Cloud computing, with all its features and benefits, also comes with some multidimensional perks. The cloud computing paradigm has been driving innovation in almost all sectors of the market; contrary to the popular belief that cloud computing is just beneficial for computing applications.
The second a company needs more bandwidth than usual, a cloud-based service can instantly meet the demand because of the vast capacity of the service’s remote servers and this enables businesses and research groups to be more efficient and output oriented rather than being tangled in logistics of resources. When companies start relying on cloud-based services, they no longer need complex disaster recovery plans. We look at some points where cloud computing has driven innovation in health, education and lifestyle industry.
Introduction of technology in Education: Gone are the days when schools had to buy big machines/hardware to teach kids how to program or run applications. With computing power shifting to the internet, it can be done remotely and presented to kids siting far away. If a school or agency wants to launch a new innovative program, it can do so by leveraging cloud infrastructure without having to acquire significant hardware, lowering both time and cost barriers to deployment. Cloud computing services are typically pay as you go, so there’s no need for capital expenditure at all. And because cloud computing is much faster to deploy, educational institutions have minimal project start-up costs and predictable ongoing operating expenses. Also, cloud computing means that more researchers have access to massive raw computing power, so they can run intensive applications on the server rather than worrying about what computer to buy.
Health Industry: With many healthcare services being based increasingly on cloud computing platforms, cloud-based applications are noticing a surge across the healthcare industry changing the very definition of healthcare. The effort is skewed to be more patient-centric and data-driven. Instead of just focusing on healthcare employees, the cloud is rapidly being adopted in other sectors like operating models, service offerings, collaborative capabilities and end-user services. The cost factor discussed above applies heavily to developing countries where the healthcare services are under invested in. They can start new projects relatively care-free on the cloud. This induces innovation and a technological shift towards better services.
Lifestyle and business: The biggest lifestyle change is the pervasion of internet in our daily lives. The data you access online to shop, whether it be amazon or flipkart, is stored a cloud server. Social media is another area where cloud computing is of essential importance. As long as employees have internet access, they can work from anywhere. This flexibility positively affects knowledge workers’ work-life balance and productivity. BYOD devices contribute to this. Businesses are shifting to cloud computing too because of obvious cost and logistics reasons. It just makes good sense. If a company doesn’t use the cloud, workers have to send files back and forth over email, meaning only one person can work on a file at a time and the same document has tones of names and formats.
Thus the cloud computing paradigm is not only beneficial for businesses but also for all the sectors we talked about above and more. It is driving deeper innovations in universities and workplaces and making lives easier and saving lives on a daily basis.