Cloud technology can benefit just about any industry you can think of. More than likely this includes yours. Many industries, ranging from trucking to financial to education, have seen the advantages of moving to cloud computing. Several of the services available with cloud adoption (e.g. the ability to access your desktop any time, decreased downtime and better security) have helped companies within these industries. Today’s post will detail how cloud technology has benefited businesses within some of these industries.
Health Care Industry
Ken Terry says that the question in health care about the adoption of cloud technology is not if, but when. Cloud technology offers the health care sector numerous benefits. It allows health care providers to ensure that they are in compliance with various laws and regulations. Accenture lists several areas in which the cloud will benefit those in the field (including both health care providers and their patients).
- Data security- While many physicians cite security concerns as a main deterrent, the cloud is actually quite safe. Not only do cloud providers offer a guaranteed level of security based on industry requirements, a centralized way of handling patient data allows for improved protection.
- Improved quality of care- In a previous post we mentioned how billions of dollars’ worth of incentives are being offered to those who show “meaningful use” of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). These EHRs allow for easier exchange of data between providers.
- Reduced costs- Cloud technology offers health care professionals the opportunity to outsource software hosting, maintenance and support. This outsourcing allows for a reduced cost in terms of IT.
- Increased access- As more health care providers move toward the cloud, more parties will have access to the information they need to make informed decisions.
Financial Services Industry
A change in perception has led many in the financial services industry to embrace the cloud. Many companies are more comfortable with having their data stored on a cloud, especially since it offers them many of the same benefits it offers those in the health care industry. Small businesses in this industry, such as credit unions, have realized that the cloud allows them to protect their data and meet the needs of their clients at much lower costs than traditional infrastructures. Another major benefit of cloud technology is disaster recovery: valuable financial data is protected from disasters because data is stored off-site.
Attorneys in a wide variety of practices can benefit from employing cloud technology. Flexible access is a main draw for many in the legal field. Cloud solutions allow them to access the data they need from anywhere: home, office or the courthouse. It also allows attorneys to stay up-to-date with the latest legal information since data is centralized. And since legal information is highly sensitive, the fact that the cloud allows for increased security is a huge draw. According to Olivier Tallieu, “A cloud-based document management system always stays up to date and thus does away with liability.”
Another sector that has seen the benefits of cloud technology is the government. As we discussed in our previous blog, government agencies are required to consider the cloud as the first option when it comes to technology solutions. The author of the document, advocating the use of cloud technology in government stated, that cloud computing would allow it to shift how they serve the people.
At IronOrbit, we have a proven track record in helping businesses in these areas, as well as more than 20 others. We are proud to offer customized cloud solutions tailored to your business and your industry. Contact us to hear about how we can help your organization no matter what field you are in.