Published on February 27, 2014
Technology has revolutionised many aspects of the education system. A huge percentage of classrooms are fitted with “electronic whiteboards”, ICT suites are available within many schools, pupils logon to websites to access their homework and parents can monitor the educational performance of their children online.
We had the pleasure of seeing the effective use of technology in learning whilst working with an organisation that provides teachers and students with access to a managed library of online educational services. They were keen to extend the range of applications available without incurring extensive re-development costs, and without losing valuable market share whilst waiting for essential applications to become available in the Cloud.
We worked with them to virtualize some key educational applications and publish to their online library. Key considerations during this web-enablement process included:
At Cloudhouse, our approach transports feature-rich applications – which have been developed and built for use within an on-premise desktop environment - and deploys them as cloud solutions delivered securely, reliably and with no impact on performance or user experience.
This collaborative solution was given the toughest of all tests, with a class of 5 year olds users! During this in-situ proof of concept, the teacher was able to easily login. The children were then presented with the applications they had the rights to access and could then “Click and Run™” the one they wanted to use. Because the solution doesn’t rely on RDS (Remote Desktop Services), the services behaved as though they were in a natively configured environment – and when the class finished, the children were easily able to print their work and save it to a network to be re-used at a later date.
Despite emergency security patches issued by Microsoft for a number of its legacy operating systems, WannaCry highlighted a major risk faced by companies running business critical applications on unsupported systems. It also showed that, without on-going support, it will become too costly, in both monetary and reputational terms, for organisations to continue running their legacy applications.