Quick adoption of the latest advancements in technology is a surefire way to increase productivity and profit. One domain of technology that is gaining momentum in our current corporate world is cloud computing. One advantage that cloud storage brings for businesses is that they don’t have to purchase infrastructure, for which costs can be staggering. Cloud storage allows businesses to be more flexible with information and data, which can be collaborated on and accessed from anywhere in the world and from any device.
Have you decided to shift your organization’s operations to the cloud? No transition could ever hope to be successful without careful consideration of all relevant factors. Are you aware of the concerns you should be taking into account for this change? Here is a definitive list of factors that you must consider when moving to the cloud.
Many hospitals and healthcare facilities resort to using outdated computers and software for locating your medical history even today, which firstly, makes it hard to locate and time-consuming, and secondly, the information may not be up to date! While these systems may be one notch up from the almost obsolete paper file systems, they are yet short of the level of efficiency these systems demand.
The solution? The conversion of healthcare facilities to using electronic health records. It was estimated that 2015 was to be the year in which most providers will be using cloud services, but even now the healthcare industry lags behind and has a long way to go.
We have already covered the public vs. private cloud debate, but you may still not have been able to arrive at a definitive verdict (the cost of being completely unbiased). However, let’s not forget how we established that each has its own offering. While private is more secure, public is more cost-effective. That said, let’s not assume that public cloud is an utterly insecure and unsafe option. There are many ways in which public cloud can be made more secure, and that’s the topic of discussion this week.
While public cloud may not be innately secure enough, there are third-party tools that can help provide you peace of mind. Besides which we, as experts, always recommend the thorough reading of your service agreement in order to get a better understanding of the level of security the provider is offering and whether or not it meets your requirements and expectations.
While cloud based technology has established a good foothold and businesses have finally realized its potential, the technology itself has evolved significantly over the past few years. While the evolution owes a lot to higher internet speed and more reliable connections, it is also due to the change in how cloud-based solutions are designed and implemented.
Today, the newest trend in these solutions is of cloud based business management suites that mimic social networks and work as a complete collaboration platform for businesses. Offering more flexibility and freedom, these solutions work far better than standalone specific-purpose applications. In simpler words, these cloud based business management suites are actually helping businesses migrate their entire infrastructure to cloud without excessive cost or efforts.
It was said that ‘the cloud is the future’, but it was never really specified which cloud, exactly. As IT experts, we understand that cloud computing can be a complicated subject and vague statements simply don’t help consumers in making the right decision. Once you have decided to shift to cloud, that is just the beginning of it all. Ahead lies a series of decisions that can make a world of difference with the degree to which they can benefit your business.
One of the most important decisions in this regard is choosing between private or public cloud. Now the service providers may further complicate the scenario with their own technical jargons and explanations based on their preferences. The key to making the right decision is in actually understanding how the two concepts differ and what exactly they offer.