Possibly the easiest way to understand what cloud computing means is to define it in terms of what it’s meant to replace. Before cloud computing, traditional business software was complicated and expensive. It required a variety of hardware to run, and demanded a whole team of IT experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update it. When you multiply this effort across the dozens of applications needed in today’s business environment, it becomes easy to see why organizations fail to get the performance they desire.
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Increasingly, organizations of all types are turning to cloud computing to minimize time and money spent on the care and feeding of complex hardware and software environments. The cloud frees companies from traditional software and its hidden costs, risks, and drawn-out implementations. It enables organizations to focus on strategic activities that will drive added value.
It is important to recognize that as the buzz surrounding cloud computing grows, many vendors simply rebrand their non-cloud products and services as “cloud computing,” without actually delivering any of the fundamental benefits of being in the cloud. Always evaluate cloud offerings with care to ensure they actually are cloud offerings, with the attendant benefits:
But gaining hardware and software efficiencies—although significant in their own right—merely scratch the surface of the attendant benefits of cloud computing. Today’s healthcare environment is a demanding one, requiring agility, visibility, and unprecedented levels of information access and sharing, all in an effort to reduce healthcare costs while improving patient outcomes. XIFIN’s cloud-based Health Economics Optimization Platform, with its service oriented architecture, leverages the cloud and is by design:
Business is better in the cloud. Organizations are freed from traditional software and its hidden costs, high failure rates, unacceptable risks, and protracted implementations. Even better, the cloud’s interoperable and connected foundation speeds the exchange, analysis, and understanding of information, improves operational and financial performance, and opens up new ways for healthcare stakeholders to operate, which in turn leads to better outcomes. Cloud computing is essential to the achievement of health economics optimization.