Cloud Mobility: Key Issues

In the past few years, Telecom sector has been jubilant over the groundbreaking sales of smartphones and tablets. The digital space and internet world are brim, with numerous compelling devices being added every day and the number doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon. There is an exponential surge in consumerization of IT – Bring your own Device (BYOD) being the top in the list.
On one hand if there is a boom in smartphone and tablets market, on the other side companies grapple with the challenge of supporting and managing such a gamut of devices owned by businesses and employees.
The intersection of cloud and mobility has created trends of explosive growth, but they also come with key issues and IT pressure. Let’s discuss some of the impending grey areas.
Challenges of Cloud & Mobility
Data security & Network capabilities: Your IT environment needs to be robust enough and sufficiently developed to allow seamless transfer of applications to a hosted model or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution where the application itself resides in the cloud. With growing budget of corporate software development for mobile apps, issues of scaling and management of growing demand also arise, especially with the routine increase in density of mobile users accessing cloud-based data and applications.
Data Security of Mobile devices: Although cloud platforms are secured with SSL and digital certificates yet data security for mobile devices remains to be looming – more importantly it stems from when people lose their devices which happens often. Similarly, managing the data integrity is a pressing issue when users sync their devices with the cloud. If one of your resource is updating a document and doesn’t sync the latest back to the cloud, other users will be stuck with the older version.
Multi-platform access: To provide multi-platform access to your users when operating within private cloud networks is a huge challenge since the private cloud architecture is very complex.
Updating Security policies: With evolving cloud ecosystem and mobile apps the security policies too need to be constantly updated which will be a proverbial task in progress. As per an IDC cloud survey of nearly 1700 technology decision makers, “Concerns about the security of various cloud computing solutions and the risk of unauthorized access as well as concerns over data integrity protection is ranked No. 1”.
Irrespective of the company policies people have the tendency of using their mobile devices both for official and personal purposes. One of the options for remote management of mobile devices is offering tools like encryption and passwords to create “enterprise sandboxes” that segregates the personal and corporate data conveniently.
BYOD prepared infrastructure: Another daunting problem that IT providers come across is the preparedness of their IT infrastructure for an enterprise BYOD policy to make it possible for data to be transmitted and accessed easily from a range of mobile devices with various operating systems.
Collaboration of access: Accessing the cloud via mobile devices can become a big problem for collaboration. Several mobile platforms are not supported by sophisticated document editing tools. In addition, there are a very few options for multi-party video conferencing while using document sharing option over the cloud.
Network Infrastructure: Network infrastructure need to be continuously upgraded, should be latest and strong to maintain consistence in connectivity, else the cloud app will be rendered completely inefficient and useless.
This problem can be handled by using the HTML5 that enables data caching that further empowers the mobile cloud application to function normally and continuously even during an outage.
Mobile Cloud Computing is a hybrid model that is a mix of Mobile devices accessing the services remotely available on the cloud. Many organizations are still in its initial stage of implementation and getting a grip of exploiting the benefits of it. In tow of these issues the benefits of cloud mobility can be impeded which needs to be addressed for optimized cloud-based mobility infrastructure.
We will discuss the benefits of cloud-based mobility solutions in our next blog.
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Healthcare Sector and Cloud Computing: Transforming to Serve better

Technology is continuously developing, especially in the highly competitive healthcare industry. Going by historic data, healthcare industry has been one of the slowest adopter of technology; and surely for valid and obvious reasons to stay vigilant and conventional in approach.
Enter cloud computing!
Cloud computing is altering the way healthcare providers deliver quality at affordable services.
The global healthcare cloud computing market is forecasted to become $9.48 billion by 2020 from $3.73 billion in 2015 — growing at CAGR of 20.5%. The market will be dominated by North America, with Europe and Asia to follow. The growth will however, pressurize healthcare system infrastructure to maintain and improve access to quality care without overburdening the costs.
Healthcare providers have no choice but to embrace the cloud in some form. This transition is being driven by two forces: the business imperative to cut costs and facilitate better quality of care.
Let us discuss some of the benefits that cloud computing has been able to bring about in healthcare sector.
Access to Healthcare
Getting access to proper healthcare in remote areas is a greater challenge, mainly when patients have a busy schedule to chase. In the midst of the lifestyle upheaval, telehealth and virtual care solutions are gaining impetus with laws also being modified to accelerate adoption and reach out to the needy at large.
Medication adherence
Patients falter in following prescriptions as advised that many times leads in their re-admissions, costing a huge sum on healthcare insurance units and indirectly on the government.  Automated messaging to keep a log of medicine refills before they expire or when to consume is expanding rapidly to avoid such burdens.
Drug theft and counterfeiting
Theft, counterfeiting, selling expired medicine are some of the problems which can be controlled by monitoring the supply chain. This has opened a vast market for solutions which monitor and log supply chain procedures in real-time and report suspicious actions.
Resource Incompetence
Mounting expenses of healthcare is debated the most amongst policy makers and yet no real solution has been employed to date effectively. One of the key factors that adds to the cost of healthcare is inadequacy of resources like medical staff, equipment and easy access to patient resource pool for clinical studies.
With the use of artificial intelligence in the healthcare environment, healthcare experts’ capabilities can be expanded since data can be amplified with smart machine-based analytics for doctors to appraise. For clinical trials and scientific studies, a social network-based approach can be used to gain accessibility to the patient pool.
Personal data privacy
Every healthcare organization that maintains and manages their own medical records witnesses a nightmare on the data security and compliance front, let alone that it adds significant cost for them to maintain their own IT infrastructure and be liable for all the data directly.
Cloud-based solutions provide access to state-of-the-art security technologies, thereby minimize the individual liabilities on each of the healthcare organization.
Uniform medical records
Each hospital or care provider who have in-house customized Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is not in favor of the consumer change. In addition to overburden the cost to the healthcare system due to the hassle of maintaining a different system for each hospital, it also makes more painful for patients to change their practitioners. What that means for patients is, they have to remain confined to a certain care provider and may not always get the finest care which could be the case if they had easy access to their EHR in a typical uniform format.
As digital transformation spreads across the healthcare industry, improvements in connectivity, security, and cloud services technologies are allowing the healthcare ecosystem to solve numerous major challenges that the sector is facing — leveraging health clouds to address key issues.
Cloud computing and healthcare industry are a perfect match – together they can give fantastic health services and reach out to the otherwise inaccessible patients. With recent advancements in cloud computing the healthcare ecosystem is positioned to make the most of networked applications, as a result create and deploy better healthcare solutions.
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Cloud Compliance is more complicated than you think

The dynamics of cloud infrastructure are changing rapidly, in response to the increasing number of security threats that data in the cloud is being subjected to. Most cloud service providers until recently were focused on data storage. With the increasing attacks on enterprise data, government and industrial regulations have become stringent and compliance has become mandatory than a value-add. Hence both organizations and Cloud Service Providers alike are shifting their focus from data storage to data security and compliance.

Challenges during Cloud Migration

Many company executives have make-shift cloud strategies managing cloud migration on their own. However most such initiatives run into problems and executives face many challenges in migrating to cloud, arising out of some common mistakes. Many businesses go about without any specific cloud migration strategies but a thorough process evaluation and goal setting can help avoid some common and costly mistakes such as:

Assimilation of Security Technologies into Cloud Platforms

Cloud is the future and organizations around the world are adopting cloud platforms for managing their IT resources. According to a recent Gartner report on the cloud computing trends in India, the enterprise IT spend on cloud computing increased to $71 Billion in 2016, a six percent increment from 2015i. The trend is slated to continue. The same Gartner report positioned cloud computing to constitute a major share of the IT investments this year. With an increased rate of adoption and especially post recent cyber-threats like WannaCry and Petya, organizations across the world have realized the importance of cloud security and are working towards safeguarding their cloud.