Cloud Computing

Using web-based tools to work more efficiently and effectively and lower costs

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing refers to a new way of using the Internet to store data, run software, and access computing power. Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way the technology sector packages, sells, and distributes products and services, and is dramatically changing the way organizations approach their information and communication technology. Instead of storing all files and running all programs on your own computer, Cloud Computing allows you to store files and run programs on powerful server computers that you can control and access over the Internet.

Innoweave Introduction to Cloud Computing Webinar from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation on Vimeo.

You may already be familiar with common cloud computing solutions such as web-based email, shared calendars such as Google Calendar; file management applications such as Dropbox, Box, or SkyDrive; web-based CRMs such as Salesforce or Insightly; and image storage and sharing services such as Flickr or Picasa. The Innoweave Cloud Computing module helps community organizations understand, select, and implement cloud-based technology solutions that enable them to work more efficiently and effectively while lowering costs.

What are the benefits of Cloud Computing?

Transitioning to cloud computing permits staff to access documents remotely, track interactions with contacts, and manage email accounts and calendars from anywhere and with multiple devices. It can also save organizations time and money, as the cost of software upgrades, data storage, and network monitoring is often taken-on by cloud-based tool providers.

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