First, it was your data is in “The Cloud”. Now, the hype is cloud computing! Sounds like a storm is brewing. Well, many of you already know these are not weather terminologies, but rather technological.
In simple terms, “the cloud” denotes services and software which do not necessarily require your physical computer but rather rely on access to the internet. Access to cloud services is typically through web browsers such as Google Chrome or Firefox. The cloud can be public, private, hybrid, or community. Some cloud services you may be familiar with are Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and even Netflix. As long as there is an Internet connection, the cloud allows you to access that information from any device.
Working hand in hand with the cloud, cloud computing utilizes the internet not only to store information, but also to run different applications and programs. By allowing access from any device, an individual can greatly increase collaboration and efficiency. Productivity is maximized when the team is allowed to access, edit, and share documents at any time from any place. In addition, rather than having to spend an enormous amount of money on a particular software or application or data center, businesses can rent their access. Below are other benefits:
Now before you jump on the cloud computing bandwagon, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. As with anything, there are drawbacks. Contemplate the following:
According to Gartner, in 2019 the global public cloud service market will be in excess of $200 billion. Insurance carriers’ adoption of cloud computing can be beneficial for you, the insurance consumer.
So, this April don’t be fooled into adopting the newest and latest trends without considering the repercussions and don’t be fooled into thinking those trends will not have any implications on your business either. Instead, weigh out the pros and cons before you decide to adopt and implement.
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