My colleagues in IBM Education, Mike King (US IBM), Chris Bernbrock (US IBM), Patty Sullivan (US IBM), continue to keep me posted on the adoption of Cloud Computing by schools and universities.    Patty recently showed me some material about the business of education during a visit of a group of New Zealand CIO’s.   Many service systems, such as schools and universities, have buildings they maintain.   Keeping track of all the assets (from light bulbs to walls that need painting to trees that need pruning) and planning schedules to optimize their maintenance is of great interest from a service operations perspective, and I am enjoying reading the MAXIMO case studies on this topic.

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