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C-Level Executives Fear Missing Healthcare Cloud Innovations

C-level executives reveal that they have trouble keeping track of healthcare cloud advancements and fear falling behind on new innovations.

Healthcare cloud is advancing rapidly and executives fear missing out on the latest technology.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- A recent report released by Commvault revealed that 81 percent of C-level executives are concerned that their organization is not adopting new cloud technologies quickly enough, and even fear missing out on cloud advancements.

The report’s survey polled C-level executives across all major industries, including healthcare, and found that passing over advancing cloud computing advancements is causing executives to focus on cloud strategies.

Ninety-three percent of respondents stated that they plan to move processes to the cloud.

"The research indicates the migration toward the cloud is underway in full force, even as companies struggle to understand cloud capabilities. Data protection and recovery was highlighted as a fundamental area where the cloud is having significant business impact," CITO Research CTO Dan Woods said in a statement.  

IT leaders are tasked with tracking major cloud developments by a number of different providers and worry about missing the latest developments, the report stated. Many organizations deploy multiple cloud solutions from multiple vendors. Different vendors develop their cloud technology at varying paces, which may make certain solutions feel more obsolete than others.

"Implementing cloud technologies remains an effective way to advance digital transformation within your business,” Commvault Senior Director of Solutions Marketing Don Foster said in a statement. “C-level and other IT leaders are rightfully concerned about keeping up with cloud developments.”

"To be innovative in this transformation, organizations of all sizes must have a clear understanding of how new cloud technology developments enable pragmatic and efficient means for how data is moved, managed, protected and most effectively used with cloud technology, either on-premises or with a cloud provider,” Foster continued.

The report also touched on what sorts of advancements executives are most interested in for the future of their cloud infrastructure.

Seventy-five percent said that data protection and backup was one of the most impactful uses of cloud. However, only 63 percent were concerned about being able to quickly and efficiently recover data from the cloud.

Many cloud service providers provide data backup services, but organizations also need to concern themselves with data recovery. Healthcare entities especially need to continue normal operations, even in the wake of a cyberattack.

Organizations also expressed concern over moving applications to the cloud, citing data volume, staff support, and cloud policies as significant obstacles.

Eighty-seven percent of respondents stated that they plan to allocate more of their budget toward cloud migration efforts to help resolve migration challenges.

Organizations often begin their cloud implementation by migrating apps to the cloud. Data migrations are a large undertaking and requires entities to invest in tools to successfully migrate data.

Cloud-based migration tools take advantage of the cloud’s flexibility and allow organizations to only pay for migration services during the actual migration. This type of migration lets the organization have a better understanding of its budget and the infrastructure required to make sure the migration does not impact everyday workflow.

Cloud also offers organizations a flexible environment to store and access data and save entities money in the long run.

The survey concluded that cloud is ever-changing and essential to the way businesses will function and interact with data in the future. As cloud technology continues to advance, entities need to be aware of the advancements being developed and how they address major concerns, such as backup and recovery and data migration.

Healthcare organizations are facing an on-premises and cloud hybrid reality for the foreseeable future. Entities are faced with making the best decision on what belongs in the cloud and what needs to remain on-premises. Continued cloud advancements can help organizations decide the best place for certain data so they can take advantage of flexible technology.

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