There are a lot of articles and stories out there today talking about the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing in optical. And this is nothing new, the cloud has been around for a while now. The cloud can be used in a variety of ways in both your personal and professional lives. So why not take advantage of it?
4 Easy Ways Cloud Computing in Optical Can Boost Your Productivity
1. Enhanced Mobility
Using applications in the cloud make it possible for you to access data from a variety of devices no matter where you are. Desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone - doesn't matter. All you need is an Internet connection to access the cloud. This enhanced mobility keeps you connected to your data and your staff at all times, making it easier for you to stay on top of your work even when you're out of the office.
2. Faster File Sharing and Collaboration
There are a variety of tools in the cloud that provide faster file sharing and easier collaboration between you and your staff. Applications like DropBox and Google Drive are a couple of great examples. Any files saved in cloud-based appilcations like these allow you to access them from any device (not just the device in which they were saved), and they make it possible for multiple users to access, edit, and save files at the same time. You don't have to worry about saving and emailing updated documents back and forth because they can all be saved and accessed quickly in the cloud.
3. File Protection
Saving your data in the cloud protects it in a lot of ways. What would happen if your laptop was stolen? How much data would you be at risk of losing? Having the assurance that your data is safe in the cloud without the possibility of losing your data in the event your device is stolen or damaged will give you more time to spend on the important stuff.
4. Less Tech Hassles Means More Time for Patients
Companies that provide cloud-based applications and services take care of a lot of the technology hassles that would normally have to be handled by you. Security, backups, and upgrades are all handled by the cloud vendor. This might be especially important in your eyecare practice if you don't have the IT knowledge of managing all of those things on your own. And having to spend less time on these technology hassles will give you more time to spend with your patients. For example, if your practice management system is cloud-based you wouldn't have to worry about closing down the office in order to perform updates. Updates like this are all taken care of on the fly so it's one less thing for you to worry about.
So, now that you've heard how cloud computing can help boost productivity, efficiency, and collaboration within your office maybe it's time to learn more. Check out our eBook, Rise Up to The Cloud: Cloud Computing in Optical, for more info!