One of the primary technological questions for many businesses these days is how many processes they should move into the cloud. As Data Center Journal writer Jeff Clark recently noted, business decision makers have looked at the technology with both idealism and skepticism. Too much of either can cause missed opportunities, so it is important to consider the real value the cloud can offer and determine how it can be best leveraged in the future.
One of the debates in the technology industry centers around affordability – is migrating to an online database truly more cost effective than managing resources in-house? The answer, as with many deployments, is that it depends on the situation. However, the technology does afford a universal advantage that shouldn’t be overlooked.
“Cloud computing can, however, convert capital expenses into operational expenses – a particularly large benefit for companies (and consumers) in an economy heavy laden with debt and a lack of investment capital,” Clark explained. “And this may be the greatest benefit to some companies, even if long-term costs differ little.”
Cloud technology is at a critical tipping point, as the technology industry begins tempering idealism with realistic objectives, but this phase is only the beginning. Clark predicted that this developing maturity will create a more reliable, secure and affordable set of cloud-enabled tools such as online database software.
The healthcare industry in particular has made significant strides in adopting new technology, despite strict regulatory mandates and compliance concerns. As The Buffalo News recently reported, organizations in New York recently began shifting prescription filing to an online database, which allows for improved tracking and audit reporting.