Email archiving isn’t the only industry that’s adopted cloud-based storage – since cloud technology makes it easier for organisations to collaborate and access data, plenty of other sectors are migrating to the cloud and enjoying its benefits.
Here are 3 examples of how government institutions, healthcare institutions, and corporate sales can benefit from cloud storage:
1. Government Institutions
If you think private organisations manage huge amounts of data on a daily basis, imagine the amount of sensitive data the government has to manage!
Well, the Canadian government has seen success from implementing cloud storage in connection with hybrid facilities by creating and sustaining a massive super computing initiative based on cloud control.
GovPlace reported that besides creating almost 150 jobs, the project allows the government to work on 20 individual large scale projects at the same time – from urban planning to climate control. They have found that it allows for more work to get done while spending less of the federal budget on IT-based projects. In fact, the service has been credited for being the reason that the overall efficiency, connectivity, and cost management of government computing has improved.
2. Healthcare Institutions
Houston Business Journal reported that Texas Children’s Hospital has begun their migration to cloud storage for its speed and cost efficiency. At the moment, they’re running trials of the infrastructure by placing spam and unessential information in the cloud. However, the hospital’s IT Vice President, Myra Davis, said that the majority of resources would follow suit if the test was successful.
Davis said that cloud storage is attractive to large healthcare institutions because of its fast response times, and it’s a quick way to save money. Also, it can easily control, protect and share extremely sensitive information without compromising compliance with strict industry regulations.
Small practices are also following this trend. In fact, Information Week reported that small practices (of about 2-4 physicians) are rapidly shifting to electronic health records that use the software as a service (SaaS) model.
For small practices, the cloud helps to keep systems up and running, customising the electronic health records to its needs, without having to employ a full-time IT person or spending tens of thousands of dollars building their own system.
3. Corporate Sales
Cloud-based storage is an appealing solution to organisations that deal with analytics and business intelligence, because they manage large amounts of data that needs to be accessed and collaborated on by many people.
Especially in the context of sales initiatives, cloud storage helps salespeople gain insights from the data, so it’s the go-to trend for corporate data management and evaluation.
The best example of the rising popularity of this kind of software is Salesforce. Gartner reported that Salesforce reached $2.5 billion in revenue (14% of the CRM market), and has recently overtaken SAP as the top CRM software vendor, posting a 26% year-over-year revenue growth in 2012.
Organisations who use these solutions are able to access files remotely, share more proposals, create more sales contacts, and data mine prospects on the go. This makes it an extremely flexible system to use because associates can get on-demand access to the data they need to lock in a sale wherever they are.
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