Storage: With proper planning, the rewards of storing data in the cloud will outweigh the risks.

Reference Guide

Cloud Computing: Making the Cloud Achievable

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