Realize your vision for digital transformation

Dell EMC and the Dell Technologies family of brands are untied to work together to help institutions achieve their digital transformation strategies— Dell Technologies, brings together the innovations of Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware into one family of strategically aligned businesses. We work closely to partner with institutions on pursing student outcomes improvement, supporting new, innovative faculty research, better operational efficiency and modernizing campus IT environments.

The need to innovate

The Need to Innovate in Data Transformation

Today, higher education institutions are at a pivotal moment. They are in the middle of a significant shift in educational models, delivering both unique learning models and student campus experiences through digital transformation. Students are increasingly taking advantage of technology on demand to meet their own learning needs and chart their own path to workforce readiness. This change around why, how and when students are learning is the driving force behind the growing need for technological advancement on campuses.

As a result, IT infrastructure has changed drastically. Application modernization and enhanced proactive security frameworks are paramount to the digital transition process. It’s no longer just about managing hardware or software — IT systems must deliver
the technology and services that enable agility, efficiency and learning innovation to support student outcomes, improve decision making across the organization and transform IT to provide more efficient services. Institutional leadership is therefore looking for opportunities where technology can support students as they prepare for their careers, using data and predictive analytics to improve success and completion, and engaging faculty through IT services to support their research initiatives.

To foster student success, institutions are also seeking fresh learning approaches that reinvigorate classrooms through innovative and immersive teaching methodologies that increase collaboration and student engagement. Students are picking tech-savvy colleges and workplaces that can advance their  learning while offering them a compelling degree track.

Colleges and universities also want to enable operational efficiency at the academic, administrative and resource levels to maximize available dollars for teaching and learning — and to offset the ever-rising costs of education.


Achieving effective digital transformation is difficult for many higher education institutions because they face an ever-increasing list of barriers. These include:

1. Stagnant or diminishing budgets. Ongoing fiscal challenges at all levels of higher education are requiring more operational efficiency.

2. Staffing shortages. There was a surge of retirements following the 2008 recession, and today’s colleges and universities also find themselves competing with the private sector for new employees.

3. Decentralized computing. Due to disparate computing resources for research needs, there is a lack of interdisciplinary collaboration across campus for many institutions.

4. Institutional risk. The complexity of managing increasingly larger infrastructures with the same or fewer IT employees heightens the risk associated with human error, potentially causing IT outages or information loss.

5. Challenges streamlining administrative and IT processes. Disparate systems are complicated to automate because they continually need patch installations and software updates. This creates an untenable compatibility matrix.

6. Campus safety. Student and safe campus environments are top of mind for parents and students. Demand for higher-resolution video cameras in buildings, dorms and remote campus locations is increasing, driving surveillance to the data center as institutions seek to support the compute, storage and networking requirements of modern surveillance systems.

7. Decentralized Shadow IT groups. IT subgroups scattered across campus are often not being held accountable to IT guidelines, objectives and initiatives. These groups increase risk to the institution through lack of compliance, security and data protection, and they increase the cost and complexity to support institutional operations.

8. Campus network security. Higher education has the greatest number of security breaches of any industry sector — since 2005, more than 500 breaches involving 13 million records (Source: University Business August 2016). Cybersecurity threats and network security are continually top priorities for CIOs and CISOs.

The drive to transform higher education

Real innovation on campus happens through digital transformation—when higher education institutions reinvent themselves and realize their digital future by deploying modern technologies across their entire organization. For colleges and universities, the results of his transformation are work force ready students and alumni, transformative and engaging faculty, and innovative research capacity.

Digital transformation takes place through the implementation of a modern IT infrastructure that drives new research classroom collaboration and engagement, and automates previously complex tasks that required hands-on, manual processes.

Higher education institutions today need to upgrade their IT environments as part of an overall MAT (modernize, automate and transform) methodology — an approach designed to create improvements by better utilizing IT personnel so they can be freed to focus on both supporting and driving innovation across campus. By transforming the IT infrastructure, campus IT leaders can provide the tools that students will use in the workplace and offer modern technology platforms that attract the best faculty and researchers.

The path forward

Digital Transformation Path Forward

Higher education IT leaders today want to improve student and institutional success through IT initiatives that include bringing digital transformation to their campus experience. How can they get there?

Dell EMC is positioned to help. Building on its extensive relationships with colleges and universities throughout the world, Dell EMC offers much more than technology. It provides a partnership in digital transformation.

Dell EMC provides comprehensive, holistic solutions that are rooted in a thorough understanding of the missions, visions and strategies of higher education institutions.

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Driving Innovation and Student Success through Digital Transformation