Posts Tagged ‘cloud’
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
A recent survey by the hosting company Rackspace reinforces the idea that saving time and money are critical components in the minds of those making the switch to cloud computing. Respondents named freeing up of dollars and time for reinvestment into other product and service innovation of the highest priority. This trend of moving into the cloud, driven by cost savings, is highlighted yet again with recent news of the U.S. Navy moving into cloud computing,(following in the footsteps of the CIA). The obvious savings of time and money can be an excellent goal for any company, but the challenge lies in not discounting all the other benefits a well-designed cloud content management system can provide.
Let’s look toward hospitals for an example: Facing increased needs for electronic storage of patient files, many hospitals are considering cloud content management systems as an efficient and economical way to deal with patient records without having to build an internal I.T. infrastructure. This establishes cost and time savings. What are some of the other ways in which moving to the cloud could have a positive effect on business processes?
More efficient collaboration: With easy access to the files of shared patients, specialists and other healthcare providers can work together to provide a better quality of integrated care, while reducing the chances of duplicating files.
Controlled access and organization: By giving staff access to only the records they need, you eliminate potential security loopholes. In addition, when needed information is organized and easily accessible, employees can do their jobs without wasting time wading through records.
Eliminating opportunities for error: A content management system can do much more than just store files, it can be used to automatically fill in repetitive fields across documents (such as name, address, etc) reducing the opportunities for needless errors, streamlining document handling, and eliminating a frustrating and time consuming task from employee workloads.
The cost savings involved in moving your content management to the cloud can be the first reason that you contemplate a change, but don’t let the dollars of this strategy distract you from the good sense of taking advantage of all the benefits the cloud can offer you.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
IT departments are like the unsung heroes of the business world, often keeping our computers running smoothly without many of us ever knowing their inner workings and goings-on. They are ignored when everything is working well, and called upon (sometimes in a panic) to fix any issues that arise when something goes wrong. A large amount of the IT department’s time and effort needs to be devoted to maintaining and updating your company’s content servers, ensuring that the life blood of information continues to flow between all the different arms of the company.
This leads to one of the most seductive questions about moving your information onto cloud content servers: what could you do if your IT department gained a much needed resource- more time? The topic of discussion when it comes to cloud servers is often hardware. Lets not forget the human element. What potential can you unlock in your IT staff if they suddenly had more time?
While cloud content servers are not maintenance free, you are essentially paying another company to handle all hardware related issues and challenges on your behalf. Along with this extra time frequently comes extra money. Depending on how your servers have been functioning in the past, the time and budget savings can be substantial.
Now, imagine you are no longer budgeting to maintain and upgrade hardware resources. How could your IT department actively contribute to the rest of your business goals if they were freed from a purely maintenance role? The economic challenges of the last few years led many small and medium business to operate with “lean” staffing. The sudden addition of more staff time and the chance to re-allocate some of that budget can have an incredibly positive impact on many different aspects of your business.
It’s time to dig up those old wish lists and think back to everything you’ve always wanted to do if you had more IT staff time and resources. Moving your content servers into the cloud might be the key to unlocking the potential of your IT department!
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Hydro electric power, waterworks, natural gas…they are either spaces on a Monopoly board, or bills we have pay to various utility companies each month. Either way, they are essential services that although at their inception were not commonly available, we now access with ease and couldn’t imagine living without.
Merriam-Webster defines a utility as:
a service (as light, power, or water) provided by a public utility.
Consider a new utility on the rise, which in a couple of years, might become the next vital role in the functioning of your business: infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS).
IAAS is the name given to organizations that offer cloud services. They pay for and run the infrastructure on their end, supplying servers and hardware. Users of the cloud simply pay for the time and resources they require, rather than purchasing expensive and often bulky equipment outright. This typically leads to lower purchase and maintenance costs for businesses, freeing up funds, allowing for growth and flexibility in the face of changing circumstances.
In the early days of electricity, if you wanted to run an electrical appliance or process, you would need to generate the power yourself, usually costing both time and money. With the creation of reliable electrical utilities, amazing opportunities opened up for business. Now, even though many parts of the world still struggle with reliable electricity, it would be hard to imagine any part of North America disconnected from the grid for more than a few hours at the worst of times, say due to a storm or a downed power line. If we want our lights to turn on, we simply flick a switch, not giving it a second thought.
It is absolutely amazing to imagine what sort of impact IAAS and cloud computing in general will have as it moves further into the field of being a utility. Perhaps in the future, having your own hardware on site will be like having a generator on hand for emergencies – an exception, rather than the common way of doing business.
Move over Water Works, there is another space on the Monopoly board.
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Implementing eHealth policies can be difficult, as you are often dealing with large institutions that struggle with making decisions, and technology that can often become obsolete before a system can be put in place. One example of this occurred last week when a “$46.2-million contract to build an electronic diabetes registry for eHealth Ontario had formally been cancelled.” Reports indicate that the proposed system had since become obsolete as newer versions of the technology had been developed. Cloud technology and content management system is a fast-paced world where new technologies come and go, which can pose a challenge to health care providers. This is an area WebPal is very interested in. Our CEO Markus Latzel will be presenting at the HIMSS Ontario event in October to discuss WebPal’s role in eHealth initiatives and the future of eHealth.
It is undeniable that there are benefits of a content management system in healthcare: it can help regulate patient and physician paperwork, helping people get the best care as quickly as possible. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto recently experienced what this type of technology can do in terms of processing patients. MyChart is a mobile app that provides access to diagnostic scans, surgery results and medical progress reports on the cloud.
“It empowers the patients so much more – like we are in it together. And it is a whole new way of doing medicine,” said a cancer surgeon at Sunnybrook.
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
The cloud computing and content management industries are gaining steam, and one industry that stands to benefit in a major way is healthcare. WebPal is engaged in various healthcare-oriented projects, as are many other cloud content management systems. The healthcare industry involves extensive paper work and document management is crucial to maintain accurate and reliable patient records, hospital records, insurance records and more. Using a cloud content management system would help automate many administrative functions within hospitals and enable easier access to records by patients and doctors alike.
Platforms like WellFX is launching a social-engagement platform that will be hosted by Amazon on the cloud. Patients will use the platform to form communities to discuss conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. There will also be staff-only community groups to allow healthcare providers discuss best practices of care.
One of the biggest dilemma’s facing healthcare is early detection of disease and symptoms. Many healthcare providers are hoping that developing mobile apps and cloud-based systems will encourage patients to monitor their health more closely. The FDA recently approved a censor that will be used by patients experiencing non-life-threatening irregular heartbeats and will send information to a doctor’s iPad or laptop for real-time monitoring. Hopefully, more technologies like this will emerge in the years to come and the cloud will become an integral aspect of healthcare for future generations.
Thursday, September 13th, 2012
When GoDaddy experienced an outage on Monday that resulted in thousands of sites going down for most of the day, the digital world panicked. A member of the Hacktivist group Anonymous, with the Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn3r, took responsibility for the outage. GoDaddy shot down the claims and instead blamed the outage on “corrupted router data cables.” To appease angry consumers, GoDaddy is offering customers one month of free service.
“We let you down and we know it,” GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner said in an email to customers. “We take out responsibilities – and the trust you place in us – very seriously. I cannot express how sorry I am to those of you who were inconvenienced.”
The outage was understandably a huge upset to many people, as GoDaddy is one of the largest domain providers in North America; they claim to be “largest hosting provider of secure websites in the world.” For customers who do not have their content backed-up on a cloud content management server, this would have been even more disconcerting. Users want access to all their documents from their desktop or their mobile device, and they don’t want to compromise on security.
Sign up for WebPal today for reliable access to all your essential documents in a secure cloud environment. Visit our features page to find out what WebPal can do for you.
Thursday, August 30th, 2012
The world of business is becoming increasingly globalized, and building global brand awareness is a top priority for many companies. A recent survey of 200 U.S.-based CMOs and VPs of marketing revealed that many companies want to go global but lack the resources necessary. Driving web traffic is dependent on content creation, and content becomes more successful when it is generated on a regional basis rather than just direct translations. Although a global strategy may not be an easy feat to pull-off, many respondents to the survey believe it to already be producing results.
“Ninety-one percent of participants acknowledged that their globalization strategy has produced meaningful improvements to website engagement, lead generation and revenue,” says the report.
Another challenge, next to producing original content that is regional-specific, is updating and managing that content. Regionally-specific content often goes long periods of times without being updated.
Sometimes you need a content management system that transcends national boundaries and connects employees and customers from all over the world. The WebPal Cloud Content Management system allows you to organize your documents and makes them accessible from any desktop or mobile device. It also allows you to track users who access the documents and updated versions of the documents. For more information on what WebPal can do for your organization, please visit our features page.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Some of the biggest players in the digital media and information technology space are making major changes to their business models to include cloud software. With services like WebPal, it’s hard to deny the inherent benefits of using cloud content management systems to organize large archives of documents and increasing the mobility of the workplace. Adobe is integrating cloud capabilities into their Creative Suite with Creative Cloud, which will include an Adobe Creative Cloud Connection for syncing and storing files, 20 GB of online space to sync and access content from Creative Cloud, and Adobe’s Touch suite of mobile apps.
Cloud software is the fastest growing IT sector, with a projected revenue of $5 billion for 2012. Cintas, a document management system, has released their top 10 list for document management innovations over history. This includes the transition that took place thousands of years ago from stone tablets to papyrus paper to the printing press, the latter of which is arguably one of the most revolutionary advances in information distribution next to the Internet. At the end of the 1800’s, the filing cabinet and paper clip were developed, which remained as the dominant document management system until 1957 with the adoption of the personal computer and in 1982 with the inception of the Internet.
Cloud content management systems like WebPal offer a secure server to upload your content, providing real-time updates when changes are made to those documents and enabling you to convert documents easily. For more information on our document management system, please visit our features page
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
For some it’s old hat, for some it’s completely unchartered territory and for some it’s an unseen force in their computing lives; The term cloud computing holds different levels of import for different people. Whether you realize it or not, you likely use some form of cloud computing on a daily basis. The jury is still out on an exact definition, since the field is so broad, but CBS News says “Think of the cloud as a disk drive that is owned by a company like Google or Apple, which stores all of your files in a remote location – typically a server farm.”
This can include online services like Netflix, Facebook and Gmail, or subscription based services like Apple’s iCloud and Dropbox. Services like WebPal can offer your enterprise a secure cloud server that syncs all files, and changes to those files, across all devices connected to the cloud, including desktops and mobile devices. Unlike WebPal, free cloud services have been under scrutiny for perceived security risks after journalist Mat Honan’s iCloud account was hacked. Honan admitted his accounts were daisy-chained, meaning hackers were able to gain access to all his devices by hacking one account. There are also questions of ownership of content when you use an open source cloud service like Google.
“The simple truth is we don’t know what Google might do with our data,” says CBS.
In more positive cloud news, Google Fiber is currently being tested in Kansas. It’s a broadband Internet that is 100 times faster than what we currently use. If the testing period is successful, it means more storage for your files.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
With the size and scale of the Olympics, and all the security concerns that accompany it, it can become a logistical nightmare. The Opening Ceremonies alone, while only taking three hours for the actual ceremony, requires careful planning to transport 10 000 athletes to and from the event. And staging meals for 10 000 athletes who, if Michael Phelps’ diet is any indication, can pack away a lot of food? Not an easy feat. Many cloud enthusiasts are wondering if the Olympics could benefit from a cloud content management system to assist with efficiency. Gerry Pennell, CIO of the London Organization Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games says yes, just not yet.
At a press conference last week, Pennell said that although cloud computing could be employed in the future, “it was certainly not possible in the three and a half years we had in the interval between 2008 and 2012.”
“Economically, and in the longer term, it would make a lot of sense for the Olympics to be done on a cloud infrastructure basis, because it’s a very peaky operation, so you would be able to call off some resources and use them for a short amount of time,” says Pennell.
Certain IT capabilities are essential to the running of the Olympics, one being a centralized data bank of athletes and their statistics for use by press agencies all over the world. A cloud content management like WebPal would be ideal for sorting through the mounds of data required and hopefully Olympic committees take this route in the future.
To find out more about what WebPal can do for you, go to our features page.