Businesses Are Moving to the Clouds


Cloud computing can best be described as a real-time communication network that involves a large number of computers, servers, desktops, tablets, laptops, phones, etc. Cloud computing allows for running programs on many connected devices at the same time. Cloud computing in the business environment started with employees. Employees want the option to have their office travel with them. Cloud computing allows employees to have all the benefits of working in the office without actually having to be in the office. All they need is a device that can connect to their business network; even a phone with internet capability can be sufficient. This is beneficial to any company, because employees have proven to be more efficient and with the flexibility of working remotely employees are even willing to work longer hours if that means they can work outside of the office. Another benefit is bringing in your own device for work. If you have an Apple computer, you know how to work your Apple computer, and the same goes for Dell, Asus, etc. The point being, employees do not want to learn to use a new device when they are perfectly comfortable with their own and that makes cloud computing useful in that sense.

Not only do employees reap the benefits of the cloud computing system, the business/IT model forecasts are more accurate than ever. In the past when businesses would purchase new hardware or software they would have to forecast into the future spanning five to ten years. The problem is, businesses grow which inhibits the need for more employees which demands more storage space, and you get it… the forecast is wrong and you have to purchase more, and it’s not cheap! With cloud computing server capacity and running out of storage space is no worry.

Most importantly, cloud computing has positively effected customers. As we learned in class via the airplane experiment and have been reminded all quarter, the customer is the most important aspect in any business. If you don’t know what your customer wants, how will you be successful? Cloud computing has changed the way a company can interact with the customer. It allows for a business to react to customer needs as soon as the customer wants. Customers don’t have to wait to shop for products and services they have access 24/7. With cloud computing customer satisfaction reaches all new levels.

The newest cloud on the market is CenturyLinkVoice. CenturyLinkVoice is promoted as a business solutionfor small and large companies. And the idea is the same as all of the factors above; it provides a network for employees that will enable them to work wherever they have a functioning device, and more importantly it caters to customers wants and needs. For a short promotional video about CenturyLinkVoice, please see the link at the bottom of this post as well as an article discussing the impact cloud computing has had on Toyota.


To Understand Just How Much The Cloud Will Change The World, Look At Toyota

CenturyLink Promotional Video

Article – Cloud Computing: Effectively Changing The Business Operation Model

A Bloody Good System

It is nearly impossible to go through a day without using or being exposed to technology. People all over the world are using it on a daily basis whether it be for personal use or for business purposes.  And while technology may often get a bad rap, in the business world it has allowed for more efficient operations, it has helped in developing systems for quality control, and continues to constantly improve day-to-day business activities.

HemaTerra Technologies is an operational software systems provider that allows organizations a new way to manage quality. HemaTerra Technologies strictly deals with biological products, most commonly or popularly known products are blood, platelets, and plasma.  HemaTerra launched its web-based Quality Control management system known as HemaComply. With the implementation of HemaComply, unease and uncertainty are taken out of the equation when dealing with everyday Quality Control plans.

How the system works is like this: “from beginning to end, each step in the Quality Control process is recorded, acknowledged and completed before becoming a part of the Quality Control plan history.” By means of this system, dealing with loads of spreadsheets and an assortment of data files is eliminated. This point and click system leaves no room for error, provides efficiency, and assures quality.

Hammering on the concept of a continuousimprovement plan, it is important to constantly be measuring the quality of your product or service and seeing what can be done or implemented toensure the maximization of quality.

What came as a surprise to me was that there was not already a software system in place for organizations like this. Ordering or reading a blood type incorrectly and then distributing it can cause serious complications depending on who is receiving it and what the circumstances may be. Before HemaComply whoever was responsible would have to sort through various spreadsheets and data is only broadening the margin for error, and putting patients/customers in danger.

In my experience, all of my medical history has been available online. Medical history I would consider to be on the large scale when it comes to healthcare and/or the medical field. To have such a small facet of this industry (biological products) not already using a system like this seems careless. With HemaComply and other software that guarantees correct and quality information, why even run the risk of inputting data incorrectly? On the large scale, if organizations (in any industry) are aware of more refined quality tools, software, etc. why are they not using them?

Measuring quality and making improvements is a continuous process. In order to yield the greatest results the finest quality control management tools must be put into practice. Withoutdoing so, a business can be doing itself, and more importantly its customers, a disservice.



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