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The business case for modernizing higher education IT infrastructure

Hybrid learning has exposed the need for more uniform and secure access to academic resources. As higher education institutions continue to evolve in this environment, so does the need for modernized IT systems and infrastructure, says a longtime higher education technology leader. 

Creating a frictionless and successful experience for students and faculty remains a critical priority for higher education leaders. That means having reliable networks and servers and enhanced connectivity, according to Hernan Londono, senior higher education strategist at Dell Technologies and a former higher education CTO.

In a new episode of EdScoop’s CuttingEDge podcast, Londono discusses how universities can deploy and finance infrastructure upgrades to provide the equipment for educational needs. He highlights how The University of Texas at San Antonio worked with Dell to address a combination of IT performance challenges that stymied researchers and students from getting the information they needed, notably during peak registration periods.

Acknowledging that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, he explains how Dell works with institutions to develop “different consumption models and financing models so that institutions can have options when they need to access newer technologies.”

Londono also explains why replacing legacy IT infrastructure and applications with modernized technology equips institutions for a digital world that consumers have come to rely on, providing a more competitive advantage. 

He also highlights why advancements in artificial intelligence, mixed reality and even quantum computing are all areas that leaders should keep an eye on as they continue to map out their investment strategies. 

Listen to the full podcast conversation on improving student success with modern infrastructure on EdScoop.com. And hear more of our latest coverage on IT developments across the higher education technology community by subscribing to the “Cutting EDge” podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify and Stitcher.

Hernan Londono is a senior higher education strategist with Dell Technologies and brings more than 22 years of technology and leadership skills as the former Associate Vice-President for Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Barry University. He has experience in the design, development, and deployment of technology systems and services in support of academic and administrative functions and all cybersecurity efforts aimed at protecting such systems. 

Learn more about modernizing higher education IT systems with Dell Technologies. 

This podcast was produced by Scoop News Group for EdScoop and underwritten by Dell Technologies.

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Every two weeks, the Cutting EDge Podcast will bring you the latest in higher education technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending topics in depth and highlight news across the campus IT landscape. Each episode will feature conversations with top executives across higher education on things like hybrid learning, emerging technology, cybersecurity and modernization.

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Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop & EdScoop at Scoop News Group. Williams has spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins-and-outs of state and local government as well as higher education. Williams started his journalism career in regional journalism in his native Pennsylvania, and also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.