Outsourcing grows as institutions find silver lining in cloud computing

Hannah Fearn on the bottom-line benefits of transferring IT functions to Google and Microsoft Universities are increasingly farming out their computing services to the likes of Google and Microsoft as a way of reducing costs. Rob Bristow, programme manager at the Joint Information Systems Committee, said that universities traditionally have been reluctant to outsource their complex and unique IT services to external companies. "Outsourcing is a bit of a dirty word in some quarters," he…