We have all heard of “the cloud,” but what is it? And why should you use it? You’re probably sick of searching the Internet and reading article after article to understand what the cloud is and how it can help you. So we have compiled a playlist for you to jam out to while we walk you through the benefits you will experience when using cloud computing in optical.
A Playlist to Help You Understand Cloud Computing in Optical!
Track 1: I Want to Break Free – Queen
“I've got to break free, I want to break free!” You know that conventional data storage is outdated and slow, but you don’t know how to escape from your current set-up. It is difficult when you are restricted to working solely in the office, or when you have to wait months for software updates or bug fixes. Break free from client-server software and experience the many benefits of the cloud!
Track 2: It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
“It's time to begin, isn't it? I get a little bit bigger but then I'll admit, I'm just the same as I waaas…" When you use the cloud, all of the data you are accessing is just the same as it was; however, you can now access it from any device, with greater ease. Don’t you think it’s time to begin using new technology in order to simplify your life?
Track 3: Don’t Stop – Foster the People
“Don't stop, don't stop, talkin' to me, don't stop, don't stop giving me things.” Since the cloud allows for easy growth of your server space, you can upload as much data as you want! There is no longer a need to purchase new hardware in order to get the space that you need, just a larger data plan.
Track 4: Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
“Ahh ooooo, I want to be with you everywhere!” Take your documents from room to room, all on one portable device. Thanks to the innovation of the cloud, you no longer have to deal with logging on different desktops each time you enter a new room, and multiple users can be online at the same time- so everyone using the system has the most recent version of all files. This saves time for everyone involved, making for a much happier environment overall. Not only is it accessible from any room, it is available virtually anywhere—all you need is connection to the Internet.
Track 5: Safe & Sound – Capital Cities
“Even if the sky is falling down, I know that we'll be safe and sound”. When you send data to the cloud, it is broken down into very small pieces, encrypted, and sent through secure channels of the Internet to a remote server. So even when it seems like the sky is falling in your office, you can be confident that your data is safe and sound in the cloud.
Track 6: Free - Natalia Kills
“Change a quarter to a hundred, gotta stretch that dollar bill…” With in-office servers, you waste money on purchasing new hardware and updates, and maybe even on hiring an IT consultant. When you use cloud-based practice management systems, you reap the benefits of easy expansion. No need to continually purchase hardware that will depreciate, crash, and burn within a few years; with the cloud, you pay monthly for services, and never pay for more than you need.
Track 7: Whatever You Need – Tina Turner
“Whatever you want, whatever you need, I will be right here waiting…” Working within the cloud allows for more flexibility among co-workers and patients, and has a greater chance of meeting the needs of everyone at once. Whatever you need, it will be there for you.
Track 8: Madness – Muse
“…Like some kind of madness was taking control.” Sometimes trying to understand the latest technologies can feel like a kind of “madness,” but all you really need is an explanation. We have gone over many of the features and functionality of cloud computing in eyecare, and, hopefully, now we have you singing, “And now, I have finally seen the light… and I have finally realized, what you need.”
Do you like what the cloud has to offer? Check out Uprise, a cloud-based practice management and EHR system built just for optometrists!