Everyone's talking about the cloud these days—it's a popular buzzword that people use to make technology sound more exciting. But it's also much more than that, especially if you know how to take advantage of the many benefits of cloud technology. Is your company investing in cloud services?
If you're currently using a cloud service or considering one, you're in good company. Recent estimates suggest that upwards of 88% of companies are using some sort of cloud service, whether public (like Google or Microsoft) or private. But it's important to keep in mind that the cloud isn't a plug-and-play technology; there are considerations that should be taken into account before, during, and after implementing any cloud service.
Many people think of the cloud as this ethereal storage place where no one can break in. In fact, the cloud can actually serve as a major loophole in your office security if you're not careful—especially if you're using a public cloud service and not properly securing your data. Make sure your cloud security is up to par, and that you're firmly within the realm of HIPAA regulations and other regulatory requirements.
The most important thing you can do when choosing a cloud service is choose the right vendor. You don't want to end up with a company that won't last long or will be hard to work with. Do you research, ask around in your field, and try to opt for someone local. Above all, be sure you can anticipate the company lasting as long as your business does.
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