Similar to the enterprise sector, the higher education landscape is facing a great deal of uncertainty thanks to myriad trends colliding and introducing new challenges. What can institutions do today to remain competitive when there isn’t a clear path to success in the future? Despite this unpredictability, one thing is for certain: Institutions need to become more agile and responsive.
Higher education isn’t the only industry facing uncertainty. Outside academia, businesses are facing similar challenges and are taking steps to reshape their organizations so they can adapt quickly to market changes or reinvent themselves if needed. Institutions can follow suit and implement similar strategies to become more agile organizations.
Businesses that embrace agile tactics can adapt faster to external and internal changes outside of their control. Becoming more agile allows organizations to respond quickly to customer demands, enable greater levels of productivity, and remain competitive in unpredictable settings.
Although there’s no clear-cut definition for an “agile organization,” there are several hallmark characteristics that institutions should target, including:
Transforming into a more agile organization can take years due to the evolution’s scope, which covers strategy, culture, people, process, and technology. Technology is a critical pillar, as it sits at the foundation of any agile organization and plays a pivotal role in modernization and digital transformation endeavors.
Cloud computing and cloud-based services can help higher education institutions develop an adaptable IT infrastructure that enables greater flexibility, scalability, and anytime, anywhere access. Cloud computing adoption rates are expected to spike among institutions as organizations look to support remote learning opportunities, reduce operating expenses, and enable new levels of efficiency.
Here is how the cloud can help institutions become more agile.
The days of predictability in higher education are coming to an end. Institutions must be responsive to unforeseen changes and must be agile enough to navigate uncharted terrain. Adopting an agile mindset and technology strategy is one of the best ways for higher education institutions to thrive in an age of uncertainty.
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