Moving to SaaS has reduced our total cost of ownership for Blackboard Learn; we are especially seeing benefits from a reduced administrative burden.

Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
Digital Learning Manager
Edge Hill University

Reason for moving to SaaS: 

“Our overall direction is to move our systems to the cloud in order to minimize the time our technical team must invest in maintaining these systems and maximize our ability to deliver new updates to our users.”

Transition experience:

  • August 2018 - Moved to SaaS with Original experience from Managed Hosting
  • August 2018 - Rolled out Collaborate Ultra 
  • January 2019 - Rolled out Ally 

Perspective on SaaS:

“The move to SaaS was relatively painless. We worked with our Bb team to plan, test and communicate our move—we teamed together and migrated the system faster than expected.”

“Now that our technical staff doesn’t have to worry about managing Blackboard, they have refocused on building more system integrations and analyzing our learner analytics.”

“Getting new features without downtime is terrific. It means we don’t have to communicate downtimes to our users—we can focus on sharing positive communications.”

“Our Ally usage is growing; we’re noticing a real increase in amended and changed content by academics.”


  • Lancashire, United Kingdom