Why “The Cloud” Is More Than Just Thin Air

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Technology and Industry websites, local and national news outlets, and around the water cooler, the words “the cloud” resonate with a sense of uncertainty and opportunity. By now, most of us know what it is – the ability to access data from any mobile device or computer with Internet access.  But what does this actually mean? How does the cloud improve our professional and personal lives?

 The Cloud offers a variety of productivity and cost containment options.  For instance, it eliminates accessibility barriers to data stored underground, in basements or off-site storage facilities.  Because we live in a world where immediate gratification is paramount, access to data has quickly risen to top of the priority list for businesses looking to achieve higher levels of client satisfaction. Universities are eliminating libraries in favor of e-books.  Doctor’s manage patient care with a laptop rather than a 6” paper intensive medical record.  Even our grandparents are sending us e-cards on our birthday and embracing Facetime as a means of communication.

 In spite of the digital data revolution, there are numerous Fortune 1000, 500, 100 companies and small to mid-size businesses frozen in the traditional, paper based process.  They still have filing cabinets and years of data stored on their computer hard drive.  This is commonly referred to as the digital junkyard because data is everywhere and there’s absolutely no sense of organization.  We have more silos of information than ever before. Consequently, keeping track of the “what and where” is a mind-boggling puzzle that has a direct impact on the bottom line. 

 The Cloud offers cost effective, innovative software options.  The cloud allows us to efficiently manage data, accessible from any mobile or desk top source with Internet connectivity.  When Cloud is incorporated into document management software solutions and business process automation, the paper and process chaos is minimized. With these systems you can carefully keep track of every document, every piece of data, 24/7 from anywhere in the world.