2010 ANZ Short List

2010 ANZ Horizon Report Short List pdf

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

Key Trends

Critical Challenges


Cloud Computing

Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
The practice of cloud computing has not changed substantially since its appearance as Private Clouds in the //2009 Horizon Report: Australia-New Zealand Edition//, although it has continued to grow and remains an important and interesting technology. Cloud computing includes three broad areas of development: cloud-based applications, which are designed for many different tasks and which are hosted in the cloud; development platforms for creating cloud-based applications; and massive computing resources for storage and processing, such as the EC2 or the GoGrid.

Cloud-based applications that allow work and information to be distributed and shared have become particularly worthy of attention by campus planners. Collaboratively-authored documents can be developed by several writers simultaneously. In the classroom, shared documents between students and teachers can change the model of turning in assignments and waiting for feedback; teachers can look in on work in progress, offering assistance at the moment the student is thinking about the task rather than a day or two after it has been completed. For many, the issue is no longer whether to accept cloud-based tools, but how to develop and manage cloud-based work patterns.

Relevance for Teaching, Learning & Creative Enquiry


  • The Medical College of Wisconsin Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center in Milwaukee developed a cloud-based program that allows institutions and individuals inexpensive access to large-scale protein research.
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar offers one of the first cloud platforms in the Middle East, providing its students, researchers, and local businesses new opportunities.
  • Cornell University has developed plans to use cloud computing — especially the cloud’s affordances in working with large amounts of data from multiple sources — to study and promote wildlife conservation and biodiversity.

Cloud Computing in Practice



For Further Reading


7 Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing
http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EST0902.pdf
(Educause, August 2009.) The use of cloud computing as it relates to higher education is discussed in this issue of the 7 Things You Should Know... series.

Cloud Computing: "Be Prepared"
http://www.educause.edu/er/GoldenInterview
(Bernard Golden, Educause Review, July/August 2009.) Cloud computing is more than a fad. This article examines practical, political, and policy issues of the cloud.

Ohio Takes to the Clouds
http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2009/10/22/Ohio-Takes-to-the-Clouds.aspx?Page=2
(Guest Viewpoint, Campus Technology, 22 October 2009.) Cloud computing lowers IT costs, promotes clean technology, and links the University System of Ohio together.