Cloud Computing in Health & Business
Why is cloud computing so popular in this day and age? What are the pros and cons of this technology, and is it a good choice for healthcare IT? Support your answers with a strong rationale and citations where appropriate. (200 words)
When you respond to your classmates, thoroughly analyze the answers they have provided and contribute to their posts with additional points of view and whether you agree with their assessment. Be sure to support your ideas with a strong rationale and citations where appropriate. (50-100 words each)
ALL citations and references needs to be APA 7th edition format.
Although the successful implementation of cloud technology is occurring, both in the public sector and the private sector, cloud providers are pushing continually for extension of both pace and scope. Awareness and suspicion relating to the privacy and security of remote storing and processing is heightened and debated on a global scale when it comes to the implementation of cloud technology (Lindh & Nolin 2017). The size of an organization can be critical in terms of cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP). The smaller the company the less expensive process required in IT infrastructure (Buonanno et al., 2005). On the other hand, for larger companies who prefer to maintain a stable and robust system that would not be entirely network or internet-dependent the cloud can be critical to their businesses’ success for several reasons. The cloud offers speed, access from multiple devices anywhere, and is cost savings. There are also multiple challenges in the adoption of cloud ERP implementation for SMEs and large organizations. Such challenges are customization: the needs and requirements of the organization, organizational change, long-term costs, business complexity, loss of IT competencies, & legal issues to name a few (Gupta et al., 2017).
“Cloud computing is rapidly gaining traction in business. It offers businesses online services on demand (such as Gmail, iCloud and Salesforce) and allows them to cut costs on hardware and IT support” (De Bruin et al., 2017, p. 21). Many facilities use cloud computing as an easy and affordable way to save money while still effectively running a business.
Cloud computing can be affordable. “…it decreases the need for businesses to invest in fancy computers, data servers, expensive software that you only use once a month, maintenance and support staff, and many other things” (De Bruin et al., 2017, p. 24). Cloud computing can store data to ensure it is not lost. Cloud computing also offers data backup at different locations to ensure system failure or power outage does not interrupt services (De Bruin et al., 2017).
Cloud computing has the potential to be hacked. “The year 2010, for instance, witnessed a huge cyber-attack on the popular cloud email services of Gmail” (De Bruin et al., 2017, p. 22). Since cloud computing offers data storage at different locations as mentioned previously, there is a higher risk of information getting stolen by hackers. Another issue with cloud computing is that if businesses are not willing to pay for the best quality of services, then they will deal with lost connections and pop-ups to name a few. Also, cloud computing has been known to lose data. (Wager et al., 2013). Even though cloud computing stores data there could still be a system failure that causes data to be lost.
I believe that cloud computing can be very beneficial for a business, as long as they are able to pay for the more superior plans to ensure their data is not hacked, interrupted, or lost.