By now, you’ve probably heard of Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Business. These are cloud computing alternative to purchasing, installing and maintaining Office productivity programs on your own in-house server. Now, instead of paying $300 per license, you can get access to all the applications via the Internet for a few bucks per month (like paying for a utility) through this new cloud computing service.
What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing or “going to the cloud” is very similar to the concept of paying for electricity as a utility rather than purchasing and running your own generator to power your home or office. Public utilities shoulder the burden of generating and delivering electricity and can provide a cheap, reliable, “pay as you go” service to anyone wanting water or power. Similarly, with cloud computing, the cost of hosting, securing and delivering network services (like Office or Apps) are owned by the utility company (in this case, Microsoft or Google).
Cloud computing isn’t limited to just office productivity applications. Many line of business applications that you may be using today, such as Practice Management, EMR, CRM, and ERP are now available in the cloud.
Is This a Smart Move?
The cost savings with services like Office 365 are hard to ignore; however, there are a number of things to consider before you jump ship to cloud computing. You need to consider the reliability of your Internet connection, what type of help desk support you want, security, what other applications (accounting, CRM, line of business applications, etc.) you need and which devices (scanners, printers, iPads) you need to use.
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